15 Easy Ways to Turn Berries into Dessert

updated May 28, 2019
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I try to make a special trip up to my hometown in Massachusetts every summer to go berry picking. Surely I could go to a closer spot by my current home in New York, but I just can’t seem to nudge the no-frills spot near where I grew up off my summer bucket list. I load up on as many blueberries and raspberries as I can carry back with me on the train and relish their sweetness until the very last berry is polished off. Dessert is my favorite way to feature the fruit — aside from snacking on them straight, of course. Whether it’s a warm, baked cake or cobbler or a light, fresh granita, there is no shortage of ways to feature berries at the end of a meal during peak season. Here are 15 great recipes.

Blueberries and Blackberries

Inky blue fruit like blueberries and blackberries carry a rich flavor inside of them that mimics their deep color. It wouldn’t be summer without baking one into a cobbler at least once.

Strawberries and Raspberries

Red berries, like strawberries and raspberries, look like jewels on top of a cake or when tucked into a pie, so it’s no wonder they are always a crowd-favorite for dessert.

Mixed Berries

No one ever said you can only pick one berry for dessert. Bring the whole gang together and you’ve got a colorful treat that celebrates the season’s abundance.