As the weather warms up, we’re all looking for simple summer sweets to keep us cool—and we’re not just talking about homemade ice cream. Many of the best fruit desserts are summer-ready—hello, berries!
Which takes us to the subject of blackberries: You know that blackberries are at their ripest and most delicious when the days are long and the weather is warm, whether you acquire yours from the grocery store, the local farmers market, or you’re fortunate enough to be able to pick your own. In fact, the blackberries seem to get sweeter as the season progresses. Blackberries may be used to sweeten easy weekday dinners, to pile onto a vegan breakfast, to swirl into summer drink recipes, and, of course, to add to delectable no-bake dessert recipes like pies, popsicles, and more.
Blackberries are not only delicious, but they are also highly healthful. You may eat these dishes guilt-free because they’re high in fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin K. There are a variety of desserts you can make with blackberries. Some of them include:
Summer Berry-Coconut Milk Ice Pops: Store-bought ice pops will never compare to homemade, especially when it comes to this simple recipe for creamy, dreamy, sweet coconut milk pops with a combination of summer berries (including blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries) with a hint of cardamom. On a hot July day, it’s one of those dessert recipes that’s perfect for serving during an outdoor brunch.
- Recipe for Summer Berry-Coconut Milk Ice Pops
Blackberry White Chocolate Cheesecake Cups: The flavor of blackberries is enhanced by white chocolate. Yes, it is correct! The crunch of baking chips, the sweet and salty pretzel crust, and the blackberry puree make this a fantastic small dessert.
- Recipe for Blackberry White Chocolate Cheesecake Cups
Blackberry Fool with Calvados: The fool is a traditional British dish made with pureed fruit and whipped cream that ceramicist Peter Ting learned to make after relocating to England in 1976. He macerated half the blackberries overnight in Calvados to add a touch of elegance, then topped the fruit with dollops of whipped cream blended with blackberry puree.
- Recipe for Blackberry Fool with Calvados
Plum-Blackberry Streusel Pie: On top of an all-butter pie crust, a sleek, inky tangle of bright, tangy plums and deep, earthy blackberries sits beneath a crunchy streusel topping. In the filling, a blend of cornstarch and tapioca helps to keep the fruit’s hues true and to set up their liquids attractively without becoming too thick. You’ll want to make this blackberry pie again and again.
- Recipe for Plum-Blackberry Streusel Pie
Buttermilk Cake with Blackberries: This buttermilk cake is light and moist, with an appealing crispy top and sweet-tart berries in every mouthful, and it only takes 20 minutes to prepare. When blackberries (or even raspberries) are in season, this will be your go-to cake.
- Recipe for Buttermilk Cake with Blackberries
Peach and Berry Cobbler: Because it uses in-season peaches and berries, it’s one of the most popular summer recipes. However, frozen fruit tastes just as good at any time of year. The simple biscuit topping ties everything together.
- Recipe for Peach and Berry Cobbler
This is an ideal drink for summer. Use gin or vodka with the cucumbers and mint, and raspberries instead of blackberries if your blackberry supply is depleted.
- Recipe for Blackberry-Cucumber Mule
Coconut-Buttermilk Pie with Blackberry Caramel: Bobby Flay’s pie is creamy and crunchy, but the rich and smooth blackberry caramel, created with fresh blackberries and blackberry liqueur, takes it to the next level.
- Recipe for Coconut-Buttermilk Pie with Blackberry Caramel
Glazed Blueberry-Blackberry Turnovers: Blueberries and blackberries complement each other beautifully, particularly when buried in the pockets of these hand pies, which are coated after baking.
- Recipe for Glazed Blueberry-Blackberry Turnovers
Red Velvet Cake with Blackberry–Cream Cheese Whipped Frosting: Birthday cakes with a hint of chocolate in the layers and a tangy cream cheese icing streaked with blackberry compote are perfect for summer celebrations.
- Recipe for Red Velvet Cake with Blackberry–Cream Cheese Whipped Frosting
Pineapple, Blackberry, and Basil Smoothie: During the winter, you might create smoothies using frozen fruit, but when fresh berries are ripe, this one is amazing. Blackberries go well with lime, coconut water, basil, and slices of fresh pineapple.
- Recipe for Pineapple, Blackberry, and Basil Smoothie
Blackberry Financiers: Brown butter and almonds, as well as a sprinkling of powdered sugar, give these miniature cakes a toasty flavor. Despite the fact that they’re baked in a muffin tin, they’re far more sophisticated than your usual cupcake, and they only take 45 minutes to make.
- Recipe for Blackberry Financiers
Black & Blue Berry Grunt: Try this old-fashioned treat if you’re seeking for something different than the typical cakes and fruit pies. It’s topped with handmade dumplings and a wonderful blend of blackberries and blueberries.
- Recipe for Black & Blue Berry Grunt
Lemon Chess Pie with Berry Sauce: This is one of those traditional Southern desserts that everyone enjoys. The simple berry sauce adds color and a delightful acidity to the dish.
- Recipe for Lemon Chess Pie with Berry Sauce
Three-Layer Berry and Brown Sugar Pavlova: This towering meringue is flavored with brown sugar and baked in cake pans, then layered with berries and tangy sour cream whip. It’ll be a show-stopper at your next summer picnic.
- Recipe for Three-Layer Berry and Brown Sugar Pavlova
Lemon-Berry Shortcake: This easy lemon shortcake is moist and not too sugary. With a thick layer of whipped topping and berries, serve this summertime staple.
- Recipe for Lemon-Berry Shortcake
Blackberries can be used to make a variety of desserts. Start off with some simple recipes like that of a brownie or cake then try more complicated ones.