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50+ Best Berry Desserts

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Berry Desserts are always a hit with my family. Once seasonal berries hit the market, I start with strawberry shortcakes and continue with sweet creations all summer long. Today, I’m sharing the best berry desserts from the blog!

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Best Berry Desserts

Strawberries:

Local strawberries are the first to ripen, so a good strawberry shortcake is always on our June menu. From there, I make tarts, parfaits, and even cheesecakes topped with luscious, juicy strawberries. Scroll through and let me know your favorites!

Strawberry Shortcake with White Chocolate Whipped Cream featured image

Strawberry Shortcakes with White Chocolate Mousse

Strawberry Parfaits

Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits

Fresh Strawberry Tartlets | Dreamy tartlets topped with luscious cream cheese filling and topped with berry slices

Fresh Strawberry Tartlets

Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle | Layers of angel food cake, boozy berries and cream cheese filling

Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle

Mascarpone Cheesecake | The most creamy, luscious cheesecake topped with sweetened balsamic strawberries

Mascarpone Cheesecake with Balsamic Strawberries

Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe - No Jello needed, just pure ripe strawberry flavor for the perfect summer dessert!

Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe

How to Select the Best Strawberries 

To pick out perfect strawberries for your desserts, use your eyes and nose. The tastiest strawberries will be totally red, without a green or white area near the stem. The tiny strawberry seeds should not be brown and dried, as this indicates older strawberries. Plus the berries should be glossy, not dull.

If your berries are in a plastic container, check the bottom to make sure there aren’t any moldy or bruised berries in the package. And you should also be able to detect the lovely aroma of fresh strawberries when they are fresh and ripe.

What’s the Best Way to Clean Strawberries?

Wait until an hour or so before you start cooking to wash off your berries.  Moisture will accelerate their deterioration. Gently rinse them off in a colander and after letting them drain, pat them dry with paper toweling. Alternatively, if you’re worried about pesticide residue, you can soak them for 20 minutes in a solution of 1 part white vinegar to 4 parts water. Drain and pat dry.

More Strawberry Recipes You’ll Love:

Raspberries:

When the raspberries are plump and sweet, it’s time to explore all the amazing raspberry-based desserts. A raspberry sauce is perfect with a flourless chocolate cake, but we really love a raspberry pie. What berry recipes do you like to make?

Selecting Raspberries

When picking out berries for your raspberry recipes, look for plump, unmarred berries that are brightly colored with a slightly hazy cast. Like with strawberries, inspect all sides of the packaging for spoiled berries.

White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake slice on a round white plate with fresh raspberries and a red handle fork

White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

Stack of Streusel Topped Raspberry Cookie Bars on a small round white plate

Raspberry Squares

Chocolate Raspberry Pavlova - A sublime dessert with a chocolate meringue topped with berries and cream

Chocolate Raspberry Pavlova

Raspberry Amaretto Bundt Cake | Pound cake full of fresh raspberries and flavored with extracts and liqueur

Raspberry Amaretto Bundt Cake

Lattice Topped Raspberry Pie

Lattice-Topped Raspberry Pie

How to Freeze Raspberries and Other Berries

If you hit a berry patch or a local farmers’ market and purchase too many berries, it’s easy to freeze them for later. With raspberries, you’ll want to rinse them first and let them dry on a dishcloth or paper toweling. I like to first freeze them on a sheet pan, then transfer the frozen berries to a  freezer-safe ziptop bag. Like raspberries, blackberries are very fragile and can be frozen in the same manner.

Strawberries can be frozen like raspberries, either whole or cut in half. Blueberries should not be rinsed first, as this can toughen the skins. Note that most frozen berries will be soft and juicy after they’re defrosted, but can still be used to make pies, crumbles, crisps, smoothies, fruit sauces, and more.

More Delicious Raspberry Recipes:

Mixed Berries, Blackberry and Blueberry Recipes

To shake things up, use a mixture of berries. Doesn’t a tart with concentric circles of gorgeous fragrant berries make a stunning statement? Click through to see what magical mixture of berries is needed to create a mouthwateringly wonderful Razzleberry Pie.

Razzleberry Pie | Raspberry, Blackberry and Blueberry Pie with a crumb topping

Razzleberry Pie

Blackberry Cheesecake Bars on a round white plate with fresh blackberris and a red handled fork

Blackberry Cheesecake Bars

Summer Fruit Tart | Pastry crust with whipped cream and cream cheese filling topped with glorious summer berries

Summer Fruit Tart

Mixed Berry Torte on a dessert plate with a fork and berries

Mixed Berry Torte

More Mixed Berry, Blackberry and Blueberry Recipes

Plus More Berry Recipes You’ll Love:

This post was first shared in June 2016. Photos and text were updated in 2020.

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29 comments on “50+ Best Berry Desserts”

  1. Raspberry Squares! Yep, that’s what I wish I had right now with my coffee:@)

  2. you are truly talented my friend on making the most elegant desserts!

  3. I love each single one! They look really beautiful, Liz.

  4. I love berry desserts. That razzleberry pie looks amazing!!!

  5. You ALWAYS have the best desserts Liz!! Really loving that tart.

  6. Too hard to pick a favorite but the parfaits and raspberry squares really caught my eye! A wonderful line-up!

  7. You know I love berries and you make the best berry desserts! These are all so gorgeous!

  8. Very beautiful, pretty and colourful. I would love to make the trifle but I have to buy one of those bowls first. Sorry I haven’t been around much lately – I have this afternoon, finished a three-week clinical in a high dependency dementia ward. All my shifts were morning shifts and the early starts a killer! I now have three weeks of holidays and I’m so looking forward to it – that was one really long semester xx

  9. I always love your desserts LIZ, and they all look so berrylicious. Hard to tell which one I want to try first. Ah-mazing share! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. So many great ways to use the summer abundance of berries!

  11. What a round-up! Love them all… especially that raspberry cheesecake ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Such a beautiful round-up of berry desserts, you should write your own cookbook, and this could be your berry section.

  13. The photos are completely stunning!! Wow – such incredible talent!

  14. P.S. I think the strawberry cheesecake parfaits’ link is incorrect….goes to hot fudge sauce. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. Hands down, White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake!

  16. I know you’ve won a bunch of awards for cooking and are even on TV! But if they ever had a Most Beautiful Berry Decorator Contest – you’d definitely take first place!

  17. What a great selection Liz! Me, like your family I love as well the berry’s desserts! I would like to try your berry shortcakes, it looks so good!!x

  18. Liz, so very hard to pick just one favorite – but I think I am quite partial to the Raspberry Lattice Pie! But absolutely all of them look amazing! Perfect summertime desserts all around!

  19. OMG, I’m in love with your strawberries round-up, dear! xoxo

  20. So glad I saw this tonight!! Headed to Costco in the morning and was planning on picking up A LOT of berries! I see a couple I need to try!

  21. so many delicious ideas! Not sure which is my fav, but the cheesecake is winking at me. I’m drooling now thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. What beautiful panoply of luscious berry desserts – it’s hard to pick even top5. But as I don’t like turning my oven in summer time too often, my vote goes to trifles, parfaits, and eton mess!

  23. Liz, you are making dessert decisions very difficult. How is one to decided with so many delicious options on the table? I think maybe the best way is to start at the top and work our way down. That ought to keep us busy for a bit.

  24. All those desserts look so so delicious and beautiful! Pinning for sure! xo

  25. What a lineup, Liz! With summer berries in full swing and dessert on my mind, I know exactly where to look!

  26. That blackberry cheesecake bar looks aaaaaaaaaaaaamazing! Thanks for taking time to do the roundup, Liz.

  27. Wow, what a delicious collection of berry recipes. That trifle especially, is calling my name. Looks so refreshing and it’s so pretty! ๐Ÿ™‚ ~Valentina

  28. What a fabulous lineup, will definitely bookmark for next year, local berries are over in Ontario with the exception of blueberries. Great to know which berries should be washed and which ones shouldnโ€™t. Reminds me of the time I went raspberry picking as a new bride, made about four pies but I had read not to wash them because the pie would be wet. As I was adding the berries to the last pie, something on the berries caught my eye, hundreds of little green spiders all over the berries! They were immediately dumped into the sink filled with cold water! Hahaha!

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