By Vanessa Greaves

Blackberries are the bad boys of berry season. Grown on tangles of thorn-studded canes, juicy and intensely sweet blackberries are nowhere near as easy to pick as strawberries and blueberries, and you'll often end up with an unintentional blackberry juice tattoo. Oh, but the rewards are so worth the painful scramble through the bramble. Here are some of our best blackberry desserts to make the pain pay off deliciously.

The Best Blackberry Desserts

This classic biscuit-topped cobbler can be made in a cast iron skillet or in a regular baking dish. If you don't use a skillet, just bring the mixture to a boil in a large sauce pan and pour it into a baking dish before spooning on the topping. You could sprinkle a little coarse sugar over to top to make it sparkle. Check out the video.

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For this rustic dessert, you'll pour the batter in a pan and top it with blackberries. As it bakes, the batter will rise up -- or buckle -- around the fruit. Chef John shows you how easy it is to make in this handy video.

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Note that this top-rated recipe makes 24 mini cupcakes or 12 regular cupcakes. The recipe says to spread the blackberry frosting on top, but you can pipe it on in a big swirl and top with a fresh berry to make it extra special.

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Trina Dodge raves, "I followed the recipe but made mine in a bundt pan. Turned out beautiful and tasted awesome. It was a huge hit."

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"Perfect pie," says Nickie M. "We just had this after dinner tonight. We picked the blackberries from the fence line running down the driveway. It's so cool to use ingredients from your yard to feed your family!"

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Frozen puff pastry shells make this elegant dessert come together quickly and easily. Whip this together when you want to make a big impression with minimal effort.

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You'll love this brandy-kissed sauce over ice cream, pound cakes, cheesecakes, pancakes, French get the picture. Try it over lemon bars, too.

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You can use fresh or frozen berries to make this warm, spicy compote. Be sure to use freshly grated ginger instead of powdered ginger -- the powdered stuff just won't give you the same results. Here's a clever way to store leftover ginger root so it's always ready to use for recipes like this.

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Turn fresh summer fruit into boozy fruit sauces to put on everything.

All you need is a blender and some popsicle forms or paper cups to make these easy, fruity, healthy ice pops.

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And now for something a little different, but absolutely outstanding. Fresh blackberries and peaches are baked in a thyme-scented custard in this fancy-sounding but surprisingly simple French dessert. Chef John shows you how to do it.

"Buttery shortbread with a hint of thyme, topped with a sweet mascarpone cream and a beautiful blackberry swirl," says Kim's Cooking Now. "You'll be sure to impress your guests with this beautiful summer tart!"

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"Have a surplus of blackberries?" asks Kim. "Why not make them into a delicious and beautiful tart? Make sure to adjust the amount of sugar in the filling according to how sweet your berries are--if they're a bit tart, try 2/3 cup sugar instead of a 1/2 cup."

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