15 Fresh and Easy Spring Desserts to Brighten Your Day
As the days grow lighter and warmer, our cravings change from hibernation comfort food to the freshest, brightest flavors of springtime. Here are some of our favorite easy spring desserts for brunches, parties, and just because.
This recipe for strawberry shortcake makes one big shareable cake to layer and slice into servings. To make individual cakes, just bake the batter in a muffin pan. You'll want to reduce the baking time, of course.
The Best Lemon Bars
These top-rated lemon bars take a mere seven ingredients to make, and you probably have most of them in your cupboard already.
Rhubarb Strawberry Crunch
Tart rhubarb and sweet strawberries have been BFFs since forever. You'll love them in this super easy baked crumble. Serve warm with cream or vanilla ice cream, and taste the bliss.
Apricot Almond Galette
When fresh apricots show up at your market, grab a bagful and turn them into pie. My oh my.
These French confections might look fancy, but they're as easy to make as ultra thin pancakes. The batter takes only six everyday ingredients, and then you get to dress them up anyway you like. Try wrapping them around fruit, topping them with whipped cream, and drizzling with chocolate sauce.
Strawberry Pie II
A ready-made pie crust puts this easy but impressive berry-packed pie on the fast track to your dessert plate.
Lemon Pound Cake Cookies
These lemony cake-like cookies are like little bites of sunshine. Baking note: Many reviewers recommend reducing the oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
Make this the year you master a new cooking technique. For example, learn how easy it is to make meringue. After all, it's only whipped sweetened egg whites. Baked low and slow, it turns into a fluffy cloud of melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness. Top with tart lemon curd to make a nest for the season's prettiest fruit.
Easy Batter Fruit Cobbler
"I was skeptical of this recipe because, quite frankly, it looked a bit too easy. I am used to more complicated cobblers. I had some fresh strawberries in the refrigerator that I didn't want to go bad and decided to use them for this dessert. I am amazed at how great the cobbler presented itself and tasted," Cheryl Linarelli says.
Mom's Peach Crisp
Kick off peach season with this simple, scrumptious dessert. "Easily the best crisp I've ever tasted! The recipe has the perfect ingredients for deliciousness," Mara says.
Jackie's Old-Fashioned Raspberry Crisp
Not sure what to do with the fresh raspberries in the fridge? This tart-sweet crisp takes just 20 minutes to prep and calls for ingredients you probably have on hand.
Greek Yogurt Fruit Tart
You don't have to eat a gluten-free diet to enjoy this naturally-sweet tart, made with a cashew-date crust. Colorful fresh fruit and Greek yogurt add a dose of vitamins and minerals.
Key Lime and Raspberry Pies in Jars
Lime juice, lime zest, and raspberries bring a tart, refreshing flavor to creamy cheesecake.
Peach Tartlets with Apricot Glaze
You just need three ingredients and 30 minutes to prepare these flaky tarts. Fresh nectarines, plums, or berries would taste just as delicious in this recipe.
Take advantage of ripe, juicy plums with this light cake. Reviewers recommend sprinkling sugar on top before baking it. "Excellent and simple," Ruth says.