25 Blackberry Recipes to Enjoy All Summer Long
Sweet yet tart, blackberries hold their own in a number of recipes. Whether tossed into salads or smoothies or served alongside cheese, they're simply delicious. When given the spotlight—in pies, muffins, jams, or simply served plain as a healthy snack—their flavor evokes hikes in deep forests and summer strolls down country roads. Ahead, we're sharing some of our favorite blackberry recipes that make the most of this summer fruit in unique ways.
Blackberries are at their best from June to September. Since berries don't ripen once plucked, choose ripe ones either at an orchard or in the grocery store; they should be bright and aromatic. Avoid packages with juice showing or with bruised or moldy fruit. Once you bring them home, refrigerate berries in their original container and use within a few days. Berries are sensitive to moisture—so it's important that you do not store in plastic bags. That means you'll also want to wash them just before use.
It's no secret that berry pies, crumbles, cobblers, and buckles are some of our favorite ways to make use of the plump, juicy fruit. Some versions are classic—like a simple filling made from blackberries, cornstarch, sugar, and lemon juice, topped with either biscuit dough, a buttery brown sugar and flour crumble, or pie crust. In other recipes, we're amping up the flavor with fresh herbs, lime, or spices.
We also have blackberry cocktail and mocktail recipes that your whole family can enjoy when they want to cool off. Celebrate summer with a spritz or toast with a mint julep-inspired drink that uses the berries. Get creative in the kitchen with our favorite blackberry recipes.
This blackberry recipe is stunning on the outside, but the real magic happens beneath the crust where a jammy combination of fresh blackberries, lemon juice, cornstarch, and fresh oregano work together to create a fragrant summer dessert.
Blackberry Forest Cake
Spiked Blackberry-Marjoram Limeade
Relax with this tart blackberry recipe. It calls for the juice of two limes and fresh marjoram leaves, which has a delicate earthy and citrus flavor similar to thyme.
Mango and Blackberry Salad with Mozzarella and Frisée
Plum-and-Blackberry Cornmeal-Almond Crumb Bars
Mustard-Rubbed Pork with Blackberry-Mustard Sauce and Spiced Oven Fries
A little something savory to add to your blackberry recipe repertoire, these mustard-rubbed pork medallions with blackberry-mustard sauce are the ideal combination of sweet and savory.
Blackberry Ice Cream
Blackberry-Plum Smash with Basil
Pavlova Wreath with Berries and Creme Fraiche
How beautiful is this festive version of pavlova? Formed in the shape of a wreath and adorned with mixed fresh berries, this is exactly what we want to serve for a special occasion.
Berry Layer Cake
Swirls and twirls of a two-toned purple buttercream top a moist yellow cake studded with fresh blueberries. The frosting gets its intense hue and fruity flavor from black raspberry jam and is topped with plenty of fresh blackberries, black raspberries, and blueberries.
Blackberry-Raspberry Hand Pies
These portable pastries are simple and rewarding to put together. Plus, they taste great!
Blackberry-Oat Bran Muffins
Plum Blackberry Galette
Blackberry-Swirl Pound Cake
Mixed Greens Salad with Sugared Walnuts, Blackberries, and Feta
Something about a berry salad with feta just makes the mouth water. Add sugared walnuts and you'll be incorporating this simple salad into your menu.
Jam and Blackberry Tart
Kirsch-kissed blackberry-raspberry jam—said to be called "old bachelor's jam" because it is simple to make and comforting to eat—sweetens the fresh blackberries and toasted almonds in this summer tart. The cornmeal pâte-brisée crust has a pleasing crunch and beautiful golden hue.
Best Berry Cobbler
Like the original, our julep features bourbon infused with mint. But this drink's signature sweetness is tempered by the tartness of blackberries, which tints it a gorgeous shade of purple. Another twist: our cocktail is blended with—rather than served over—ice, creating a slushy texture.
Apricot-Blackberry Puff Pastry Tart
Apricots and blackberries come together seamlessly in this delicious tart. It uses frozen puff pastry to cut down on prep time.
Pork Medallions with Blackberry Chutney
Pork pairs perfectly with blackberries, as evidenced by this delicious main that's ready to eat in just 45 minutes.
Genoise Roll with Lemon-Blackberry Semifreddo
Only a handful of ingredients—one of which is, of course, blackberries—goes into this summery dessert recipe.
Gluten-Free Blackberry-Cornmeal Muffins
These cornmeal muffins make use of juicy, sweet-tart blackberries in this gluten-free recipe option.