20 Quick Fruit Desserts That Are Sweet and So Refreshing
All of these recipes come together in 45 minutes or less.
When you're crunched for time but want to make a sweet treat for family and friends, consider one of these quick fruit dessert recipes. They may come together fast, but they don't lack in the flavor department. Take our Quick Red-Wine Dessert Sauce, pictured here, for example. Paired with pound cake, fresh berries, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream, it's a complete, creative dessert that no one will know you whipped up on the fly. And that's the beauty of all the desserts you'll find here; each one comes together in 45 minutes or less, and that includes any time needed for prepping, baking, and chilling. They're also seasonally inspired—you'll find desserts featuring juicy blueberries and strawberries, plump peaches and apricots, figs, and citrus fruit.
We have several delicious variations of upgraded fruit salads. Instead of simply cutting up melon, grapes, and berries, we've created stunning displays of fruit complete with sweet, crunchy toppings. This Tropical-Fruit Salad with Coconut Crunch will transport you to the island of your dreams. Arrange sliced papaya, mangoes, pineapple, and strawberries on a platter and top the mix with our genius combination of poppy seeds and unsweetened shredded coconut. Or try Tropical Fruit with Coconut-Pistachio Crunch; this recipe calls for lychee, banana, and star fruit, but we encourage you to use whatever sweet produce is in season.
Looking for something a little more elegant? We have just the dairy-free answer—Roasted Cherries with Tofu "Panna Cotta," which is cozy and comforting. The best part is that it comes together in 30 minutes total.
Roasted Cherries with Tofu "Panna Cotta"
Cara Cara Oranges with Toasted Honey Meringue
This bright pink variety of Navel oranges are elevated with dollops of whipped, toasted meringue. Egg whites are beaten with honey and the seeds of a vanilla bean, which are then transferred to individual baking dishes and broiled until the meringue is toasted. Set alongside the citrus rounds.
Boozy Melon Three Ways
Tropical-Fruit Salad with Coconut Crunch
Everyone loves fruit salad but you'll wow the crowd by topping sliced seasonal fruit with our homemade coconut crunch. Start by whisking egg whites, orange-blossom honey, vanilla paste, grated Meyer-lemon zest, poppy seeds, and unsweetened shredded coconut, bake, and sprinkle over fresh fruit.
Red, White, and Blue Berry Trifle
No-Bake Key Lime Cheesecake
This easy, egg-free cheesecake comes together quickly. There's no need for a water bath and long baking time in this no-bake recipe. A combination of cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk are beaten until fluffy, then Key lime juice and zest and pure vanilla extract are added for flavor.
Mixed Grapefruit with Ricotta and Cardamom Honey
Puff-Pastry Tarts with Stone Fruits and Frangipane
Make use of store-bought frozen puff pastry in this quick fruit dessert that's perfect for summer. Use a variety of seasonal stone fruits such as apricots, peaches, and plums. The fruit is then sliced and layered over individual squares of pastry and homemade almond frangipane.
Grilled Pound Cake with Peaches and Plums
Bright orange-red and super juicy, persimmons are the perfect topping for ice cream, pound cake, yogurt, and more. To make this quick fruit dessert topping, heat dry white wine, sugar, star anise, and one cinnamon stick with sliced persimmons, cool, and serve any which way.
Tropical Fruit with Coconut-Pistachio Crunch
Caramelized Skillet Peaches
When fall rolls around, you need to make this classic apple dessert. Our recipe calls for basic pantry ingredients like flour, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, eggs, milk, and butter, plus two apples. You won't believe how quickly this treat comes together.
Caramelized Figs with Honey and Cheese
Broiled Apricots with Fresh Ricotta and Pistachios
You only need 10 minutes and four ingredients for this quick and easy fruit dessert. Dip halved, pitted apricots in sugar, place in a baking dish, and broil until the fruit is caramelized and juicy. Stuff the apricots with fresh ricotta cheese and sprinkle with chopped pistachios.
Strawberries with Elderflower Cream
If you've never tasted elderflower liqueur, you're in for a real floral treat. Beat the liqueur with heavy cream, zest lemon, and sifted confectioner's sugar for a bright whipped cream. Serve alongside the freshest strawberries you can find.
Kids and adults alike will cheer for caramel-coated candy apples. Make your own caramel sauce (it makes all the difference) using sugar, corn syrup, and heavy cream, then dip apples and let cool.