Make the Most of Berry Season With These Sweet Blackberry Recipes

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When summer comes, we can’t help but get very excited about life! And it’s not just because of the Fourth of July fireworks: it’s the return of blackberry prime time! Although this sweet and tart berry is available in stores year-round, the juicy fat clusters that come to mind when we think of “blackberry” are at their ripest, plump and abundant in July and in August.

Unlike its ultra-sweet cousin, the strawberry, blackberries can be a little tart. But when you combine them with ingredients like lemon, vanilla, cinnamon, and other berries, you get a delicious tangy-sweet blend. So if you find yourself with an abundance of blackberries on a bush in your garden, or if you’ve gone a little too far on a pick-your-own blackberry farm, you can put them to good use in these blackberry recipes!

Take it from Ree Drummond, who embarked on her own blackberry baking mission after acquiring large quantities of them one summer. “Rather than make something healthy with these succulent dark purple beauties, I decided to make a big, fat cheesecake,” Ree said.

Here you’ll find classic blackberry desserts that pair perfectly with a dollop of homemade whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. There are also plenty of inventive frozen drinks, like the blackberry soda float and blackberry margarita, that can cool you down on a hot summer day. Whatever recipe you choose, save a few fresh blackberries to garnish your treats for a juicy burst of berry flavor.

Blackberry Cobbler Cake

Can’t decide between cobbler or cake? Now you don’t have to! This blend of luscious pound cake and fruity cobbler is deliciously dense and there’s a sugar cookie topping to boot.

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Caitlin Bensell

Blackberry tart

This fresh fruit tart is satisfying in every way! It features ripe blackberries boiled with cornstarch for a thick, juicy filling, and a crisp, buttery pie crust.

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CW Newell

Swirled Blackberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

If you feel like you need more than one dessert to satisfy your summer sweet tooth, make this delicious frozen dessert that combines two of the best summer treats: berry cheesecake and blackberry ice cream!

Get Ree’s Blackberry Cheesecake Swirl Ice Cream recipe.

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Blueberry pie

Fresh fruit cobblers are the ultimate summer dessert. While you can’t go wrong with classics like cherry and peach, a cobbler filled with tender blackberries is sure to be a sweet hit.

Get the recipe for Ree’s Blackberry Cobbler.

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Ralph Smith

Blackberry Frosted Cake

Not ready to use your oven? No problem! This refreshing frozen cake features layers of pound cake, a blackberry-lemon mixture, and fresh whipped cream that you simply chill after making it!

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Lemon and ricotta pancakes

Everyone will want to have breakfast when you serve creamy ricotta and zesty lemon pancakes topped with blackberries, raspberries and maple syrup.

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Will Dickey

White wine spritzer

If you think a glass of white wine at happy hour is as good as it gets, prepare to be blown away! It’s even better with blackberry and strawberry ice cubes.

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Caitlin Bensell

Red, white and blue trifle

Whether you’re celebrating America’s Birthday or just any old Tuesday, you’ll get props for a red, white and blue trifle with layers of cubed pound cake, whipped cream and piles of blackberries, blueberries and strawberries.

Get the recipe for red, white and blue trifle.

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Nicole Dubois

Blackberry Ice Cream Cake

You’ve heard of ice cream cake and ice cream cake, but what about ice cream ice cream cake? This refreshing summer dessert is made even tastier with blackberry jams and fresh blackberries folded between layers of spiced gingersnaps and ice cream swirled with lemon curd.

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Caitlin Bensell

Perfect Yogurt

This snack satisfies any time of day: the tartness of the blackberries offsets the sweet, rich base of vanilla yogurt and sour cream.

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Caitlin Bensell

Blackberry Cheesecake Squares

These bites may not be shaped like a typical cheesecake, but they’re just as tasty! They have a crispy graham cracker crust, a creamy vanilla filling, and a thick layer of blackberry filling.

Get the recipe for Ree’s Blackberry Cheesecake Squares.

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Blackberry Margaritas

Cool off with a batch of Ree’s Frozen Blackberry Margaritas! They’re made with homemade blackberry puree, tequila, and a tangy lime sugar rim, and they’re a tempting yet simple upgrade to your typical margarita.

Get the recipe for Ree’s Blackberry Margaritas.

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Cornmeal Muffins with Blackberry Jam

The summer flavors of corn and blackberry make a great combo! Simply fill moist cornbread muffins with a dollop of blackberry jam for a treat worthy of breakfast and dessert.

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Mixed Berry Shortcake

If you tend to crave strawberry shortcake during the summer, you’ll love this mixed fruit version! You drop cookies with syrupy berries and whipped yogurt cream.

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Blackberry Soda Floats

Relax with a blackberry soda float! It contains pureed blackberries, vanilla ice cream and club soda, plus a sprig of mint.

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Jessica Marchand

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