Parting is such sweet sorrow.
Summer is ending. This makes me sad. Of course, some people look forward to this. These folks dream of crisp air, bright orange leaves, pumpkins, and sweaters. Me? I’m a summer person. I love everything about it: the heat, the humidity (kind of), and especially the food, like corn, watermelon, berries, peaches, and tomatoes. Late-summer desserts are my most favorite seasonal foods of all. Here are eight late summer dessert recipes to sweeten the end of summer.
8 Late Summer Dessert Recipes for August and September
1. Blueberry Hand Pies
Just like a big blueberry pie, except cuter. Hand pies are a fun project, and will make everyone happy.
2. A Gorgeous Fruit Plate
Who needs to bake anything when the season’s produce stands on its own? Here’s how to arrange a fruit plate like a pro.
3. Pink Peach Cobbler
Save time and give your peach cobbler a naturally beautiful hue by not peeling the peaches. This easy cobbler is full of seasonal peaches, dusted with cinnamon, and topped with biscuit.
4. Chocolate Chip Cookies
These do not need a particular season. They are just really, really good.
5. Classic Apple Pie
Want to get a little jump on fall? Here is the recipe for the best homemade apple pie ever, caramel-y from brown sugar and with a flaky, all-butter crust.
6. The N.Y. Times’s Famous Plum Torte
One of the paper’s most popular recipes of all time, this simple little vanilla cake is full of juicy red plums and great summer flavor. The N.Y. Times publishes this late summer recipe every single year, and has since the 1980s. Here is my version.
7. Mixed Berry Shortcakes With Fresh Whipped Cream
The only baking required here is buttery, sweet biscuit. Fresh seasonal berries get tossed with sugar and a little lemon juice, then spooned onto the biscuit and topped with homemade whipped cream. Simply perfect.
8. Zucchini Bread Dump-It Cake
Nothing says “late summer produce” like zucchini. But you don’t have to get into a savory recipe rut. Zucchini makes an amazing cake, like this one-step winner.