Our Best Spring Desserts

Including moist cupcakes accented with rosemary and decadent blueberry cheesecake bars, these sensational spring dessert recipes are simple to make and feature in-season ingredients like lemon, berries, rhubarb, and more.


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    • Mini Blueberry Pies

      A tempting blend of butter, sugar, and blueberries fills these petite pastry shells. Fresh mint and shredded lemon peel make an elegant garnish.

    • Honey Carrot Cake with Mascarpone Cream

      Naturally sweet honey stands in for granulated sugar in this moist cake recipe that features in-season carrots. A fluffy blend of mascarpone cheese and whipping cream tops the tasty spring treat.

    • Blueberry Lemon Drops

      Sugar cookies get a springtime update with the help of fresh blueberries and flaked coconut. A lemon-flavored icing and chopped pistachios provide the pretty finish. 

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    • Deluxe Lemon Bars

      A double dose of citrus -- both lemon juice and shredded lemon peel -- gives these sunny treats sweet and tangy flavor. A sprinkling of powdered sugar tops off the impressive bar cookies.

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    • Dark Chocolate Cake with Fresh Strawberry Buttercream

      Strawberry fans with love the berry buttercream icing that stuffs this fancy stacked dessert. Layers of rich chocolate cake flavored with unsweetened cocoa powder surround the rich, fruity filling.

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    • Strawberry and Rhubarb with Cheesecake Cream

      Rhubarb, with a flavor that's a tart cross between grapefruit and watermelon, joins strawberries in this luscious layered dessert. Watch as we show you how to assemble the pretty parfaits, plus the secret to the creamy cheesecake filling.

    • Lemon-Strawberry Cornmeal Scones

      You'd never guess these flaky scones that feature the delicate flavors of fresh strawberries and lemon are gluten-free! Sprinkle the treats lightly with powdered sugar to serve.

    • Apricot-Rosemary Streusel Bars

      Apricots and snipped rosemary freshen up this classic streusel dessert that gets its crunch from pine nuts. Smooth vanilla icing contributes a touch of sweetness.

    • Lemon Olive Oil Cake with Lemon Cream

      The secret to this deliciously dense layer cake? Olive oil! The common pantry ingredient keeps the dessert incredibly moist, while a fluffy blend of whipping cream and lemon contribute bright springtime flavor.

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      Blueberry-Lemon Shortcakes

      Get all the goodness of traditional shortcakes for fewer calories thanks to naturally sweet honey and a creamy topping made with Greek yogurt. Shredded lemon and ripe blueberries infuse the mini desserts with fresh spring flavor.

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      Tangerine Butter Cookies

      Tangy tangerine zest makes these cookies stand out from the rest, while cornmeal gives them a slightly crunchy texture. The simple dessert can be frozen for up to three months, so you can enjoy the flavors of spring all the way through to summer.

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      Strawberry Cheesecake Tartlets

      Fresh strawberry slices and sweet fruit preserves crown these poppable cheesecake bites. A cookie crust made with toasted almonds makes the tiny spring dessert even more irresistible.

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      Pineapple Upside-Down Coffee Cake

      This impressive spring dessert takes just 30 minutes of hands-on time. Vanilla Greek yogurt or sweetened whipped cream proves a perfect velvety topper.

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      Key Lime Cheesecake Bars

      Lime gelatin combined with classic cheesecake filling gives these bar cookies a refreshing twist. Pour the mixture onto a crumbly graham cracker crust before chilling.

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      Raspberry Cakes for Two

      This cake looks fancy, but it's actually just fresh raspberries and raspberry preserves sandwiched between two already-made shortcakes. No baking required!

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      Coconut-Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

      Fresh blueberries and coconut give these creamy bar cookies a spring spin. A dash of brandy punches up the spectacular cheesecake dessert.

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      Fresh Rosemary and Lemon Cupcakes

      For a spring dessert that's sure to be a hit with kids and grown-ups alike, try these simple seasonal cupcakes flavored with fresh rosemary. The treat receives a double dose of refreshing lemon in both the cake and glaze.

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      Carrot Cake Cupcakes

      These moist cupcakes feature all the luscious goodness of carrot cake with a rich and creamy cheesecake frosting. Grated carrots make a gorgeous topping.

      Recipe developed by Ina Garten (aka the Barefoot Contessa). Copyright 2001, Barefoot Contessa Parties!, Clarkson/Potter Publications, all rights reserved.

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      Lemon-Thyme Cookies

      Fresh thyme, cardamom, and lemon juice add delicate spring flavor to classic butter cookies. Coarse sugar provides the pretty finish.

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      Mixed-Berry Tartlets

      For a simple and seasonal dessert the entire family will love, fill store-bought (or homemade) pastry shells with a mixture of frozen berries. Spoon a delicious blend of lemon curd and whipping cream onto the miniature treats.

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      Key Lime Tart

      It's hard to go wrong with this ultra-fresh lime dessert. Save time by purchasing a store-bought piecrust instead of making your own.

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      Tangerine Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting

      For a citrusy twist on vanilla cupcakes, mix finely shredded tangerine into your batter. Fluffy coconut frosting makes a pretty and delicious topper.

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      Buttery Yellow Citrus Cake

      Tart lemon, lime, and orange put a fresh spin on moist yellow cake. Try it at your next spring get-together or as a special weeknight dessert.

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      Lemon-Pistachio Bites

      A rich lemon curd mixture fills these bite-size puff pastries. To save time, use frozen puff pastry instead of making your own.

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      Easy Fruit Cobblers and Crisps

      Cobblers and crisps traditionally are warm fruit desserts with a biscuit or crunchy topping. Thanks to the availability of fresh, frozen, and canned fruits, you can enjoy cobblers and crisps any time of year. Among the variety of fruits, spices, and toppings in these recipes, you'll find the perfect one for you.
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