15 Sweet-Tart Rhubarb Dessert Ideas You Need to Try

Grilled Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler
Photo: Blaine Moats

Like your desserts with a little zing? Say hello to your new BFF: rhubarb. The plant's pretty pink stalks are tasty and add a touch of tartness to dessert recipes, including pies, crisps, and cobblers. But you'd better grab the fresh stalks while you can—their fleeting season is mid spring into July.

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Best-Ever Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

Best-Ever Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Andy Lyons

A generous pinch of fresh ginger gives strawberry-rhubarb pie the kick it's been missing. Strawberries and sugar balance the deliciously tart fresh rhubarb flavor. Rather than a regular pie crust, you can make this rhubarb pie recipe look even more enticing by slicing circles of pie dough and arranging them on top.

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Rhubarb Chess Pie

Rhubarb Chess Pie
Andy Lyons

Did someone say pie? A homemade crust and buttery, lemony filling make the perfect bed for warm rhubarb in this twist on classic rhubarb pie. Remember the ice cream—it makes every forkful of this yummy pie even better.

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Rhubarb-Strawberry Brownie Skillet

Strawberry Rhubarb Skillet Brownie
Brie Passano

Give a rich, chocolaty brownie a taste of fresh spring flavors by studding it with strawberries and rhubarb slices. This twist on a classic strawberry-rhubarb dessert recipe adds chocolate to the mix, and the results are utterly delicious. If you really want to indulge, add a scoop or two of ice cream on top.

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Rhubarb Cobbler

Rhubarb Cobbler
Karla Conrad

If you're looking for a dessert where rhubarb really shines, this is it. There aren't any strawberries, berries, or other fruits mixed into the filling of this cobbler recipe, it's just six cups of fresh rhubarb (plus some sugar, of course). Top it all off with golden brown biscuits and you'll be craving this rhubarb cobbler recipe for dessert every night.

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Oaty Rhubarb Streusel Bars

Oaty Rhubarb Streusel Bars
Andy Lyons

Zippy ginger icing is the key to these golden rhubarb bars. Just three ingredients are needed to make the icing special: powdered sugar, ground ginger, and apricot nectar (or orange juice). When you drizzle it over the bars, you get zingy, chewy perfection.

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Raspberry and Rhubarb Swiss Roll

Raspberry and Rhubarb Swiss Roll
Blaine Moats

This rhubarb dessert might look complicated, but we promise it's actually pretty easy to accomplish. The cake roll takes less than 30 minutes to make—the hardest part is waiting for it to chill before slicing and serving. Use a serrated knife to ensure clean, non-flattened slices of the rhubarb treat.

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Strawberry-Raspberry-Rhubarb Crumble

Strawberry-Raspberry Rhubarb Crumble
Jason Donnelly

Do a little boozy baking this spring. This rhubarb crumble calls for a Chambord-splashed filling and a homemade almond topper. If you want a little extra sweetness, add a spoonful of crème fraîche on top of the crumble.

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Strawberry and Rhubarb with Cheesecake Cream

Strawberry Rhubarb Cheesecake Parfaits
Andy Lyons

Parfaits could not be more appropriate for warm weather shindigs. Our recipe does them rhubarb-style—and in less than 20 minutes. Thanks to the smooth cream between each layer of fruit, these tasty rhubarb desserts make a quick and easy no-bake cheesecake.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Salsa

Strawberry Rhubarb Salsa
Andy Lyons

Salsa and chips for dessert? Oh yes—especially when the salsa is a ginger-spiked mixture of strawberries, cranberries, and rhubarb. Serve this rhubarb recipe with cinnamon-sugar tortillas or pita chips for a delicious twist.

Test Kitchen Tip: Follow our canning directions to keep this sweet and zippy salsa on hand year-round.

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Rhubarb Crisp

Rhubarb Crisp
Andy Lyons

Don't let the spring or summer season pass you by without making this rhubarb crisp recipe. Using only rhubarb (no strawberries or other fruits involved), this crisp recipe is for lovers of rhubarb's natural sweet-tart flavor.

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Grilled Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp

Grilled Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler
Blaine Moats

Keep the patio party rolling until long after dinner with an easy grilled dessert: rhubarb crisp. Just grill tapioca-covered rhubarb and strawberries in a foil pan, top with shortbread cookies, and scoop in ice cream. If you add the ice cream while the crisp is hot off the grill, it'll melt into every luscious bite.

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Rhubarb-Lemon Chiffon Pie

Rhubarb-Lemon Chiffon Pie
Kritsada Panichgul

What do you get when you fold homemade rhubarb sauce and whipped cream into soft-set lemon gelatin? You get a dreamy pie filling with a bit of pucker. (And you'll also get encore requests for this pie every season.)

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Apple, Rhubarb, and Raspberry Pie with Almond Star Crust

Apple Rhubarb and Raspberry Pie with Almond Star Crust
Andy Lyons

Rosy-red raspberries, rhubarb, and apples make this pie a top pick. For a starry-eyed surprise, use shaped cookie cutters to create the stunning crust. You can use frozen rhubarb for this pie recipe, so plan on dazzling your friends even when rhubarb isn't in season.

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Pink Rhubarb Lemonade

Pink Rhubarb Lemonade
Karla Conrad

If you prefer your homemade lemonade sassy over sweet, rhubarb is your new go-to flavor boost. Pair the hot pink stalks with frozen lemonade concentrate, lemon-lime soda, and fresh lemon for a lip-smacking drink.

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Rhubarb-Peach Pie

Rhubarb-Peach Pie
Peter Krumhardt

Just like grandma used to make—luscious peaches and tart rhubarb create a sweet flavor harmony in this simple, comforting pie. Top it with a lattice crust for an extra nod to nostalgia.

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