From cold and creamy to warm and fruity, let one of our simply satisfying dessert recipes provide the sweet finishing touch to your meal.
Riesling-Poached Peaches and Cherries
When working with a limited palette, good ingredients make all the difference. We call for vanilla beans here because they impart fragrance and thousands of tiny, flavorful specks. They're worth the splurge, but feel free to substitute 2 tsp. vanilla extract for the beans. And if you like, trade the homemade whipped cream for a scoop of ice cream.
Strawberry-Ginger Lemonade Floats
Though the ginger is optional, it gives these refreshing floats their signature zing. If you can't find sparkling lemonade, substitute fizzy lemon-lime soda or ginger ale.
Recipe: Lemony Snow
For a grown-up version, drizzle the lemon ice with rum, gin, vodka, or limoncello.
Recipe: Peach-Berry Crumble
We love this recipe because it's easy enough for busy, weeknight cooking; pop the crumble in the oven when you serve dinner and it'll be ready in about 40 minutes. Blueberries or raspberries may be substituted for the blackberries.
Tropical Coconut Pudding
Recipe: Tropical Coconut Pudding
Top this pudding with any ripe fruit. If you're looking for crunchy texture, gild it with crushed banana chips or chopped macadamia nuts.
Mini Berry Cobblers
Recipe: Mini Berry Cobblers
Use a mixture of blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries in these charming individual desserts.
Red Velvet-Berry Cobbler with Cream Cheese Ice Cream
Sweet Tea-and-Lemonade Cake
Recipe: Sweet Tea-and-Lemonade Cake
Feeling rowdy? Spin this into a tipsy cake by substituting up to 2 Tbsp. vodka or bourbon for the lemon juice in the frosting.
Buttermilk Ice Cream
Master Recipe: Buttermilk Ice Cream
Variation 1: Avocado-Key Lime Pie Ice Cream
Variation 2: Lemon Meringue Ice Cream
Variation 3: Blueberry-Cheesecake Ice Cream
Vartiation 4: Strawberry-Pretzel Ice Cream
A new freezer favorite has arrived. One genius (and easy!) master recipe and four over-the-top variations provide an endless array of sweet and creamy ideas. The secret to these dreamy treats? Soft-baked cookies from your bakery. Go large or small—just don't go with the crunchy kind.
This creamier cousin of sorbet makes a perfect palate cleanser. You can also scoop it into a glass or paper cone and top with a glug of rum or bourbon for a play on a frozen mint julep.
Recipe: Mint-Honeydew Ice