Desserts

Grapefruit Yogurt Cake

Deliciously flavored with grapefruit, this cake is light and springy. Nice for a sweet breakfast, or of course, for dessert.

Grilled Peaches with Honey and Mint

Grilled white peach halves, allowed to get warm and crisp on the outside, will absolutely melt in your mouth once drizzled with honey and adorned with fresh mint.

Heavenly (Healthy) Macaroons

The Institute for Integrative Nutrition has a wealth of healthy and delicious recipes- check out their website!

Homemade Applesauce

Kids of all ages love applesauce! Serve it as a snack or for dessert; dollop it on potato pancakes or buttermilk pancakes. Increase the quantities and freeze the extra.

Kiwi-Lime Ice Pops

A healthy and very pretty treat! Perfect after school snack or light dessert.

Lemon Basil Shortbread Cookies

These cookies with a trace of lemony-flavored basil are perfect for tea parties and special gifts. Garnish a platter of them with fresh basil sprigs, unless you’d like to keep your guests guessing about the secret ingredient.

Lemon Blueberry Cake

This is the easiest, moistest cake ever, and is endlessly adaptable. You can use regular lemons if that's what you have on hand, but Meyer lemons will lend this cake a lightly sweet and delicately tart flavor that's incomparable.

Machine-Free Honey Ice Cream with Sliced Peaches

"If you've always been a bit disappointed by icy semifreddo and other machine-free frozen desserts, I feel your pain. But trust me - even after sitting in the freezer for 24 hours, this baby is creamy, soft, and seriously good - not an icicle in sight. Delicious as a dessert or on its own, it would also be brilliant in all those places that ice cream works so well. Yum. The only thing is that it is quite strongly honey-flavored, which is great in most cases, but could be a little overpowering as an accompaniment to something like passionfruit souffle." -Jules Clancy

Melon with Chile-Lime Syrup

Honeydew or cantaloupe would both be great in this dessert, sweet and cool with a bit of unexpected heat.

Meyer Lemon Loaf

Perfectly lemony and lightly sweet, this bread is great with hot coffee for breakfast. A bonus is that it’s gluten-free!

Minty Stone Fruit Salad

This would be delicious with any combination of summery stone fruit - experiment! Use what looks good, and you'll have a fantastic salad.

No-Bake Chocolate-Oat Cookies

Cooked entirely on the stovetop, these chewy cookies are a nice, easy treat. These are very easy to make vegan, too (see note)!

No-Fail Pie Crust

This recipe calls for a food processor, but if you don't have one, you can mix this by hand. Try a pastry cutter or two forks. It will take longer, but it'll work! I've adapted this recipe to be vegan by substituting Earth Balance Buttery Sticks for the butter and it turns out perfect. Keep your ingredients COLD for best results -- I normally keep mine in the freezer. This recipe can be doubled with no issues. Keep extra dough wrapped in plastic in the freezer.

Orange Glaze

The perfect topping for a Greek Orange Yogurt Cake!

Papaya Puree

This pudding-like papaya puree is an unusual dessert that will surely cause quite a stir! Slightly sweet, slightly salty, very thick and creamy.

Parsnip Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Icing

Hold the phone- a PARSNIP cake?  Like its friend the beet chocolate cake, this parsnip cake is a fun and entirely unexpected way to use fall veggies in your dessert course. With the sweet yet lemony frosting, it’s a hit! A big shout out to Punky Egan, from MATC for developing this recipe and contributing it to MACSAC’s cookbook!

Peach and Cornmeal Upside-down Cake

Dried lavender is optional but highly recommended here - it creates a perfect trio with the summery, ripe peaches, and the crunchy, golden cornmeal. You can find dried lavender in the Health and Wellness aisle with the bulk teas.

Peach Crisp

This delicious crumble-topped dessert lets the peaches shine.

Peach Tart

This raw tart, filled with fragrant, juicy, sweet peaches, is perfect for the summer months when lighter food is welcome.

Peppermint Patties

Home-made, simple, and only 30 minutes of prep time - you won't want to buy commercial peppermint patties again!

Perfect Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

This is the best recipe by far that I've tried for cut-out sugar cookies. The dough handles beautifully, forming a wonderful canvas for icing and decorations. It also doubles or triples easily for extra-large batches around the holidays.

Pumpkin Pie in a Mug

This dessert is a cross between a pie and a cake, and is just the thing when you have a hankering for a slice of pumpkin pie.

Red Fruit Salad

This fruit salad is great immediately after assembling, but if you have a day to let the flavors develop in the refrigerator, it's even better!

Rhubarb Bread

Sweet spring time bread with the zingy flavor of rhubarb and the sweetness of brown sugar.

Rhubarb Compote

Incredible served still slightly warm over simple vanilla ice cream.

Rhubarb Curd Shortbread

This is really two recipes in one: a sweet, tangy rhubarb curd, and a buttery, delicately spiced shortbread. Both are delicious on their own, but put them together with a tad more work and you have a knockout dessert!

Roasted Chestnut Cookies

Just a little overbaking will turn these nutty, buttery cookies dry and crumbly, so take care not to leave them in the oven too long!

Roasted Rhubarb

Here’s a delicious way to serve rhubarb if you’re not interested in pie. Served warm, it’s incredible served with crème fraîche, whipped cream, or ice cream.

Satsuma Sorbet

Whoever said icy treats should only be savored in the peak of summer? Satsumas shine in mid-winter. Here's a special way to enjoy them.

Sesame Honey Candy (Pasteli)

Sesame honey candy, or pasteli, is a traditional Greek confection which combines the simplest of ingredients to create a wholesome, natural treat featuring three simple ingredients: sesame seeds, honey and unrefined sea salt.

Shaker Lemon Pie

First made in Shaker communities, Shaker lemon pies use the entire lemon. This makes Meyer lemons, which are sweeter, less acidic and have thinner skins, the perfect lemon for this pie. If you enjoy candied citrus peels and the lingering bitterness of lemons, you will love this pie! Keep in mind, the lemons need to macerate for 24 hours, so plan ahead.

Sherbet

A wonderful cooling dessert recipe that can make use of whatever delectable local fruit is around. Experiment, go wild and enjoy this Eat Local Challenge friendly dessert!

Simple Strawberry Compote

This two ingredient compote couldn’t be easier! Serve it on waffles, fresh toast, pancakes, oatmeal, or ice cream. When it’s cherry season, try using pitted cherries in place of up to half of the strawberries. And when fresh strawberries are no longer available, frozen would be a great substitute.