Butter-Poached Stone Fruit

Use your favorite stone fruit or a combination for this delicious dish. It's yummy on it's own, but would also be nice paired with ice cream or yogurt, or stirred into oatmeal.

Stone Fruit Bars

This is a versatile dessert: use your favorite combination of stone fruit, like peaches and cherries, or apricots and nectarines. 

Cherry Ricotta Tart

If ricotta isn't your favorite, use lightly sweetened mascarpone instead, or even whipped cream!

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!

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.

BabyCakes NYC Chocolate Chip Cookies

Celebrated BabyCakes NYC  serves up gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, and vegan treats in their bakeries, and this is their chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Blueberry Crisps

These delicious little blueberry pots topped with a yummy crumble are so easy to make! Serve with creme fraiche or vanilla ice cream.

Wildflower Honey-Glazed Apricots

Roasting apricots turns them into little flavor bombs, perfect for spooning over vanilla ice cream, waffles, or a slice of pound cake.

Big Crumb Coffee Cake with Rhubarb

A delightful description of this cake from Smitten Kitchen's Deb Perelman: "A tangy, impossibly moist, vanilla-flavored cake base ceilinged with hefty crumbs that will make all streusels that came before pale in contrast."

Strawberry Icebox Cake

This stunning no-bake cake is suprisingly easy, and showcases spring's delicious strawberries.

Coconut Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

So much more than the sum of their parts! The shredded coconut in these cookies makes them slightly reminiscent of macaroons, the oats make them hearty, and the chocolate bits deliver dark, intense richness. And they're made without eggs, butter or flour. 

Chocolate Beet Cake

Crushed beets are an inexpensive way to make a nearly molten, incredibly moist cake and highlight deep chocolate flavor.

Gingerbread Cake Cookies

These are a cakey version of gingerbread cookies; soft with molasses, warm spices, and a crunchy layer of sparkling sugar.

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.

Date and Pistachio Balls

These little truffle-like gems are deceptively rich, but contain only wholesome, healthy ingredients. 

Peppermint Patties

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

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.

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!

Kiwi-Lime Ice Pops

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

Chocolate Hedgehog

A hedgehog is a chocolate-based, no-bake 'cake', or slice that usually uses plain sweet biscuits (cookies) such as shortbread. It often has nuts as well. I've gone for a minimalist chocolate extravaganza but feel free to add nuts if you like.

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

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.

Avocado Ice Cream

“Most people have had avocado in a salty and/or spicy format, or at least as an accompaniment to something that is not primarily sweet. If you like avocado, however, you will really enjoy this ice cream. Its natural oil gives the ice cream a very smooth and silk mouth feel, and the lime juice heightens its flavor. Although it may taste too sweet before freezing in the ice cream maker, it will be just right when it’s done.” –Fany Gerson, author of My Sweet Mexico

Grandmother’s Sour Cream Orange Pound Cake

“PastureLand's Chef Bret’s ‘Grandmother’s Sour Cream Orange Poundcake’ is too good to resist, and we could not keep from nibbling before it cooled! The warm, sweet and orangey aroma filled the kitchen, attracting the neighbors (we had the window open on one of the first warm days).”– PastureLand Co-op

Chai-Spiced Crumb Coffee Cake

Cinnamon is the standard spice for topping a crumb coffee cake. This coffee cake keeps the crumb topping and spices it up a little more by using some of the same flavors that are found in chai, including cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and allspice. These spices really help to make the coffee cake memorable - and they also make you want to come back for a second slice. - Helen Dujardin

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.

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!


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!

Berry Oatmeal Scones

Definitely dessert, but a healthful choice. Wholesome oatmeal, whole-wheat flour and a medley of dried berries will satisfy your sweet tooth.

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.

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.