Blackberry bars by The Food Charlatan
You’ve hit the local U-pick berry farms. You’ve brought the buckets and boxes home. You’ve eaten a ton of berries. Now what? From easy jam to blackberry cheesecake bars, here are 10 fabulous berry recipes that the whole family will love.
1. Make these wow-worthy blackberry bars.
Blackberries plus cheesecake plus easy-to-eat bar = perfection. The Food Charlatan’s bars are absolutely stunning, and we guarantee you’ll want to make more than one batch.
2. Make jam.
You don’t have to be a canning expert to make yummy jam, and Martha Stewart’s raspberry and strawberry jam recipes are as easy as it gets. Just store the jam in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a month. Spread it on toast, pour it over vanilla ice cream, use it on pancakes — the options are endless!
3. Throw them in a salad.
It’s a shame we often overlook simple classics like a berry and walnut salad, but they’re classic for a reason, right? Cooking Light’s recipe includes a sweet buttermilk dressing, but really, any sweet or balsamic dressing will do.
4. Mix sweet and savory.
Berries aren’t limited to desserts, and this berry salsa is the perfect example. My Recipes' grilled chicken with strawberry salsa is a great way to add some sweetness to your dinner. Sub a different berry or meat for a new twist.
5. Don't forget cobbler!
We couldn’t have a list of berry recipes without cobbler. Genius Kitchen’s version is simple, delicious and ideal for any berries you have on hand. Serve warm or at room temperature, à la mode or on its own.
6. Make pretty purple scones.
The Pioneer Woman has a great cream scone recipe to use up those berries. You can incorporate any type of berry, plus a little jam to color the dough. Kids will love kneading this forgiving dough and drizzling it with a sweet glaze.
7. Make a perfect pie.
Simply Recipes proves that blueberry pie doesn’t have to be complicated to be delicious. Bonus: Make your pie extra special with a gorgeous cookie-cutter crust design. Your kids will love dreaming up ideas, and you’ll love how simple it is to make a wow-worthy pie.
8. Try this match made in heaven.
The growing seasons of zucchinis and blueberries overlap in the Pacific Northwest, so why not combine them in a recipe? Allrecipes has a well-reviewed recipe for blueberry zucchini bread — it may seem like an unlikely pairing, but trust us, they’re a match made in baking heaven.
9. For the adults ...
It can’t get any more refreshing than sun, sweet berries, gin and mint. This muddled, fizzy cocktail from We Are Not Martha is as simple to make as it is delicious. It is the perfect adult drink for any summer get-together.
10. Make some frozen delights.
When in doubt, make popsicles! The Little Epicurean’s recipe makes the most out of all the berries in your fridge: strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. Puree them, add a little simple syrup and lemon, and they’re ready to freeze.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published in July 2018, and updated in July 2021.