Potluck Desserts

Devils Food Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing on a tray.

What makes for a great potluck dessert? I think it’s all about small treats that look great on a dessert table and can be easily eaten with little fuss or mess. You’ll need treats that are easily packaged and transported, and are crowd pleasers. I put together a list of my favorite potluck desserts, from classics like bars and cookies, to some options that are a little more adventurous but still simple and easy to bring to your next big event.

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Pear Desserts

Pears can be an overlooked and forgotten fruit. I think they get lost in the shuffle between summer berry season and fall apple season, but these late summer to early fall fruits are wonderful and complex. Like apples, there are different varieties that range in flavor profiles. This post celebrates pears in all their glory, with a range of recipes. If this is a fruit you’ve overlooked in the past, now’s the time to stop and enjoy one of my favorite fruits for baking.

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Cherry Desserts

A Slice of Cherry Olive Oil Cake on a plate

Cherry season is here, and while these tart beauties may be best known as Northeastern fruit (D.C. cherry blossoms, anyone?), different varieties are plentiful across the northern states. I love using cherries in cakes and desserts because they are tart AND sweet, making them a burst of balanced fruit flavor. They’re tasty in toppings, filling or inside cakes. You’ll find all kinds of cherry desserts below.

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Peach Desserts

Three peaches cut in half

Peaches are such a beautiful, unique fruit. You never mistake peach flavor for something else, as there is just something about the juicy sweetness that is so obviously a peach. It’s fitting that peach season coincides with summer, because the fruit is bright, floral and fun, and to celebrate these tasty treats I put together a list of my favorite peach desserts. Each recipe showcases the peach flavor in its own way, and you’ll find pies, ice cream and so much more.

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Strawberry Desserts

Strawberry season is nearly upon us and I can hardly wait to get my hands on those perfectly sweet ruby red berries and make some amazing strawberry desserts. The first couple months of summer are perfect for taking a trip to a farm with pick-your-own strawberries. It’s the perfect weekend outing with kids for frolicking through the rows of plants followed by bringing your little treasures home to make some amazing desserts (and sampling a few sweet berries along the way).

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Tropical Desserts

Mango Curd Tart with fresh mango, berries | Tropical Desserts
Mango Curd Tart

I love tropical desserts because of the sweet, tart flavors. Key lime pie, for example, is one of my favorite desserts and I seek it out whenever I can. Plus, tropical fruits are vibrant and colorful, which makes for a gorgeous serving plate. I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite tropical desserts below and you’ll also find resources for where to buy tropical fruit if you can’t get it locally. If you are reading this in the winter, these desserts will give you the feeling of someplace warm, and if you are somewhere bright and sunny, they’ll pair perfectly with the weather.

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