13 Vintage Summer Desserts Just Like Grandma's

Green Tomato Pie

These vintage summer desserts will make any backyard BBQ feel timeless. Whether it's an icebox cake, a fruit-filled pie or even jello, these desserts will make grandma proud. We use fresh fruits like strawberries, cherries and peaches in an ode to summer produce. Recipes like Green Tomato Pie and Mini Angel Food Strawberry Shortcakes are delicious, flavorful and gorgeous on any table.

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Strawberry-Oat Streusel Bars


The dough in this easy dessert recipe does double duty--it creates a sturdy crust to hold all the gooey strawberry filling and also makes a crisp crumb topping. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream to take this to the next level. Source: EatingWell Magazine, March 2019

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Cherry Cobbler on the Grill


If you want an easy cherry cobbler recipe that also keeps your kitchen cool, you're in luck! This simple cobbler is made with frozen pitted cherries--so there's no sitting in a stuffy kitchen pitting cherries--and it's baked in a cast-iron skillet right on your grill so you don't have to heat up your oven. Try making this summery dessert for your next camping cookout. The sweet smells of tangy cherry filling and a buttery oat topping will have everyone in the campground asking for a bite. Source: EatingWell.com, March 2019

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Mini Angel Food Strawberry Shortcakes


These adorable strawberry shortcakes are made with mini angel food cakes. These single-serve desserts are perfect for a picnic or party on a warm summer day. Source: EatingWell.com, July 2018

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Plum Buckle


This fruit-topped cake got its name because of the way the batter buckles as it bakes. We omitted the traditional crumb topping to let this plum cake shine. Source: EatingWell Magazine, June 2020

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Lavender Cheesecake

Lavender Cheesecake

Baking homemade graham crackers with a touch of brown sugar and honey makes this cheesecake recipe an extra-special dessert. Source: EatingWell Magazine, March 2019

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Rhubarb-Strawberry Galette


Strawberries and rhubarb are a classic springtime combo, but you could use cherries or apricots if you prefer. Baking this pretty galette on a heated surface like a baking stone creates a crisp, sturdy bottom. Source: EatingWell Magazine, May 2020

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Easy Blueberry Cobbler


This blueberry cobbler is a quick summer dessert and an excellent way to showcase fresh, bursting blueberries under a pillowy crust. Everything can be mixed and headed to the oven in 10 minutes. Source: EatingWell.com, March 2019

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Lemon Icebox Pie with Coconut-Graham Cracker Crust


Light and delicious, this easy old-fashioned lemon icebox pie takes dessert up a notch thanks to coconut in the crust, which boosts both flavor and texture. For the brightest hit of citrus use fresh-squeezed lemon juice. Look for graham crackers made with 100% whole-wheat flour to get the most fiber. Seeing graham flour on the label? Good news--that's coarsely ground whole-wheat. Source: EatingWell Magazine, April 2019

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Blackberry & Blueberry Cake Bars


These incredibly easy-to-make cake bars get a touch of sparkle and crunch from a sprinkle of turbinado sugar over the top. If you use frozen berries, thaw and pat them dry before topping the batter with them. Source: EatingWell Magazine, April 2020

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Blueberry Lemon Curd Ice Cream Cake


For a sweet and easy diabetes-friendly dessert, enjoy this lemony ice cream cake with blueberries. Source: Diabetic Living Magazine

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Strawberry Cobbler

a baking dish with strawberries and biscuits

In-season strawberries shine in this simple strawberry cobbler recipe. The biscuits on top are light and fluffy, with crispy tops and hint of sweetness. This strawberry cobbler creates the perfect amount of sauce for serving with vanilla ice cream. Source: EatingWell.com, March 2020

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Lemon Angel Food Cake with Strawberries & Coconut Cream

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Be sure that your tube pan is free from any grease or flour--the batter for this homemade angel food cake needs to be able to climb the sides of the pan as it bakes to hold its structure. Source: EatingWell Magazine, May 2020

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Peach-Blueberry Pie


Sweet summer peaches and blueberries shine in this peach-blueberry pie recipe. While they can't compete with fresh fruit, thawed frozen peaches and blueberries can be used in a pinch. Just be sure to add more cornstarch (up to double the amount if you're using all frozen fruit) to soak up the extra liquid. Source: EatingWell.com, April 2020

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