15 Nectarine Desserts That Scream Summer

Updated: Apr. 23, 2024

Wondering what to do with all that fresh fruit you scored at the farmers market? We recommend one of these juicy nectarine desserts for the ultimate summer treat.

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Plum Good Crisp

Whether you call this dessert or breakfast, there’s one thing about fruit crisps that we can all agree on: They’re incredibly addictive.
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Nectarine and Strawberry Galette
Courtesy The Life Jolie

Nectarine and Strawberry Galette

This rustic galette from The Life Jolie is sprinkled with fresh lemon thyme to make you feel like you’re in the French countryside. For as fancy as it looks, it’s surprisingly easy to make since—shh—it uses pre-made pie crust. However, if you want to make your own, follow this step-by-step guide to the best pie crust.

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Nectarine Plum Crisps

A fusion of late-summer fruits, these crisps make a simple dessert—and what's left can be kept for breakfast. Look for apple crisp mix in the produce department of your grocery store. —Nicole Werner, Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Nectarine Upside-Down Cake
Courtesy Bunsen Burner Bakery

Nectarine Upside-Down Cake

Forget pineapples—Bunsen Burner Bakery’s nectarine upside-down cake is the dessert that your summer has been missing. The slices of nectarines are sweet enough that you don’t even need that ooey-gooey brown sugar topping that’s so often used for upside-down cakes.

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Panna Cotta With Roasted Peaches and Nectarines
Courtesy Olive & Mango

Panna Cotta with Roasted Peaches and Nectarines

If you’re looking for a summer dessert that’s perfect for a party, look no further than this creamy panna cotta from Olive & Mango. Serve individual scoops in tumblers (or better yet, mini mason jars) and top with roasted peaches, nectarines and a sprig of fresh-picked thyme.

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Fruit 'n' Cake Kabobs

‘Tis the season for eating everything on a stick—even dessert (so leave the barbecue on after whipping up one of these grilled meals!). With these cute kabobs, the sweetness of the pound cake and hunks of fresh fruit is perfectly balanced by the smoky flavor from the grill.
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Nectarine Vanilla Bean Scones
Courtesy The First Year

Nectarine Vanilla Bean Scones

Those Starbucks vanilla bean scones you love have nothing on this recipe from The First Year, which adds juicy nectarines to the mix. The (literal) icing on the cake is the sugary vanilla glaze that gets drizzled on at the end. Want more scone recipes? Here are some of our favorites.

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Grilled Honey-Balsamic Glazed Fruit

One summer my mother-in-law made us grilled peaches basted with a sweet and tangy sauce. These are so good I'm always tempted to eat the whole batch. —Kristin Van Dyken, West Richland, Washington
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Mixed Fruit Shortcakes

Sure, strawberry shortcake is great but you know what’s just as good (if not better)? These nectarine-filled shortcakes. This downsized recipe makes just two biscuits, so if you’re cooking for a group, plan accordingly!
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Courtesy The View From Great Island

Nectarine Frozen Yogurt

The next time you’re craving something cold, you don’t have to leave the house (although if you want to, these are the best ice cream shops in every state). Instead, whip up this fruity frozen yogurt created by The View from Great Island. It’s made with Greek yogurt for an extra punch of protein.

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Courtesy Busy Baker

Fresh Nectarine Tart

A bright lemon mascarpone filling gives each bite of the Busy Baker’s tart an extra dose of fruity flavor. And while they’re technically a dessert, they would also fit right in at your Sunday brunch (just like these other easy-to-make breakfast pastries!). We won’t judge.

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Baked Peach and Nectarine Donuts with White Chocolate
Courtesy Averie Cooks

Baked Peach and Nectarine Doughnuts

Nothing goes together quite like doughnuts and coffee. Except maybe doughnuts and nectarines, which this recipe from Averie Cooks proves is a mouth-watering combo. Add a drizzle of white chocolate and some rainbow sprinkles and your morning is suddenly looking a whole lot brighter.

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Stone Fruit Pie

You can use any type of stone fruit in this pie. I love combining white peaches with sour cherries! —Crystal Jo Bruns, Iliff, Colorado
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Courtesy Dizzy Busy and Hungry

Nectarine Compote Dessert

Dizzy Busy and Hungry created a fresh fruit compote that’s super versatile—it can be used as a topping for almost any dessert, including angel food cake, ice cream and shortcake. If you already have the five ingredients on hand that it requires, it will take you less than 10 minutes to make.

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Flaky Nectarine Turnovers
Courtesy Kitchen Whisperer

Nectarine Turnovers

It’s no secret that we love cooking with puff pastry (just look at these drool-worthy recipes!). And these turnovers created by the Kitchen Whisperer prove why—they’re super simple to put together and are flaky handhelds that ooze nectarine goodness.