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20 Best Grape Desserts

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Other than a fruit salad, you might be wondering just how many grape desserts are really out there.

The truth is that it’s not a fruit you see used too often in dessert unless it’s in grape jelly form!

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Layered Green Grape Dessert with Cream Cheese

Still, grapes are sweet, colorful, and typically a favorite of kids and adults alike. And don’t worry, I’ll be talking about so much more than just PB&J!

Maybe you bought a few too many grapes when they were on sale, or maybe you’re just looking for something a little different.

Either way, I have you covered with this list of 20 groovy grape desserts. 

1. Grape Clafoutis

This classic French dessert is usually made with black cherries – pits still in! Though the color contrast is super pretty, cherries can be a little tart for some. 

The thick custard filling bakes with the fruit and sets to a sort of cross between a flan and a crepe. 

Of course, you can use any fruit you like, but I really love this grape version. I used a mix of green and red grapes, and it looked super cute!

Trisha Yearwood Grape Salad

2. Trisha Yearwood Creamy Grape Salad Recipe

If you’re a fan of ambrosia salad, you’ll love this quick and creamy grape salad.

Instead of Cool Whip, this recipe uses cream cheese and sour cream for a cheesecake flavor that is too good not to have a second helping.

I especially like the crunch of the brown sugar and pecans on the top, but you could swap those out easily.

I think chopped pretzels would make a salty, nut-free alternative. 

3. Harvest Grape & Olive Oil Cake

Olive oil cake has a distinct flavor to it. I really like the taste, but it can take some getting used to if it’s your first time trying such a recipe.

This is the perfect way to use up any grapes that might have gone a little soft around the edges. Since it’s baked, it’s totally fine to mix them in. 

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To be sure you get some grape in every bite, try cutting them in half and scattering them over the top of the batter. They’ll sink into the cake as it cooks.

4. Sour Patch Grapes

I’ve never been a huge fan of sour candy – I know, I know! But so many people just can’t get enough.

What I love about this recipe is that you’ll get the candy coating and sour flavor, but you’ll also run into sweet pops of real fruit too. 

Even I have to admit that these are pretty addictive!

5. Grape Parfait

Move over overnight oats; there’s a new breakfast on the menu!

This is such a clever way to get your kids to eat their fruit.

Not only does this have a nice thick and creamy layer of yogurt, but it also has some granola for crunch, which is something I find overnight oats are lacking. 

6. Roasted Grape Tart

You might avoid those soft grapes at the bottom of the bag, but did you know that if you roast them, they become even sweeter?

As if that’s not already enough to cut an extra-large slice, this tart has a brown sugar and pecan crust, a creamy mascarpone filling, and a touch of balsamic over the fruit. 

7. Healthy Homemade Gummy Bear Fruit Snacks

These DIY gummy bears are a fantastic way to get your candy fix without all the additives and preservatives. 

They’re made up of 100% grape Juice, honey, and gelatin – yes, really. That’s all you’ll need.

If you don’t have a gummy mold, you can use any fun silicone mold you might have.

Or for something more rustic, just pour into a sheet tray and chop into squares. 

8. Concord Grape Galette

This recipe needs a few extra steps. You’ll need to remove the skins and cook down the flesh.

Then, that juice gets poured over the skins, straining out any seeds that might be left.

If that sounds a little too much, try using seedless grapes and cutting them in half. Cook everything and mash the grapes up to make a pie filling.

9. Easiest-Ever Grape Popsicles

I eat frozen grapes all the time during the summer. They’re such a great little snack, and they freeze up just right. They’re not too hard, and not too soft. 

For these ultra-healthy grape popsicles, you’ll need one ingredient – grapes. Seriously.

Just pulse them in a food processor until they’re the consistency you like (I prefer mine with bigger chunks) and then fill your molds. 

You can make these all green, all red, or try a mix of the two. They’ll be a hit either way.

10. 5-Minute Grape Sorbet

Here’s another super simple frozen grape concoction. I don’t know many kids (or adults) that don’t like grape, but this is such a clever way to encourage people to eat more fruit.

Who would say no to a bowl of sorbet?

Since the grapes are already pretty sweet, you would probably get away with omitting the sugar altogether.

But the lemon is key to keeping it fresh and giving the sorbet that scooping consistency. 

11. Coconut Grape Jam Bars

If you’re looking for something quick and sweet, jam and shortbread bars are always a good idea.

Shortbread is so easy to make and uses ingredients you already have, and I’m pretty sure you have jam in the cupboard, right?

I especially like the coconut top here, though. It makes such a nice change from the usual crumb top, adding flavor and lovely texture. 

12. Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Shortbread Cookies

I’ll bet you were waiting for this one! How have I made it this far without a pb&j recipe?!

Of course, there are so many unique ways to use the iconic combo. But this is an easy recipe you can make with the kids and happily serve to everyone. 

The best thing about these cookies is that the peanut butter is totally optional. So if you have a guest who’s allergic, you can easily keep some cookies nut-free.

13. Grape and Almond Frangipane Tart

As a pastry chef, if I were to give you one piece of advice, it would be to have a frangipane tart recipe on hand that you’ve tested and know to be the best.

Nothing can compare to the sweet pastry and tender almond filling. It’s easy, pretty fast, and so easy to modify, 

If you have a go-to recipe, it takes no time at all to change it up and make something that looks super impressive.

You can add any kind of fruit, a layer of jam, poached pears, chocolate, cherries, banana, caramel… you get the picture. 

This recipe adds in grapes for fantastic color and wonderful sweetness to pair with the nutty filling. 

Not an almond fan? Try using hazelnuts or pecans instead.

14. Black and Green Grapes Panna Cotta Recipe

There are a few steps to this recipe, but I swear, it’s so worth it. 

Panna cotta is such a silky smooth dessert that I love by itself.

But adding a couple of layers of homemade grape jelly gives it extra sweetness and a lovely layered appearance. 

15. Cornmeal Cakes with Divine Flavor Jellyberry Grapes

Organic jellyberry grapes are sweeter, juicier, and perfect for baking. Plus, they’re a wonderfully dark color that helps them to stand out in a cake. 

The cake is made with cornmeal and olive oil, making it a deep and flavorful sponge. It has some lemon zest for a nice citrus undertone and can be served warm or cold.

16. Concord Grape Pie

Though I usually reach for blueberry pie, this grape pie is something special.

Having lived on Long Island for a few years; it brings back all the best memories of summers on the sound. 

The key to getting this dessert just right is the mix of grapes, sugar, and lemon juice.

You won’t want it too sweet, or it will be like eating a pie filled with grape jelly.

Instead, you’ll want the flavor of the grapes to really stand out. 

17. Rainbow Fruit Kabobs

Fruit kabobs are one of my all-time favorite summer BBQ desserts. They’re colorful, sweet, full of goodness, and so easy to serve.

You can use any kind of fruit you like for these, but I like using grapes because you aren’t cutting anything, which can lead to spoilage and flies if they’re left out. 

For a real treat, add a couple of marshmallows into the mix and drizzle with a touch of chocolate or caramel. 

18. Apple-Grape Galette

Galettes are rustic fruit pies that you can throw together in less than 20 minutes. There’s no need to worry about making your pie shell look perfect.

The rougher the better, if you ask me. 

If you like your apples with a bit of a bite, cut them quite thick so they don’t go too soft during the baking time.

Keeping your grapes whole will make them juicer.

19. No-Bake Grape Cheesecake

One look at this and you’ll be the next Instagram monarch! The mirror glaze – which isn’t as difficult as you think – just makes the whole thing pop as nothing else can.

The filling has grape jelly mixed right in with the cream cheese and whipped cream (though you could use any jelly you prefer).

Though it calls for graham crackers, I think a peanut butter cookie crust would be extra special. 

20. Peanut Butter and Jelly Chocolate Cups

These are exactly how you’re picturing them: Reese’s peanut butter cups with grape jelly!

Now, I can eat (too) many peanut butter cups in one sitting. They’re so addictive, but if I’m being honest, they can get a touch sickly after the third (fifth).

Adding jelly will not only enhance the nuttiness, but will also make them so much easier to eat!

The added moisture blends with the thick, creamy filling, leaving you able to devour even more.

That might not be a good thing, depending on your level of willpower!

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