Slideshow: Short and Sweet: 13 Recipes to Celebrate Cherry Season

Cherry-Amaretto Tart
Cherry-Amaretto Tart

Though fresh cherries are clearly the main event here, the almond shortbread crust, almond-liqueur mascarpone filling, and Amaretto glaze play supporting roles that elevate this tart beyond simple cherry flavor. It's a powerhouse dessert that's great for company!

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[Photograph: María del Mar Sacasa]

Tartouillat (Cherry and Rum Cake)
Tartouillat (Cherry and Rum Cake)

Get your cherry fix like a grown-up with this subtly sweet, slightly boozy French cake. It's delicious served warm or at room temperature, and don't forget the powdered sugar.

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[Photograph: María del Mar Sacasa]

American Flag Fruit Salad
American Flag Fruit Salad

Whether it's the Fourth of July or you're just feeling particularly patriotic, you can celebrate cherry season and America's independence with this star-spangled fruit salad. (And OK, it tastes just as good when served in a bowl.)

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[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

Cherry Vanilla Almond Smoothie
Cherry Vanilla Almond Smoothie

This almond milk smoothie packs enough fruity sweetness and vanilla flavor to make it fair game for dessert and breakfast alike.

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[Photograph: Carolyn Cope]

Mini Sweet Cherry Pies
Mini Sweet Cherry Pies
Hand pies combine the satisfaction of pie with the portability of cookies, making them perfect for any warm-weather outing. With fresh cherry filling, these pies might just be the most summery bites of the season.

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[Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal]

Huguenot Torte
Huguenot Torte

Don't let it's humble appearance deceive you, this Southern sweet delivers on flavor in a big way. Our recipe uses sour cherries instead of the traditional apples and pecans, and the resulting pucker artfully offsets the torte's inherent sweetness.

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[Photograph: María del Mar Sacasa]

Sour Cherry Pie
Sour Cherry Pie

When it comes to cherry pie, Serious Eaters seem to prefer sour cherries over sweet ones. Pitting the sour cherries is quite a task, but the hard work pays off after your first bite of this classic pie.

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[Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal]

Cherry Breakfast Crumble
Cherry Breakfast Crumble

A buttery coating of hearty oats complements the sweet cherries perfectly, and makes an ideal breakfast when topped with some greek yogurt. For dessert, just add half a cup of sugar to the oat topping.

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[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

Sour Cherry and Lavender Sorbet
Sour Cherry and Lavender Sorbet

Combining the sour cherry's resilient tart flavor with floral hints of lavender, maraschino liqueur, and lime, this refreshing sorbet is the perfect summer palate cleanser. For the ultimate cherry lime rickey float, scoop some into a glass of lime seltzer.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Cherry Butter Cake
Cherry Butter Cake

Part pound cake, part yellow cake, all good. This delicious butter cake keeps it simple, like a buckle that skips the streusel topping, and places warm fresh cherries in the spotlight (right where they should be).

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[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]