Somewhere along the way fruit and summer became best friends.

You never see one without the other.

Watermelon and cantaloupe and mango and guava and plums and grapes and pineapple.

And all the berry sisters.

So today?

To celebrate summer and fruit and desserts that you can eat and still look cute in a sundress, I want to share a recipe that’s a staple up on the Cape.

It’s called Mini Tri Berry Trifle.

Here’s the easy recipe along with 11 other fruit recipes that are perfect for celebrating the rest of summer.

I had to hurry and share before all those pumpkins showed up. 🙂

I’ve spent almost every summer of my life with my toes in the sand of Cape Cod.

My great-grandfather drove my great-grandmother out to the edge of the ocean in a sleigh in the middle of a snow-covered day and fell in love with each other and the land. After they married, he bought her 40 acres of beachfront views in the 1920s.

Together they grew old and raised four sons, including my grandfather, and helped generations of family to build houses and celebrate summers in a place where the ocean meets the sky.

These are my grandmother’s glasses. If you can’t tell by the etching and fluted sides–she was fancy with a little bit of sass tossed on top. She used to host happy hour at her house every evening for the grown-ups and my brothers and sisters and cousins would play tag outside on the lawn as the sun set over the ocean.

I went to a celebration this summer at my cousins when we were there and made mini trifles in the cups.

My great-grandmother would have been proud.

They were the hit of the party.

Just like her.

Here’s the easy simple recipe (if you blink you might miss it.)

Mini Tri Berry Trifle

blackberries

blueberries

strawberries

thin wafer sugar cookies

whipped cream

1. Place a thin wafer sugar cookie in the bottom of the glass.

(total aside: these cookies are so good and it’s only 150 calories for two of them)

2. Cut the strawberries into slices and place around the edge of the glass. I used about five slices and placed them against the sides of the cup.

3. Add whipped cream to the center of the strawberries to keep them upright.

4. Add a large blackberry to the center of the whipped cream.

5. Place another cookie on top of the strawberries and whipped cream.

6. Add another layer of strawberries with whipped cream in the center.

7. Top it off with blueberries and crumble part of a cookie and add to the top.

I made these in the morning and refrigerated them until the party.

Letting them sit for a while made them taste even better.

It’s a pretty good-sized dessert portion and some of the guests were going to split them.

Until they took the first bite.

Hee hee.

Here’s to summers and fruit and great-grandmothers.

All the best things in life. 🙂

Mini Tri Berry Trifle

This is such a fun recipe made from fresh fruit and wafer cookies. You can make it ahead and refridgerate it for a party.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people

Ingredients
  

  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • blackberries
  • thin wafer sugar cookies
  • whipped cream

Instructions
 

  • Place a thin wafer sugar cookie in the bottom of the glass.
    (total aside: these cookies are so good and it's only 150 calories for two of them)
  • Cut the strawberries into slices and place around the edge of the glass. I used about five slices and placed them against the sides of the cup.
  • Add whipped cream to the center of the strawberries to keep them upright.
  • Add a large blackberry to the center of the whipped cream.
  • Place another cookie on top of the strawberries and whipped cream.
  • Add another layer of strawberries with whipped cream in the center.
  • Top it off with blueberries and crumble part of a cookie and add to the top.

Notes

I made these in the morning and refrigerated them until the party.
I think letting them sit for a while made them taste even better.
Keyword Trifle

And now?

I’m excited to share to share a few more summer fruit recipes from some of my favorite friends.

Easy and Tasty Summer Peach Tart // Robyn’s French Nest

Wild Maine Blueberry Pie // Finding Lovely

Bluberry Crumble Kit for Overnight/Weekend Stays // Most Lovely Things

Simple Summer Fruit Crostata With Lemon Cream Cheese Filling // Twelve On Main

Summer Peach Salad // Paint Me Pink

Peach Crisp with Fresh Peaches // Happy Happy Nester

Raspberry Strawberry Shortbread Cookies // My 100 Year Old Home

Fresh Strawberry Cream Cheese Cake // Tatertots & Jello

Mini Tri Berry Trifle // Thistlewood Farms

Easy & Delicious Red Wine Sangria // Maison de Cinq

grilled stone fruit and cheese pairings // My Sweet Savannah

Easy Skillet Peach Crumble // Inspiration For Moms

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Comments

  1. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Well you sure know how to start a day on a sweet, yummy note! I may just have to make my way to our local farmer’s market to get those berries! What a delicious summer treat. Your great grandma would be so proud of you! I know that she was looking down and smiling❣️

  2. Image for Maggie Rowe Maggie Rowe

    We raised our three children on the Cape (plus two bonus kids who came to us half-baked, as I like to say), and I love your posts from our former region! The kids will all be coming to visit us here in the Smokies in two weeks, so I plan to make this tri-berry trifle for them. We used to have this at women's gatherings at our church in Osterville! And how clever you are to recognize that berries are sisters, and not brothers. :) Thank you as always for lifting my spirits this fine summer morning, KariAnne!

  3. Image for Renae Renae

    This sounds delicious! I love hearing the story of your great grandparents going on their sleigh ride to the ocean. So sweet! Hugs to you, my friend.

  4. Image for Patricia Patricia

    any ideas I can do with stale ginger cookies from Trader Joes? Do any of your readers have some easy ideas? Much appreciated. I pinned this easy peasy trifle.

    1. Image for KariAnne KariAnne

      Yes! Here's a great article that I use: https://spoonuniversity.com/lifestyle/stale-cookies-genius-ways-to-use-up happy day! KariAnne

  5. Image for Sheila Sheila

    Sounds so easy and yummy - the perfect combo! But the best part? I love the vintage glasses you served it in and love that they belonged to your grandmother! :)) Happy Summer KariAnne! Sheila xo

  6. Image for R Newton R Newton

    KeriAnne, love all the fresh fruits and the easy recipes look scrumptious also! Will have to try them soonest! For Patricia with her stale cookies, maybe try putting them in a low 250 degree oven to warm up and then let cool and see if they still are "stale". I know you can do this with crackers and it will perk them up, maybe it will work for cookies too. Never had any long enough to go stale!! Let us know if it works please. Bertie

    1. Image for Patricia Patricia

      Bertie Thanks for your tip. Not looking to freshen them up but want a way to recycle them into something else. Karianne sent some great suggestions.

  7. Image for JC JC

    I make something similar for a breakfast treat, just sayin'.😉 Your great-grandmother's glasses make this extra special. I'm soaking up all the summer fruits too! I love when things are so easy and taste and look amazing all at the same time.😁

  8. Image for Sharon Sharon

    Thanks for sharing! Made for my husband and son for a dinner time dessert and they went crazy - just LOVED it. I felt like the lady in that old Rice Krispie treat commercial - the guys thought I had gone to a ton of work. So enjoy your blog and you tube videos. You’re terrific!

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