May is here, which means we've officially entered peak spring produce season. In just a few short weeks, the temperatures will reach scorching new heights, the sun will start setting well after 8 p.m., and those sought-after stalks of rhubarb will soon be replaced by a barrage of berries in the produce aisle. In an attempt to savor every last bit of spring's bounty, we've compiled a collection of sweet recipes that showcase rhubarb—yes, rhubarb—at its peak deliciousness.
Although the ephemeral spring fruit has a reputation for being tart and bitter, these crazy-delicious recipes are proof that the seasonal spring darling is anything but—and that it 100% deserves a spot in your shopping cart. From a rhubarb-almond honey cake to a rhubarb mint mojito, these are, without a doubt, best rhubarb recipes to add to your rotation this spring, courtesy of some of our favorite foodies. But don't wait too long to try them—rhubarb season is (already) almost over.
Strawberry-Rhubarb Cobbler With Honey Butter Biscuits
The Hero Ingredient: Honestly, the honey butter biscuits make this cobbler. Buttery and flaky, they soak up all the sweet juices that come from roasting fresh fruit. Trust us, you're going to want to soak up every last drop.
The Pro Tip: "This is one of those simple recipes that you can serve for either brunch or dessert," offers recipe creator Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest. "In my house, it's brunch all the way because we pretty much only do chocolate for dessert, but that's just us."
Lavender Honey and Raspberry-Rhubarb Galette
The Recipe: Lavender Honey and Raspberry-Rhubarb Galette
The Hero Ingredient: Sprinkled atop the crust just before baking, the lavender sugar lends this galette a delightfully crunchy texture and a slightly floral flavor. Top each slice with a sprig of fresh lavender before serving for an added flourish.
The Pro Tip: "Here's the thing I love about galettes: They are basically a pie, but just so much easier to deal with," reassures recipe creator Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest. "Like pie is high maintenance and galettes are pretty painless. They're rustic, pretty and perfect."
Rhubarb-Almond Honey Cake
The Recipe: Rhubarb-Almond Honey Cake
The Hero Ingredient: Made with a base of almond flour (in lieu of traditional cake flour), this cake boasts a slightly nutty flavor and an incredibly moist texture that will have you coming back for seconds (and thirds).
The Pro Tip: "If you’re looking to elevate this cake even further, I’d top it off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream," recommends recipe creator Sarah of Broma Bakery.
Tart Rhubarb Bars
The Recipe: Tart Rhubarb Bars
The Hero Ingredient: The cookie-like cream cheese shortbread crust lends a rich base for the tart rhubarb curd. The trick to achieving the optimal crust texture? Let the ingredients come to room temperature before mixing them together.
The Pro Tip: "When choosing your rhubarb from the store or farmers market, go for the stalks that are mostly red and thinner," advises recipe creator Sarah of Broma Bakery. "These stalks will be sweeter than the thick green ones."
White Chocolate Raspberry-Rhubarb Scones
The Recipe: White Chocolate Raspberry-Rhubarb Scones
The Hero Ingredient: Raspberries provide a sweet contrast to the natural tartness of the rhubarb in these scones. A decadent drizzle of white chocolate takes them to the next level.
The Pro Tip: "You need to plan ahead a little bit when making these rhubarb scones because the raspberries need to be frozen before they can be folded into the batter (if you don’t freeze them first, they won’t hold their shape)," notes recipe creator Sarah of Broma Bakery.
The Recipe: Rhubarb-Mint Cobbler
The Hero Ingredient: Without any added berries, this cobbler recipe lets fresh rhubarb shine all on its own. Opt for the reddest, thinnest stalks you can find as they're the sweetest and most tender variety. (AKA they're ideal for baking into a rhubarb cobbler.)
The Pro Tip: "Serve the cobbler warm with vanilla or strawberry ice cream, sweetened crème fraîche or fresh whipped cream," recommend recipe creators Holly and Natalie of The Modern Proper.
The Recipe: Rhubarb-Mint Mojito
The Hero Ingredient: The rhubarb mint simple syrup. Made by simmering together chopped rhubarb, fresh mint, sugar, and water, it's as simple to make as its name suggests. It's also the ingredient that gives this cocktail its beautiful bright pink hue.
The Pro Tip: "Strain [the] mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, removing all of the solids so you’re left with a bright pink simple syrup," notes recipe creator Sarah of Broma Bakery. Allow the syrup to cool completely before crafting the cocktails.