11 Jam-Filled Recipes to Make the Most of Your Summer Preserves

They say if you really love someone, you’ll let them go — but when you love seasonal fruits, you can them. And oh, how we canned everything this summer: There was no berry too delicate, no stone fruit too hardy to be cooked down and hoarded like we’d never live to see another beach day.

Now that fall is here, let’s put that jam to good use. Don’t get us wrong — we’re always up for a classic peanut butter and jelly, but jam deserves to be more than just your desk lunch sandwich. From miniature pies to a show-stopping holiday appetizer, here’s how to make the most of your superhero preserves: Spread them, bake them, or stuff them in a donut. We’re having our summer fruit, autumn be damned.

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Homemade Nutri-Grain Bars

You can do better than foil-wrapped cereal bars out of a box. Half Baked Harvest shows us how to DIY Nutri-Grain at home.

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Dark Chocolate + Raspberry Scones

Spreading your jam is so last season. My Name Is Yeh bakes a dollop of raspberry preserves into her scones for a perfect, fruity bite.

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Cherry Danishes

Make these next weekend, and you will be a brunch hero. Oh, Ladycakes has a vegan recipe, but if you’re whipping up danishes on the fly, feel free to sub in store-bought puff pastry.

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These are the only jelly doughnuts you need in your life. Ever. Fry them and stuff them with jam, and they will never do you wrong. Thanks, My Name Is Yeh!

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Fontina Blackberry Smash

I lied. We agreed there would be no sandwiches, but this is too good to pass up. Fruit is the soulmate to your grilled cheese — and while you can use fresh berries, à la How Sweet It Is, we’d recommend smothering your bread with chunky preserves.

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Two-Bite Blackberry Pie

It’s never too late for summertime pies. Oh, Ladycakes uses up her late-season preserves in these adorable, bite-sized treats.

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Raspberry Crumble Bars

Need a berry-filled treat to go? Love and Lemons has your back. These crumble bars are easy as can be: Bake the crust, top with jam, and sprinkle with more crumble. Done.

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Jam Sunflower Thimbles

Green Kitchen Stories gives the classic thumbprint cookie an update. Made with oats and sunflower seeds, these so-called thimbles are as healthy as they are adorable.

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Apricot Cake

Did you know jam makes a mean cake batter? Technicolor Kitchen uses up her stone fruit preserves in this fluffy cake.

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Goat Cheese Terrine with Fig Jam

Bookmark this recipe for the holidays. Right now. Katie at the Kitchen Door’s terrine is an instant crowd-pleaser, pairing tangy goat cheese with fruity jam and pesto.

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Gin + Jam

Gin and jam is about as easy to make as it sounds: Pour yourself a splash of gin, add a teaspoon of jam, and maybe a dash of simple syrup or honey. Voilà — a cocktail for the lazy bartender. Thanks, Honestly Yum!

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