Nothing says Summer quite like Rhubarb. Tart and tangy, it pairs with Strawberries like a happy marriage, but stands alone quite nicely, too. At least, that’s what I’ve heard from many Rhubarb lovers. I am not one of those people. I learned years ago that I didn’t like Rhubarb and never looked back. But these 24 Sweet and Tangy Rhubarb Treats have me thinking that it might be time to give Rhubarb another try!
I remember spending time on my grandma’s farm when I was a child. I lived in New Mexico but went back every summer for a visit. My grandma had a wonderful garden and knew how to make many things. One thing she made every summer was Rhubarb. The way she made it, it was basically like a jelly or jam, but it has little pieces of rhubarb in it. Everyone loved Grandma’s Rhubarb and they’d spoon it onto toast like it was the best thing in the world.
I loved almost everything that Grandma cooked, but I could not make myself like Rhubarb. It was too sour, even though it was very sweet. It almost seemed like a dirty trick because I really wanted to like the sweetness but the sourness messed it up for me. I guess you could safely say that I was never a Sour Patch Kid either (or whatever version of that we had when I was a child.)
But now, as an adult, I really can’t remember what Rhubarb tasted like. I only remember the words I used to describe it then. But tastes change over the years, and I’ve been wondering how I would feel about Rhubarb now.
My wonderings led me to pull together these 24 Sweet and Tangy Rhubarb Treats into a roundup. I know that there are Rhubarb fans out there that may be thrilled to check some of these out. I am very curious to try a few of these myself. When I work up the nerve, that is. One of these days!
24 Sweet & Tangy Rhubarb Treats
1. Old-Fashioned Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
This first recipe just looks so delicious to me. I have a real weakness for crisps anyway, and I know I love strawberries. Served warm with some ice cream on the side, as the author recommends, sounds simply incredible!
A Farm Girl’s Dabbles – Old-Fashioned Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
2. Vanilla Bean-Rhubarb-Ginger Scones
I am very intrigued by these. I love scones. I love Vanilla Bean. I’m not so sure how the Ginger and Rhubarb would taste together, but I’m very curious. These are definitely on my Must Make list.
Brown Eyed Baker – Vanilla Bean-Rhubarb-Ginger Scones
Homemade Rhubarb Vanilla Syrup
Okay, this Rhubarb Vanilla Syrup sounds downright amazing. The author suggests things like adding it to club soda or drizzling it over pancakes and I am completely on board! It sounds pretty easy to make, too.
Nifty Thrifty Things – Homemade Rhubarb Vanilla Syrup
4. Rhubarb Fool
I am not sure why a dessert such as this is called a “Fool”. Perhaps it is because it tastes so good, you’re tempted to eat like a fool until it’s gone? All I know is that I’m a sucker for all things whipped and creamy, and this looks really tempting.
Baked Bree – Rhubarb Fool
5. Rhubarb Crumb Bars
When I look at this, it brings back fond memories of every warm, delicious, sweet, and buttery coffee cake I’ve ever eaten. I can imagine that the tartness of the rhubarb might just be the perfect addition to all that butter and brown sugar, and how good it would taste on a plate with some eggs. Yeah, that would be wonderful. And, now I’m hungry!
Bless This Mess Please – Rhubarb Crumb Bars
6. Apricot Rhubarb Strawberry Almond Crunch
I don’t know if this looks more like coffee cake or dessert to me. All I know is I want some, especially knowing that there are apricots in there. Yummy, wonderful apricots. Throw a little ice cream on top and yeah, that’s the good stuff!
Barefeet in the Kitchen – Apricot Rhubarb Strawberry Almond Crunch
7. Strawberry Rhubarb Upside Down Cake
I am absolutely wild about pineapple upside down cake. I’ve never had any other kind. But the thought of upside down cake made with strawberries and rhubarb is very intriguing and it certainly looks pretty, too!
Spend With Pennies – Strawberry Rhubarb Upside Down Cake
8. Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler
This seems like the perfect recipe if you’ve already made some rhubarb treats and you only have a little rhubarb left, since this cobbler only calls for a cup of it. You’ll need three cups of strawberries to go with it, too. But most of all, you’ll want to make sure you’re hungry because if this is as good as it looks, you’ll want to eat a lot of it!
Melissa’s Cuisine – Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler
9. Rhubarb Bars
These rhubarb bars look delicious. The author states that she is a true rhubarb fan and these bars really allow the taste of rhubarb to shine through. This means that I probably won’t be starting out with this one, but if you’re a true rhubarb fan, this might just be the perfect treat for you!
I Am Baker – Rhubarb Bars
10. Rhubarb Cheesecake Pie
Now this is much more my speed! I’ve rarely met a cheesecake I didn’t like, so that’s a winner for me right there. I figure that even if I decide I’m not a fan of the rhubarb layer, I can just eat the cheesecake and be a happy woman!
A Farm Girl’s Dabbles – Rhubarb Cheesecake Pie
11. Rhubarb-Ginger Crumble
Here’s another recipe that combines rhubarb with ginger. That seems like such an odd combination, but it is apparently a good one. And what do I know, since I’m not a rhubarb person in the first place. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I discovered the wonderful flavor combo of watermelon and mint! I know one thing about this recipe – this picture with the ice cream on top makes my mouth water!
Brown Eyed Baker – Rhubarb-Ginger Crumble
12. Rhubarb Cake
The author of this recipe had never eaten rhubarb before, but really liked this rhubarb cake. It sounds simple and delicious and it is definitely on my list of rhubarb recipes I want to try first!
The Happy Housewife – Rhubarb Cake
13. Rhubarb Fizz Cocktail
Now, this is my kind of rhubarb recipe! First, you start out making a syrup that just sounds amazing. But then, after it sits for a week – getting all that flavor going good – you mix it with some gin and a few other odds and ends and you’ve got yourself a cocktail. Yup, I can definitely get into that!
Baked Bree – Rhubarb Fizz Cocktail
14. Rhubarb Crisp with No Other Fruit
This rhubarb crisp is made by someone who loves rhubarb and wanted a crisp where the fruit could stand alone. I can appreciate that, but it is also a little intimidating to me. Still, she talks about the richness of the butter and the pecans and despite my rhubarb fear, I’m thinking that I might have to give this one a try when I can!
Bless This Mess Please – Rhubarb Crisp with No Other Fruit
15. Strawberry Rhubarb Brown Sugar Crunch
One of my favorite things about this recipe is that she tells us how to make a gluten free version. I am always a fan of having options, and gluten free is one option I go for when I can. Between that and the three magic words “Brown Sugar Crunch“, this recipe is near the top of my Rhubarb Recipes to Try list.
Barefeet in the Kitchen – Strawberry Rhubarb Brown Sugar Crunch
16. Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
Making a crisp is clearly a favorite thing to do with rhubarb, and I wasn’t sure about including another recipe for it. But what I liked about this one is that the author used blueberries in hers that she needed to use up. She says that other berries can be used with, or in place of, the strawberries, too. I like flexibility, and the thought of throwing blueberries into this pleases me. I do love blueberries!
Spend with Pennies – Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
17. Rhubarb Pie-Tartlets
First off, these little tartlets are just so darned pretty. It is reason enough to want to make these. They are a little farther down my list for now, since it looks like I should be pretty sure I like rhubarb before I make them. However, they are so pretty, even if rhubarb is not destined to be my friend, I may have to give these a try with some blueberries or peaches!
Brown Eyed Baker – Rhubarb Pie-Tartlets
18. Rhubarb Brownies
I really don’t know what I think about these. First off, I love brownies – all that rich fudgy goodness makes me happy. However, the tartness of rhubarb mixed in worries me a little. The author says that her family felt the same as me, but that she had a feeling she would love these brownies, and she does. Lots of people like chocolate cheesecake, too, and I’m not a fan. So, there is no way of knowing how I will like these until I make them. And I will. I’m much too curious to let these slip by me.
I Am Baker – Rhubarb Brownies
19. Mom’s Rhubarb Cream Cheese Bars
These bars look and sound so amazing, they may be the first rhubarb recipe I try. I love cream cheese in anything, and I can actually see how the tartness of the rhubarb could be just about perfect in these. Plus, they are pretty – and look like a wonderful treat to take to a pot luck or cook out!
A Farm Girl’s Dabbles – Mom’s Rhubarb Cream Cheese Bars
20. Strawberry Rhubarb Individual Pies
Are you in the mood for some strawberry rhubarb pie, but you don’t want a whole pie on your hands? This recipe might just be perfect for you! These pretty little pies look beautiful and tasty. Even if I decide I’m not into rhubarb, I may have to try my hand at these sometime, using a different type of fruit.
Uncommon Designs Online – Strawberry Rhubarb Individual Pies
21. Raspberry Rhubarb Jam
I can practically guarantee that I won’t be making this next recipe. Even if it turns out that I grow to love rhubarb over time, I am not at all a fan of raspberries. However, I know that I am in the minority here, and I can almost hear all my raspberry loving friends drooling over the thought of this jam. So, in honor of you all – I included this lovely recipe!
I Heart Naptime – Raspberry Rhubarb Jam
22. Strawberry Rhubarb Dump Cake Recipe
I absolutely have to try this recipe when I get the chance. Not only does it have a lot of rhubarb and a lot of strawberries, but it is made with white cake mix and some clear soda (Sprite or 7Up). It sounds fast, easy, and really delicious!
Busy Creating Memories – Strawberry Rhubarb Dump Cake Recipe
23. Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler
I almost didn’t include this recipe in the roundup because I already have so many others that are similar. But this looks so easy to make and looks so delicious, I just couldn’t resist. I’m always a fan of recipes that are fast, easy, and yummy!
Spend With Pennies – Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler
24. Rhubarb Crumb Cake
I love reading this recipe write-up. Not only does this crumb cake sound delicious, but the author talks openly about the problems she had with the original recipe, but she shares how she solved each problem. I’m always happy to pick up extra tips and tricks along the way. And really, doesn’t that crumb cake look amazing?
Brown Eyed Baker – Rhubarb Crumb Cake
I don’t know about you, but these 24 Sweet & Tangy Rhubarb Treats have me really fired up to try some rhubarb as soon as I can.
What recipe would you like to try first?