Our Favorite Memorial Day Dessert Recipes

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Strawberry Country Cake

Ina flavors this impressive cake with sour cream and the zest from lemon and orange. Spread generous spoonfuls of whipped cream between the cake layers and on top before adding fresh strawberries for a decorative centerpiece.

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Red, White and Blue Fruit Cups

Rachael’s 10-minute dessert is chock-full of fresh fruit: strawberries, blueberries and blackberries.

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Frozen Fireworks

Just like your favorite childhood treat, these ice pops are ideal for ringing in summer. To achieve the different colors, Valerie uses a combination of coconut sorbet, raspberry sorbet and blue food coloring. The cherry on top? Star-shaped cuts of fresh pineapple!

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Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Cake

You’ll use vanilla and strawberry ice cream to make the creamy filling for this frozen take on classic strawberry shortcake.

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Dump Cakes

All you need to make one of Ree’s Dump Cakes is a box of cake mix, canned fruit, butter – and whipped cream, for serving.

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Patriotic Cheesecake Parfaits

Take all the great, rich flavor of cheesecake, layer it with summer’s best berries then add a little crunch and a touch of chocolate, and you have what may just be the perfect summer dessert. Best of all, a great big, celebratory serving of this parfait clocks in at less than 400 calories. (This recipe can also be made to serve six instead of four. Just use smaller glasses and divvy the recipe up into six parfaits with less than 250 calories each. We pinky-swear it won’t feel skimpy!)

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Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies

Gently swirl strawberry jam into uncooked cheesecake using a wooden skewer for a colorful (and tasty) treat. Use dollops of blueberry jam too for the full red, white and blue!

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Vanilla Ice Cream with Honey

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Cherry Pie Cookie Bars

It only takes 15 minutes of measuring and mixing to get a batch of these cherry bars into the oven. Then comes the hard part of the recipe: waiting until they’re baked so that you can eat them!

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Patriotic Berry Trifle

Sunny’s trick for making this colorful trifle quick? Use store-bought angel food cake to cut down on the prep time.

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Grilled Chocolate Angel Food Cake

After baking, Valerie grills her angel food cake for a caramelized flavor and grill marks that scream of summer. A dollop of whipped cream and seasonal berries add a patriotic pop of color that sends the dessert over the top.

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Cheesecake Tart with Berries

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Fast and Fruity Ice Cream

The easiest way to make ice cream if you don’t have a machine? Toss some frozen fruit and Greek yogurt into your food processor and combine until smooth and easy to scoop.

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Classic Strawberry Shortcake

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Cherry Cream Cheese Galette

Two great desserts (cheesecake and cherry pie) are rolled into one with Valerie’s delicious galette. Plus, no fussing with pretty pie-dough decorations — the crust of a galette has a simple, rustic charm instead.

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Pineapple Upside-Down Ice Cream Cake

Trust us — you’re going to want seconds of this fruity frozen cake. Serve on a blue dish to really emphasize the red and white colors that pop throughout the dessert.

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Whipped Cheesecakes with Pistachio Crust

These pretty, layered fruit and cheesecake cups are a breeze to make – just be sure to mix them up in advance so that they have time to chill completely.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Crostata

Like a pie (but easier) this free-form fruit dessert is the perfect addition to any Memorial Day cookout dessert spread.

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Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes

A dash of cocoa powder gives this summertime summer favorite a deliciously chocolatey flair.

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Mixed Berry Cobbler

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Frozen Lemonade Pie

Use frozen lemonade as the filling for this easy-to-make, berry-topped pie.

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Plum-Nectarine Crumble With Hazelnuts

To make the juicy filling for this refreshing fruit crumble, combine sliced nectarines with succulent plums, tart lemon juice, flour and sugar. Easy!

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Mini Rosewater Trifles with Cardamom Cream

Blueberries, raspberries and an easy-to-make cardamom whipped cream give these individual-size trifles their patriotic colors.

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Tres Leches Cake with Berries

Fluffy whipped cream and fresh berries are the perfect way to dress up sweet tres leches cake for your cookout.

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Black Raspberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

Decadent black raspberry ice cream gets housed between buttery lemon sugar cookies to make these yummy ice cream sandwiches.

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