Memorial Day Desserts

This collection of Memorial Day desserts features all of our favorite patriotic, make ahead, and cold desserts to take to holiday BBQ’s and potlucks!

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Desserts for Your Memorial Day Cookout

I’ve mentioned before that we always have some kind of Memorial Day BBQ since everyone has the holiday off and the weather is warm. It’s the perfect time for a celebration and to get outside and grill! It’s the perfect kick-off to summer.

We usually assign everyone to bring a type of dish, and I personally love being in charge of desserts! There are SO many options for Memorial Day desserts, and I’ve included all different kinds in this post.

You can always whip up something patriotic and decorate it in red white and blue, make some kind of traditional dessert like pie or cake, or since the weather is warm it’s also a great opportunity to do a cold or frozen dessert!

This collection includes all of these types of recipes. But before we get into the recipes, here are some tips for preparing and serving your Memorial Day desserts.

Jello poke cake on a white plate.

Tips for Memorial Day Desserts

How many desserts do I need? Plan to have at least 2 dessert choices for the first 10-12 guests. Once you start adding dessert choices you will only need to make sure there’s enough for people to have two dessert servings and not a piece of each dessert. 

Keeping desserts cold. Many desserts can be left out for a couple of hours or longer and still be ok to eat. Cold desserts need to be kept cold or you’ll end up with a gooey mess.

  • If you can, keep the desserts in the refrigerator or a cooler with ice until you’re ready to serve them.
  • One way to keep a dessert cool while it’s out on the serving table is to fill a sheet pan or bowl with ice. Place the dessert on a platter or in a bowl and set it right on top of the ice. 

Festive colors. Red, white, and blue are often used for Memorial day and can be found in many of these Memorial Day Desserts. Using red white and blue platters, bowls and trays really helps tie the desserts together. 

The colors can also be used for frosting, sprinkles, and fruits to easily transform a regular everyday dessert into a patriotic one.

Oreo ice cream cake with a bite missing on a white plate.

Transporting Desserts

It can be so disappointing to spend time creating a delicious and beautiful dessert, only to have it ruined while transporting it.

If you’re transporting a cold dessert to a memorial day picnic or backyard barbecue you’ll need a way to keep it cold. There are several factors that you can consider to safely get your dessert to your party destination.

  • Carriers. Many desserts have specifically designed carriers, like cupcakes and cake carriers. Often you can use pans, boxes, and bins that you already have to protect the dessert. Be careful that the ice is contained so that if it melts it won’t leak into the dessert.
  • Temperature. Keep them at the right temperature. Use a cooler packed with heating pads or ice packs depending on what type of dessert you have.
  • In the car. Be sure to set them on the floor where they cannot tumble off the seat. If you have a yoga or other non-stick mat, place it on the floor to help keep them from sliding around. You can even place a blanket or towel around the container to keep it snugly in place.

Red, White, and Blue Memorial Day Desserts

We love to add a few Memorial Day dessert recipes that are patriotic RED, WHITE, and BLUE. Kids love them, and they are usually simple. Lot involve fruit too which is great to enjoy in the summer!

Fourth Of July Rice Krispie Treats

Delicious, simple, and quick 4th of July Rice Krispie Treats are always a hit. With layers of the colors of the American Flag, they are festive for any patriotic occasion.

1 4th of July Rice Krispies Treat Recipe

Dessert 4th of July Rice Krispies Treat Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Paradise Parfaits

Paradise parfaits are a creamy combination of a delicious fluffy pudding and fresh fruit. They are simply heavenly!

2 Dessert Parfait Recipe

Dessert Dessert Parfait Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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Patriotic Trail Mix

Sweet and crunchy Patriotic Trail Mix is filled with candy coated cereal mixed with mini marshmallows, licorice and M&Ms.

3 Patriotic Trail Mix Recipe

Dessert Patriotic Trail Mix Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Fruit Pizza Recipe

The BEST Fruit Pizza recipe ever! A super soft cookie dough with a pineapple cream cheese frosting topped with your favorite fruit!

4 Fruit Pizza Recipe

Dessert Fruit Pizza Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 21 votes
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Angel Food Cake

This tender, light as air angel food cake is a must-try! With the perfect amount of sweetness, it’s perfect to enjoy all year long.

5 Angel Food Cake Recipe

Dessert Angel Food Cake Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Fruit Pizza Cookies

Mini Fruit Pizzas are individual sized versions of a classic favorite! With a sugar cookie base, cream cheese frosting, and fresh fruit, they’re to die for!

6 Fruit Pizza Cookie Recipe

Dessert Fruit Pizza Cookie Recipe
Total Time: 18 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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Patriotic Poke Cake

This cool, light and refreshing jello poke cake is filled with red and blue JELLO making it perfectly patriotic. Make for Independence Day, Memorial Day or Labor Day and it’s sure to be a hit!

7 Patriotic Poke Cake Recipe

Dessert Patriotic Poke Cake Recipe
5 from 11 votes
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Angel Food Cupcakes

Fluffy and light Angel food cupcakes are the tastiest dessert—especially with a pineapple flavored whipped topping.

8 Angel Food Cupcake Recipe

Dessert Angel Food Cupcake Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Mini Fruit Tarts

Cute cream-filled Mini Fruit Tarts are a delicious and simple summer dessert! These mini treats are perfect for any get together.

9 Mini Fruit Tarts Recipe

Dessert Mini Fruit Tarts Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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Fruit Tart

Prettiest and yummiest fruit tart you will ever make! Sweet, buttery, and perfect for spring and summer parties, holidays or get togethers.

10 Fruit Tart Recipe

Dessert Fruit Tart Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 16 votes
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We have so many favorite summer go-to treats!

We have rounded up some of our classics that can also be made ahead of time too. Make the morning of or the night before to make cooking a breeze the day of. 😉

Dirt Cake

Oreo Dirt Cake – layers of creamy, white chocolate pudding, cream cheese, cool whip and more and topped off with Oreos!

11 Dirt Cake Recipe

Dessert Dirt Cake Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
4.96 from 68 votes
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Blueberry Delight

Blueberry Crumb Delight is a delicious layered dessert recipe with a cream middle and topped with blueberries and whipped cream!

12 Blueberry Delight Recipe

Dessert Blueberry Delight Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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Cherry Almond Cupcakes

Light and fluffy cherry almond cupcakes are bursting with maraschino cherries. They are topped with luscious homemade buttercream frosting.

13 Cherry Almond Cupcake Recipe

Dessert Cherry Almond Cupcake Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Peach Pie

A delicious homemade pie with a fresh peach filling and flaky crust! Serve this peach pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a mouth watering dessert.

14 Peach Pie Recipe

Dessert Peach Pie Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
4.79 from 19 votes
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Jello Poke Cake

I Love Jello Poke Cake! I Went With Raspberry Here, But You Can Easily Make A Cherry Or A Strawberry Poke Cake.

15 Jello Poke Cake Recipe

Dessert Jello Poke Cake Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes
5 from 334 votes
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Dessert Kabobs

Dessert Kabobs are a simple and delicious way to serve several “mini” treats at once. They are perfect for parties, BBQs and every day!

16 Dessert Kabobs Recipe

Dessert Dessert Kabobs Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Peach Dump Cake

3 ingredients Peach Dump Cake is quick, simple, and utterly tasty. It is warm, gooey, and perfectly peachy!!

17 Peach Dump Cake Recipe

Dessert Peach Dump Cake Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes
4.96 from 244 votes
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Triple Berry Pie

Fresh and fruity Triple Berry Pie is easy and delicious with only 30 minutes of prep time. It’s perfect all year long because you can use frozen or fresh berries!

18 Triple Berry Pie Recipe

Dessert Triple Berry Pie Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
4.92 from 34 votes
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Best Apple Pie

There’s nothing like a slice of warm apple pie served with vanilla ice cream! This recipe for Homemade Apple Pie has proven to be the BEST apple pie recipe around. With a flaky, buttery crust made from scratch, and a gooey, sweet apple filling, this pie will not disappoint!

19 Best Apple Pie Recipe

Dessert Best Apple Pie Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 45 minutes
4.97 from 62 votes
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Blueberry Dump Cake

This easy blueberry dump cake is made with only 3 ingredients! With a layer of juicy blueberry pie filling and a buttery topping, it’s perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

20 Blueberry Dump Cake Recipe

Dessert Blueberry Dump Cake Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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Key Lime Pie

Classic key lime pie is creamy, tangy, and completely irresistible. It’s incredibly easy to make, and the perfect pie for summer. 

21 Key Lime Pie Recipe

Dessert Key Lime Pie Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 40 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Strawberry Pie

Strawberry Pie is the perfect springtime dessert! Fresh strawberries piled high, coated in strawberry jello, and placed in a buttery crust.

22 Strawberry Pie Recipe

Dessert Strawberry Pie Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes
4.80 from 10 votes
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Sugar Cookie Bars

One of everyone’s favorite cookies in bar form – these soft Sugar Cookie Bars are simple and are topped with a delicious buttercream frosting that makes this dessert irresistible

23 Sugar Cookie Bars

Dessert Sugar Cookie Bars
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.87 from 23 votes
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Delight

A delicious and cool layered dessert with a cookie base, cream cheese and pudding layer all topped off with Cool Whip and mini Chocolate Chips.

24 Chocolate Chip Cookie Delight Recipe

Dessert Chocolate Chip Cookie Delight Recipe
Total Time: 54 minutes
4.96 from 24 votes
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Lemon Lasagna

This luscious lemon lasagna consists of 4 tasty layers, including a Lemon Oreo crust, cream cheese layer, lemon pudding layer and topped with whipped cream! 

25 Lemon Lasagna Recipe

Dessert Lemon Lasagna Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
4.94 from 99 votes
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Cookie Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars (aka Pan Chewies) – our family’s go-to Sunday Night Dessert! It’s your favorite cookie in bar-form served hot and perfect with ice cream.

26 Cookie Bars Recipe

Dessert Cookie Bars Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
4.94 from 61 votes
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White Chocolate Lasagna

Layers of Golden Oreos, cream cheese, pudding, whipped cream and white chocolate curls make up this DELICIOUS White Chocolate Lasagna that is a hit at every function.

27 White Chocolate Lasagna Recipe

Dessert White Chocolate Lasagna Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.90 from 38 votes
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Cream Puff Cake Recipe

The BEST Cream Puff Cake ever!! A cake version of the popular cream puff, it has a puffy crust, pudding and whipped cream layers and often drizzled in chocolate.

28 Cream Puff Cake Recipe

Dessert Cream Puff Cake Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.99 from 97 votes
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other memorial day DESSERTS

These chilled treats are perfect summertime desserts. Whip these up when you are staying near a fridge/freezer as they need to stay cool. But boy are they tasty!!

No Bake Cheesecake with Strawberry Topping

This NO BAKE cheesecake is the perfect recipe for summer. With a delicious graham cracker crust, and a creamy vanilla cream cheese mixture, you can top it with anything – like these sugared strawberries! Everyone goes crazy over this easy no bake cheesecake recipe!

29 No Bake Cheesecake Recipe

This no bake strawberry cheesecake is the perfect recipe for summer. So creamy, so easy & topped with fresh berries. Everyone goes crazy over this easy cheesecake recipe!
Dessert No Bake Cheesecake Recipe
Total Time: 6 hours 25 minutes
5 from 25 votes
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Oreo Pudding Pie

No bake Oreo Pudding Pie is a quick and easy dessert perfect for any time of the year. It comes together in 15 minutes!!

30 Oreo Pudding Pie Recipe

Dessert Oreo Pudding Pie Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Easy Berry Icebox Cake

Easy Berry Icebox Cake is simple, light and full of fresh summer berries. It’ll disappear in seconds at your next get together!

31 Strawberry Icebox Cake Recipe

Dessert Strawberry Icebox Cake Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Frozen Butterfinger Pie

With a chocolate Oreo crust, a homemade Butterfinger ice cream filling, fluffy whipped topping, and even more Butterfingers on top, every single bite of this pie is full of peanut butter flavor and unbelievably delicious!

32 Frozen Butterfinger Pie Recipe

Dessert Frozen Butterfinger Pie Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 13 votes
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Frozen Strawberry Dessert

This Frozen Strawberry Dessert is made with a buttery graham cracker crust and creamy frozen strawberry filling.

33 Frozen Strawberry Dessert Recipe

Dessert Frozen Strawberry Dessert Recipe
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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Lemon Icebox Pie

Deliciously creamy & tangy Lemon Icebox Pie is a classic chilled Southern dessert that’s perfect for summer!

34 Lemon Icebox Pie Recipe

Dessert Lemon Icebox Pie Recipe
Total Time: 6 hours 50 minutes
5 from 13 votes
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Boston Cream Poke Cake

Everything you love about Boston cream donuts and pies, in the form of a cool and creamy pudding poke cake! 

35 Boston Cream Poke Cake

Dessert Boston Cream Poke Cake
Total Time: 45 minutes
4.75 from 8 votes
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Oreo Ice Cream Cake

This Oreo Ice Cream Cake makes for the perfect no bake dessert during warm summer months. Best of all, it only takes 5 simple store bought ingredients! No one can resist the layers of crushed Oreos, Cookies and Cream Ice Cream, Hot Fudge, Cool Whip, and MORE Oreos!

36 Oreo Ice Cream Cake Recipe

Dessert Oreo Ice Cream Cake Recipe
Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
5 from 134 votes
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Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Oreo studded Ice Cream Sandwiches made into a Cake is cool, creamy, and refreshingly delicious. It is perfect for hot summer days!!

37 Ice Cream Sandwich Cake Recipe

Dessert Ice Cream Sandwich Cake Recipe
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
5 from 39 votes
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No Bake Strawberry Shortcake

NO-BAKE Strawberry Shortcake has layers of cream-filled cookies, vanilla pudding, and strawberries. It’s the perfect cool dessert!

38 No Bake Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

slice of strawberry shortcake lasagna on white plate
Dessert No Bake Strawberry Shortcake Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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crowd pleasing desserts

We hope you enjoy this collection of Memorial Day desserts. They are the perfect finishing touch to any cook out or get together and are sure to please a crowd!

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  1. We love your lemon lasagna!! The more desserts, the better! We make your fruit pizza all summer long!

  2. I’ve made the Strawberry Pie and the Fruit Pizza recipes listed here both were amazing. I’m anxious to try out more of these desserts- and just in time for memorial day this Monday.

  3. I love all the different recipes for the holidays. I like the ideas and how fun it is to make all this food for your family!!

  4. I have made the fruit pizzas and fruit cookie recipes. They are so easy and very delicious! I am planning on making the lemon lasagna soon!!!

    1. I’m so glad you have enjoyed the fruit pizzas! Those are fun ones. Hope you enjoy the lemon lasagna too!!