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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Memorial Day Desserts

Favorite Desserts for Memorial Day

I’ve mentioned before that we always have some kind of Memorial Day BBQ, since everyone has the holiday off, the weather is warm, and it’s the perfect time 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.

Before we get into the recipes, here are some tips for preparing and serving your Memorial Day Desserts.

Tips for Memorial Day Desserts

How many desserts do I need? Plan to have at least 2 dessert choices for every 10 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, well, cold or you’ll end up with a gooey mess. If you can, keep the food in the refrigerator or a cooler 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 tray/bowl with ice and place the dessert right on top. 

Festive Colors: Red, White and Blue is 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 help tie the desserts together. 

Traditional Desserts

patriotic Desserts

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

Red White and Blueberry Cupcakes Recipe
Red, White and Blueberry Cupcakes - the perfect patriotic treat for your next BBQ or picnic!
Total Time: 28 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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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!
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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4th of July Rice Krispies Treat Recipe
Delicious, simple and quick 4th of July Rice Krispies Treats. These red, white and blue treats are always a hit, and are festive for any patriotic occasion.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Red, White and Blue Trifle Recipe
The perfect dessert for the Layered Fourth - Red, White and Blue Trifle. Recipe includes white cake mix, red and blue food coloring, white chocolate pudding, cool whip, and strawberries.
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Dessert Kabobs Recipe
Dessert Kabobs - a simple and delicious way to serve several "mini" treats. Perfect for parties, barbecues and holidays!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Paradise Parfait Recipe
Paradise Parfaits - Fruit and a creamy, fluffy pudding mixture layered together to make a delicious cool dessert!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Patriotic Trail Mix Recipe
Patriotic Trail Mix - candy coated cereal mixed with mini marshmallows, licorice and M&Ms making it a perfect treat for any patriotic holiday like Fourth of July, Memorial Day or Veteran's Day!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Patriotic Pudding Cups Recipe
Make a fun and festive treat for your 4th of July party with this Patriotic Pudding Cups recipe! Layers of smooth and creamy red, white, and blue pudding, topped with summertime Oreos. The kids love making these pudding cups as much as they love eating them!
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Angel Food Cupcake Recipe
Fluffy and light Angel food cupcakes are the tastiest dessert—especially with a pineapple flavored whipped topping.
Total Time: 25 minutes
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Make Ahead Desserts

Make Ahead Desserts

We have so many go-to treats that we love to enjoy in the summer time!

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. 😉

Jello Poke Cake Recipe
I Love Jello Poke Cake! I Went With Raspberry Here, But You Can Easily Make A Cherry Or A Strawberry Poke Cake.
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.89 from 26 votes
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Blueberry Delight Recipe
Blueberry Crumb Delight - a delicious layered dessert recipe with a cream middle and topped with blueberries and cool whip!
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.88 from 8 votes
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Dirt Cake Recipe
Oreo Dirt Cake - layers of creamy, white chocolate pudding, cream cheese, cool whip and more and topped off with Oreos!
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.89 from 17 votes
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Cherry Almond Cupcakes Recipe
DELICIOUS Cherry Almond Cupcakes with homemade buttercream frosting!! This dessert is DELICIOUS! These cupcakes are so soft with hints of almond, vanilla, and cherry!!
Total Time: 30 minutes
4 from 2 votes
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Peach Pie Recipe
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.
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Strawberry Pie Recipe
Strawberry Pie is the perfect springtime dessert! Fresh strawberries piled high, coated in strawberry jello, and placed in a buttery crust.
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Berry Pie Recipe
This Triple Berry Pie isn't only easy but is fresh and delicious! This fruity dessert has an amazing berry pie crumble on top and is perfect all year long.
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Best Apple Pie Recipe
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!
Total Time: 3 hours 45 minutes
4.91 from 22 votes
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Key Lime Pie Recipe
Classic key lime pie is creamy, tangy and completely irresistible. It's incredibly easy to make, and the perfect pie for summer. 
Total Time: 4 hours 40 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Bowl of blueberry dump cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Blueberry Dump Cake Recipe
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.
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Peach Dump Cake Recipe
Quick, simple and tasty Peach Dump Cake is always a hit. This cake mix based treat is filled with peaches and butter and is the perfect dessert to make when you don't have much time to prep but want a warm, delicious cake. 
Total Time: 55 minutes
4.9 from 28 votes
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Lemon Lasagna Recipe
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! 
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
4.85 from 51 votes
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Delight Recipe
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.
Total Time: 54 minutes
4.88 from 8 votes
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White Chocolate Lasagna Recipe
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.
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.8 from 20 votes
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Sugar Cookie Bars Recipe
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. 
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Cookie Bars Recipe
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.
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.88 from 31 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.
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.87 from 36 votes
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Cold Desserts

Cold Desserts

Easy No-Bake Berry Icebox Cake
Easy Berry Icebox Cake Recipe
This icebox cake will be the hit of your summer BBQs. It's simple, light and full of fresh summer berries. It'll disappear in seconds!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Oreo Pudding Pie Recipe
Oreo Pudding Pie is a quick and easy dessert that's perfect for any time of the year. With an oreo crust, a delicious cream cheese layer and a white chocolate pudding layer topped with crushed oreos and whipped cream, you really can't go wrong with this Oreo pie!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Cookie Dough Ice Cream Pie Recipe
Cookie Dough Ice Cream Pie - eggless cookie dough inside a rich and creamy frozen pie. So yummy!
Total Time: 18 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Ice Cream Sandwich Cake Recipe
Prep this ice cream sandwich cake in 5 minutes! It's perfect for hot summer days and your kids will LOVE it. Chocolate ice cream sandwiches topped with whipped cream and crushed Oreos!
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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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!
No Bake Cheesecake Recipe
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!
Total Time: 6 hours 25 minutes
4.94 from 15 votes
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slice of strawberry shortcake lasagna on white plate
No Bake Strawberry Shortcake Recipe
NO-BAKE Strawberry Shortcake - layers of creme filled cookies, vanilla pudding, strawberries and topped with whipped cream and more strawberries. The perfect cool dessert!
Total Time: 8 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Frozen Butterfinger Pie Recipe
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 unbelievably delicious!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Oreo Ice Cream Cake Recipe
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!
Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
4.94 from 30 votes
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Lemon Icebox Pie Recipe
Lemon Icebox Pie is a classic Southern dessert that's perfect for summer. It has crunchy graham cracker crust, and a deliciously creamy, tangy, lemon flavor.
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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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! This Boston Cream Poke Cake has a texture and taste that is nothing short of dreamy. Best of all, it's made entirely from box mixes - EASY!!
Total Time: 45 minutes
4.75 from 4 votes
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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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