Last-Minute Desserts to Make for Your Memorial Day Cookout
Memorial Day celebrations with family and friends should be all fun and no stress. Don’t sweat it if you’ve waited until the last minute to bake a dessert for a backyard barbecue or lakeside gathering. These quick and easy recipes come together in a breeze on the day of your patriotic celebration. From fruity pies to chocolaty bars, these summery desserts are sure to be crowd-pleasers. Looking for more inspiration? Check out this collection of no-bake desserts you’ll want to make all season long.
Easy Blackberry Cobbler
Grilled Banana Splits with Chocolate Sauce
If the grill is already fired up for dinner, you might as well use it for cooking this classic dessert too. Tip: Smaller ripe bananas will maintain their shape on the grill.
Strawberry-Blueberry Shortcake Ice Cream Sandwiches
Recipe: Combine 1 lb. fresh strawberries, sliced, with 2 cups fresh blueberries; sprinkle with 3 Tbsp. sugar, and toss. Let stand 10 minutes. Spoon evenly over 10 vanilla or chocolate miniature ice-cream sandwiches; dollop with 1⁄2 (8-oz.) container thawed whipped topping.
Outdoor celebrations call for cool, kid-friendly desserts. Even better, these ice-cream sandwiches come together in 15 minutes.
Peach-Blackberry-Yogurt Fruit Cups
Swap the ice cream for Greek yogurt in this healthier dessert that’s packed with fresh summer produce. You can also enjoy it as a snack.
Berries with Tequila Cream
Recipe: Berries with Tequila Cream
Top sweet summer berries with a rich-and-smoky tequila cream sauce.
Recipe: Icebox Cheesecake
Prep this classic cheesecake in the morning, let it chill all day, and pull it out after dinner for a refreshingly sweet treat.
Strawberries-and-Cream Sheet Cake
This easy-to-make sheet cake delivers not only a pretty presentation but also enough servings to feed for a larger crowd.
Recipe: Lemon-Almond Bars
These best-loved bars will fly off the dessert table.
Blackberry-Peach Cobbler Bars
Recipe: Blackberry-Peach Cobbler Bars
Two of our favorite summer flavors come together in a grab-and-go version of a classic dessert.
Chewy Peanut Bars
Recipe: Chewy Peanut Bars
All you need is a microwave to whip up these quick-fix chocolate-peanut butter bars.
Mississippi Mud Brownies
Recipe: Mississippi Mud Brownies
Give traditional brownies an upgrade by adding chopped pecans and mini marshmallows.
Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe: Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies
You can’t go wrong with a classic. Easily alter this original recipe to make Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies or Oatmeal-Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Peach Berry Crumble
Recipe: Peach Berry Crumble
Serve this colorful Southern cobbler with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.
Fried Blueberry-Ginger Hand Pies
Recipe: Fried Blueberry Ginger Hand Pies
Make these easy-to-eat hand pies a day in advance. Wrap them in wax paper, and bring them along to your Memorial Day party.
Buttermilk Ice Cream
Recipe: Buttermilk Ice Cream
Looking for a fun activity the kids can enjoy? Make an old-fashioned batch of Buttermilk Ice Cream. You can make variations to the recipe for new flavors like Avocado-Key Lime Pie or Strawberry-Pretzel. Pick up soft-baked sugar cookies from you local bakery to make ice-cream sandwiches.