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The Best Memorial Day Dessert Recipes

From cool and creamy to rich and decadent, here are ten of the best Memorial Day dessert recipes to enjoy as you start your summer celebrations.

Strawberry Brownie Shortcake

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Macerated fresh strawberries layered with brownies and whipped cream is a fresh take on the classic strawberry shortcake. Top with some blueberries for an extra patriotic touch.

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S’mores Pudding Cups

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Too hot to make s’mores by the fire? These cold and creamy s’mores pudding cups are just as delicious. Plus you can set all the ingredients out and let everyone make their own to still be fun and interactive.

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American Flag Cheesecake

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This creamy NY-style cheesecake is the perfect patriotic dessert for Memorial Day topped with blueberries and raspberries, though you can use strawberries or cherries if preferred.

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Peanut Butter Pie With Brownie Crust

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Love the classic cold and creamy peanut butter pie? Make it even more delicious by making it in a brownie crust!

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Lemon Blueberry Trifle

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If you love the combination of blueberry and lemon this dessert is for you. It can even be made with store-bought cake!

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The Best Grilled Pineapple

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Firing up the grill? This is the best grilled pineapple for an easy and light dessert. It’s also delicious with a scoop of ice cream and a slice of pound cake.

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No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream

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This delicious strawberry ice cream is so creamy and you don’t even need an ice cream machine to make it.

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No-Bake Cheesecake Parfaits

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A cheesecake-flavored dessert that looks a lot more impressive than the time it takes to make. We use strawberries and blueberries for a patriotic feel but it’s also good with pitted cherries, raspberries, or blackberries.

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Mandarin Orange Fluff Salad

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This fruit dish may be called a salad, but let’s be real. It’s totally sweet enough to be a dessert. This version is made with fresh mandarin oranges and homemade whipped cream though you can certainly use canned oranges and whipped topping.

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Macerated Fruit

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Ever wonder how to make those syrupy strawberries you often find on strawberry shortcakes? All you need to do is slice some fresh strawberries and macerate them with this recipe – no cooking required. Don’t forget the fresh whipped cream.

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