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Memorial Day Desserts

Sweeten up your celebrations with America's favorite seasonal (and patriotic) pies, shortcakes, cookies and more!

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I saw a bar recipe using apple and lemon peel on a muffin mix box. I tried it from scratch with shredded zucchini and fresh blueberries instead. It’s a nifty combo. —Shelly Bevington, Hermiston, Oregon
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Easy Royal Icing

Easy Royal Icing

Easy Royal Icing

This classic decorating icing sets up and dries quickly. It's especially nice to use when cookies will be stacked on a plate. For accompanying recipes and decorating tips, visit Spring Has Sprung. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Strawberry Ginger Tart

Strawberry Ginger Tart

Strawberry Ginger Tart

“This tart heralds lazy summer days when strawberries are at their sweetest and juiciest. It’s entirely customizable, too. You can substitute any refrigerated cookie dough for the crust.” —Chantal Bourbon, Montreal, Quebec

Lemon-Mint Pound Cake with Strawberries

Lemon-Mint Pound Cake with Strawberries

Lemon-Mint Pound Cake with Strawberries

Lemon and mint are two ingredients that shout summer to me. This twist on strawberry shortcake comes together like a charm and is great when you want to impress. —Nichole Jones, Pleasant Grove, Utah
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Delicious Ice Cream Dessert

Delicious Ice Cream Dessert

Delicious Ice Cream Dessert

We appreciate a cool, creamy dessert like this in summer. It stays fresh in the freezer for one week. Top with the fudgy sauce before serving. — Mrs. Earl Brewer, Jackson, Mississippi

Shortcake with Fresh Rhubarb Sauce

Shortcake with Fresh Rhubarb Sauce

Shortcake with Fresh Rhubarb Sauce

Every spring when her rhubarb was ready, my mother-in-law chopped it up for this moist cake. If your rhubarb is too tart for the sauce, just add in some strawberries. —Rena McCalment, Sharpsville, Indiana

Berry Smoothie Pops

Berry Smoothie Pops

Berry Smoothie Pops

Three types of good-for-you berries make these pops bright and tasty. —Lisa Roman, Honolulu, Hawaii

Oregon's Best Marionberry Pie

Oregon's Best Marionberry Pie

Oregon's Best Marionberry Pie

I believe Oregon marionberries make about the best berry pie in the world. And when you add some cream cheese and flavorings, you'll be making the best even better! —Frances Benthin, Scio, Oregon

Watermelon Gelatin Dessert

Watermelon Gelatin Dessert

Watermelon Gelatin Dessert

For a refreshing change from the usual birthday cake, flavor your party with this "fruitful" favorite! Since the treat is so easy to prepare, you'll likely want to serve it for other occasions...or even any day at all!—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Blueberry, Basil and Goat Cheese Pie

Blueberry, Basil and Goat Cheese Pie

Blueberry, Basil and Goat Cheese Pie

For a good friend moving to L.A., I made a galette of blueberries, creamy goat cheese and fresh basil. Bake one, share it and start a precious memory. —Ashley Lecker, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Loaded M&M Oreo Cookie Bars

Loaded M&M Oreo Cookie Bars

Loaded M&M Oreo Cookie Bars

We’re all so busy and pressed for time that I find myself creating recipes that are generally fast to prepare, proving that you don’t have to spend all day in the kitchen to obtain fabulous results. Here’s a favorite of mine that combines crunchy M&M's and gooey chocolate all nestled into a flavorful blondie.—Averie Sunshine, San Diego, California www.averiecooks.com

Ruby-Red Strawberry Sauce

Ruby-Red Strawberry Sauce

Ruby-Red Strawberry Sauce

My best friend, Lynn Young, and I came up with this recipe after our husbands requested it. In addition to ice cream, it can be served over pancakes and waffles. —Terri Zobel, Raleigh, North Carolina
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