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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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Almond-Lemon Pound Cake

“This is the first cake I learned to make more than 30 years ago, and it’s still a favorite of mine,” Michaela Rosenthal jots from Woodland Hills, California. You can freeze any leftover cake and berry sauce for another time.
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Watermelon Bombe

Watermelon Bombe

Watermelon Bombe

Says Mary Ann Dell of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania: “I can’t count the times I’ve made this wonderful dessert. It’s a favorite at our summer barbecues. People think you really fussed, but it couldn’t be easier—and there are never any leftovers!”

Grilled Peaches and Berries

Grilled Peaches and Berries

Grilled Peaches and Berries

Simple ingredients brown sugar, butter and lemon juice release the flavors of the peaches and blueberries when they are grilled in a foil pouch. Cleanup couldn't be easier for this recipe from Sharon W. Bickett of Chester, South Carolina.

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
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Strawberry Cream Tarts

Strawberry Cream Tarts

Strawberry Cream Tarts

Dainty tarts filled with custard and fruit are fantastic for brunch. The recipe comes from our Test Kitchen. For a prettier presentation, remove the foil tins before serving. To do so, invert each shell when cool and carefully remove the foil.

Heavenly Blueberry Tart

Heavenly Blueberry Tart

Heavenly Blueberry Tart

Mmmm—this tart is bursting with the fresh flavor of blueberries! "Not only do I bake the berries with the crust," describes Lyin Schramm of Berwick, Maine, "but after I take the tart out of the oven, I top it with just-picked fruit."

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

Cherry Crunch Ice Cream

Cherry Crunch Ice Cream

Cherry Crunch Ice Cream

I received this wonderful recipe many years ago from a friend. The creamy custard-style ice cream has a mild cherry flavor with a fun oat crunch. It takes some time to make, but it's worth the extra effort! -Dorothy Koshinski, Decatur, Illinois

Whole Wheat Strawberry Shortcakes

Whole Wheat Strawberry Shortcakes

Whole Wheat Strawberry Shortcakes

Nothing says spring better than a fresh strawberry shortcake. Heaven. My mother and I usually make this with strawberries we picked ourselves. —Sarah Hatter, Brodhead, Wisconsin

Cupcake Cookie Pops

Cupcake Cookie Pops

Cupcake Cookie Pops

Take sugar cookie dough to a whole new level. Using purchased refrigerated dough allows more time for the fun stuff — decorating! For accompanying recipes and decorating tips visit Spring Has Sprung. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Chocolate Nut Brownies

Chocolate Nut Brownies

Chocolate Nut Brownies

"THESE BROWNIES were enjoyed by everyone at our family's Fourth of July picnic. Mama always said that they didn't need frosting because they were the richest brownies around! I think she was right.

Stars and Stripes Parfaits

Stars and Stripes Parfaits

Stars and Stripes Parfaits

From Big Rock, Virginia, Mrs. Fred Stacy suggests, "Bright berries make this rice pudding perfectly patriotic."
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