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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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Five-Star Brownies

Five-Star Brownies

Five-Star Brownies

There's a bit of my state's history behind these brownies' name and shape. In 1990, when I entered them at our state fair, Kansas was celebrating the 100th birthday of a famous native son, Dwight Eisenhower. In fact, that occasion was the theme of the fair. So I renamed my brownies, in honor of the rank he'd achieved as a general and cut them out with a star cookie cutter. They ended up winning a blue ribbon! —Pam Buerki Rogers, Victoria, Kansas

Ozark Mountain Berry Pie

Ozark Mountain Berry Pie

Ozark Mountain Berry Pie

I think the best berries in the world are grown in the Ozarks. We own a small berry farm, and this is one of my favorite recipes. It's delicious served warm. —Elaine Moody, Clever, Missouri

Banana Split Icebox Cake

Banana Split Icebox Cake

Banana Split Icebox Cake

One day a friend showed me how to make a traditional icebox cake with just cream and graham crackers. I make it extra special with the fruit. Now everyone at your potluck can have a banana split, no muss, no fuss! —Shelly Flye, Albion, Maine
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Key Lime Mousse Cups

Key Lime Mousse Cups

Key Lime Mousse Cups

Light, lovely and laced with a splash of tart key lime juice, these fancy little phyllo cups are so refreshing served as an after-dinner dessert treat...and they take just minutes to whip up! —Suzanne Pauley, Renton, Washington

Red, White and Blue Dessert

Red, White and Blue Dessert

Red, White and Blue Dessert

I changed a recipe I found and ended up with this rich, fresh-tasting dessert. Decorated to resemble a flag, it's perfect for the Fourth of July or any other patriotic occasion. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Angel Strawberry Dessert

Angel Strawberry Dessert

Angel Strawberry Dessert

This is a wonderful treat when fresh strawberries are readily available. Every time I make this pretty dessert, someone asks for the recipe. —Theresa Mathis, Tucker, Georgia

Strawberries & Cream Pie

Strawberries & Cream Pie

Strawberries & Cream Pie

Every time I take this strawberry pie to a family dinner, church event or anything else, it disappears quickly. I've even started taking the recipe with me because I'm always asked for it. —Angela Moore, Tollesboro, Kentucky

Peach Blueberry Pie

Peach Blueberry Pie

Peach Blueberry Pie

"What a flavor!" That's what I hear most often after folks try this pie I invented one day when I didn't have enough peaches to fill the crust. —Sue Thumma, Shepherd, Michigan

Makeover Peanut Butter Bars

Makeover Peanut Butter Bars

Makeover Peanut Butter Bars

Lighter in calories and fat, these ooey-gooey peanut butter bars are still family favorites. Try them and you'll see why! —Lori Stevens, Riverton, Utah

Calgary Nanaimo Bars

Calgary Nanaimo Bars

Calgary Nanaimo Bars

This version may claim roots in Alberta, but the original was said to be dreamed up in a Nanaimo, British Columbia kitchen. They're three delicious layers of Canadian goodness. —Carol Hillier, Calgary, Alberta

Cheesecake Strawberry Trifle

Cheesecake Strawberry Trifle

Cheesecake Strawberry Trifle

The only drawback to this lovely dessert is that there's never any left over. For a patriotic look, replace one of the layers of strawberry pie filling with blueberry...or use whatever filling you prefer. —Lori Thorp, Frazee, Minnesota
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