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Memorial Day Desserts

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

Chocolate Cherry Layer Cake

Chocolate Cherry Layer Cake

Chocolate Cherry Layer Cake

Flo Burtnett of Gage, Oklahoma has a sweet treat to enhance your buffet—a lusciously verssatile layer cake. "I've changed the design on top to a heart for Valentine's, a pumpkin for autumn and a tree for Christmas," she reveals.—Flo Burtnett, Gage, Oklahoma

Cinnamon Stars

Cinnamon Stars

Cinnamon Stars

"These cookies are such a hit with my family," tells Flo Burtnett of another sweet she's sharing (see her cake recipe on page 29). "A few always seem to disappear before I can finish them!" It's no wonder-Flo spreads jam on half of her spicy stars, then tops them with the rest of the batch of cookies, which have been glazed for an extra dose of goodness. "They're nice for any occasion," she says.

Patriotic Dessert

Patriotic Dessert

Patriotic Dessert

I took this patriotic dessert to a luncheon and came home with dozens of requests for the recipe! It was quite a success. People told me it looked as good as it tasted. —Flo Burtnett, Gage, Oklahoma
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Fresh Blueberry Pie

Fresh Blueberry Pie

Fresh Blueberry Pie

As a sweet finale to Father's meal, surprise him with this dessert-it'll remind him of the pies his mother used to make. "He doesn't have to know how simple it is!" says Nellie VanSickle of Silver Bay, New York.

All-American Strawberry Pie

All-American Strawberry Pie

All-American Strawberry Pie

Sweet, red strawberries combined with pretty, tart blueberries, all layered atop a creamy vanilla pudding...that makes a red-white-and-blue pie that my grandmother would serve every Fourth of July!

Ice Cream Supreme

Ice Cream Supreme

Ice Cream Supreme

Summers here in Maine are too short to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so we're always looking for simple, quick recipes to make. This fast dessert fits our family of ice cream lovers fine!

Chocolate Chip Pie

Chocolate Chip Pie

Chocolate Chip Pie

Comments field editor Ellen Benninger of Greenville, Pennsylvania, "This dessert delights chocolate lovers and carries very well to a picnic."

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."

Cool and Creamy Raspberry Delight

Cool and Creamy Raspberry Delight

Cool and Creamy Raspberry Delight

I knew this cool, fruit and creamy dessert was a winner the first time I tasted it. I confirmed that fact a few summers ago when I entered the recipe in a contest at work—it won first place. Co-workers still call to request it. — Mary Olson, Albany, Oregon

County Fair Cherry Pie

County Fair Cherry Pie

County Fair Cherry Pie

This cherry pie is so easy! I'm a teacher and a Navy wife, so simplicity and quickness are both mealtime musts at our house. —Claudia Youmans, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Firecracker Cakes

Firecracker Cakes

Firecracker Cakes

Seeing all the ideas readers shared for this feature lit up our home economists' imaginations—and this appropriately bright dessert, made from rolled sponge cake, is the result!
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