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Memorial Day Desserts

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

Banana Boats

Banana Boats

Banana Boats

This recipe, given to me years ago by a good friend, is a favorite with my family when we go camping. It's quick, fun to make and scrumptious! —Brenda Loveless, Garland, Texas

July Fourth Angel Food Cake

July Fourth Angel Food Cake

July Fourth Angel Food Cake

Beat the summer heat with this light and refreshing dessert. No one will be able to resist sweet raspberries and blueberries atop moist angel food cake.

Fast Fudge Sundaes

Fast Fudge Sundaes

Fast Fudge Sundaes

For big chocolate taste, Sue Gronholz of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin treats her family to this thick ice cream topping. "It's a snap to make the fudgy sauce," she writes. "And we like it better than the store-bought kind!"
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Homemade Cherry Crisp

Homemade Cherry Crisp

Homemade Cherry Crisp

"Our family loves this pretty, tasty dessert," writes Laurie Todd from Columbus, Mississippi. "It uses convenient pie filling, so you can make it in no time—and it takes just a few minutes to heat in the microwave."

Icy Summer Treats Dessert

Icy Summer Treats Dessert

Icy Summer Treats Dessert

You won't break a sweat fixing these easy chillers! The frozen snack, made from fruity gelatin and powdered soft drink mix, can be whipped up in no time, according to Darlene Brenden of Salem, Oregon. "Youngsters just love them. I know ours did when they were little," she adds. "And though the kids are grown, they still request the treats when they visit."

Sweet Stars Cake

Sweet Stars Cake

Sweet Stars Cake

TO TOP OFF your birthday bash just right, be sure to serve this star-studded confection from Flo. Creating it is a simple task. "All you need for the cake are a boxed mix and a can of frosting," she details. Even the colorful stars draped over it are a cinch. "You cut them from fruit snacks, using a cookie cutter," says Flo. (In fact, our kitchen crafters point out that this idea can be modified for all sorts of occasions just by making different shapes to suit, such as Valentine's hearts or Halloween pumpkins.

Fancy Fuss-Free Torte

Fancy Fuss-Free Torte

Fancy Fuss-Free Torte

Thanks to frozen pound cake and a can of pie filling, this torte's easy to make. If layers slide, keep them in place with toothpicks around the edges as you build. Just remove before serving. —Joan Causey, Greenwood, Arkansas

Patriotic Frozen Delight

Patriotic Frozen Delight

Patriotic Frozen Delight

My husband and I pick lots of fruit at berry farms in the area and freeze it to enjoy all year long. This frozen dessert showcases both blueberries and strawberries and has a refreshing lemon flavor. —Bernice Russ, Bladenboro, North Carolina

Shortcake Squares

Shortcake Squares

Shortcake Squares

"Homemade goodness abounds in this recipe from my aunt," writes Pat Walter of Pine Island, Minnesota. "And there isn't any need to shape individual cakes—just cut squares out of the pan and top them with fruit."

Grilled Peaches & Pound Cake

Grilled Peaches & Pound Cake

Grilled Peaches & Pound Cake

Brush up on grilling dessert with fresh peaches and pound cake. Store-bought cake makes it quick to prepare, and the caramelized flavor will make it disappear fast! —Joy Pendley, Ortonville, Michigan

Key Lime Ice Cream in Meringue Shells

Key Lime Ice Cream in Meringue Shells

Key Lime Ice Cream in Meringue Shells

I love ice cream and this fabulous dessert features a tart lime ice cream in a crunchy meringue shell with yummy fruit to top it off.—Sue Pittman, Burnsville, North Carolina
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