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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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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

Lemon-Berry Shortcake

Lemon-Berry Shortcake

Lemon-Berry Shortcake

This simple lemon shortcake is tender and not overly sweet. Enjoy this summertime classic with a generous layer of whipped topping and berries. —Meryl Herr, Overland Park, Kansas

Raspberry Patch Cream Pie

Raspberry Patch Cream Pie

Raspberry Patch Cream Pie

Our family loves raspberries, and this pie keeps the flavor and firmness of the berries intact. The combination of the berry-gelatin and cream cheese layers keeps everyone coming back for seconds. —Allison Anderson Raymond, Washington
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Strawberries and Champagne Cheesecake

Strawberries and Champagne Cheesecake

Strawberries and Champagne Cheesecake

I bake from scratch because I believe that love—and sweetened condensed milk—are the best ingredients. —Kathryn Work, Louisville, Kentucky

Banana Cheesecake Dessert

Banana Cheesecake Dessert

Banana Cheesecake Dessert

Jessica Simerly uses convenience items to create this layered crowd-pleaser that features cheesecake, bananas, and chocolate and caramel sauces. "Once you serve this, you'll be asked to prepare it time and again," promises the New Castle, Indiana reader.

Red, White and Blue Berry Pie

Red, White and Blue Berry Pie

Red, White and Blue Berry Pie

To me, this colorful pie is the epitome of summer. Bright blueberries and raspberries sandwich a cream cheese layer in the pie that’s quite festive. I can’t imagine a holiday party without this tasty treat! —Cindy Zarnstorff, Anchorage, Alaska

Summer Dessert Pizza

Summer Dessert Pizza

Summer Dessert Pizza

My family enjoys this dessert anytime of the year, but it's especially refreshing during the hot months. You can use whatever fruits are in season. —Ida Ruth Wenger, Harrisonburg, Virginia

Blueberry Pie with Graham Cracker Crust

Blueberry Pie with Graham Cracker Crust

Blueberry Pie with Graham Cracker Crust

We live in blueberry country, and this pie is a perfect way to showcase the luscious berries. A neighbor first made this for us several years ago. It’s become our iconic summer treat. —Mrs. R. Ricks, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Swedish Raspberry Almond Bars

Swedish Raspberry Almond Bars

Swedish Raspberry Almond Bars

“When I was a single mom with a young daughter and little money, my Swedish neighbor brought me a batch of these cookies at Christmas. My daughter’s 36 now, and I still make these wonderful cookies.” —Marina Castle North Hollywood, California

Bluebarb Pie

Bluebarb Pie

Bluebarb Pie

If you're a fan of strawberry-rhubarb pie, you'll want to try this twist on the classic. Here, blueberries provide the sweet counterpoint to the tart rhubarb, with mouthwatering results. —Steve Gyuro, Franklin, Wisconsin

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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