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18 Memorial Day Desserts to Kick Off Summer Right!

Memorial Day is one of those happy days in our country that I really love and appreciate. We all take a moment to remember those who bravely defend the wonderful country in which we live. We come together as family and friends to reconnect and kick off summer. And, we eat!

The dessert at your Memorial Day feast can really set the tone for the day, both through fresh summer flavors and patriotic colors. There is lots of fun to be had planning your Memorial Day desserts! Whether you’re hosting this year’s Memorial Day feast or visiting someone else’s home, these Memorial Day desserts will be sure to impress!

  • 18 Memorial Day Desserts 1 of 19
    18 memorial day desserts

    These recipes are festive and summery, helping to make your Memorial Day celebrations memorable and delicious!

  • Red, White and Blue Nutella Napoleons 2 of 19
    nutella napoleon recipe

    These napoleons are beautiful and look fancy but are actually quick and simple to throw together. With the strawberries, blueberries and white whipped cream, you'll get everyone in a patriotic mood to boot!

    Make Red, White and Blue Nutella Napoleons

  • Pineapple Right-Side-Up Cake 3 of 19
    pineapple right-side-up cake

    The grill and Memorial Day are perfect companions, and the grill works great for dessert as well as dinner! This spin on an old classic is light and fresh, perfect for summer!

    Make Pineapple Right-Side-Up Cake

  • Strawberry Shortcake Popsicles 4 of 19
    strawberry shortcake popsicles

    Strawberry shortcake and popsicles practically scream summer. Combine the two and POW! Summer is here!

    Make Strawberry Shortcake Popsicles

  • Lemon Drop Cookies 5 of 19
    lemon drop cookie recipe

    These lemon drop cookies make for a light, summery dessert that can feed a crowd!

    Make Lemon Drop Cookies

  • Red, White and Blue Stuffed Strawberries 6 of 19
    stuffed strawberry recipe

    Strawberries stuffed with mascarpone cheese? Yes, please! Throw a blueberry on top and you have a quick, patriotic dessert to please your party!

    Make Red, White and Blue Stuffed Strawberries

  • Strawberry Banana Nutella Shortcake 7 of 19
    strawberry banana nutella shortcake

    Sure strawberry shortcake is summery and delicious, but throw in some nutella and strawberries and it's even better!

    Make Strawberry Banana Nutella Shortcake

  • Red, White and Blue Cake in a Jar 8 of 19
    patriotic cake in a jar

    Jarred desserts are always festive for a BBQ or picnic, but this red, white and blue cake is especially perfect for Memorial Day weekend festivities!

    Make Red, White and Blue Cake in a Jar

  • Herb-Infused Lemonade Popsicles 9 of 19
    herb-infused lemonade popsicles

    Lemonade and popsicles are summertime favorites. Combined together with herbs you have a beautiful, refershing, grown-up spin on a classic!

    Make Herb-Infused Lemonade Popsicles

  • Strawberry-Rhubarb Eton Mess 10 of 19
    strawberry rhubarb eton mess

    This gluten-free beauty is a great outdoor dessert...sort of like all the delicious guts of a strawberry-rhubarb pie thrown in a cup or bowl, without the stress of making pie crust!

    Make Strawberry-Rhubarb Eton Mess

  • Easy Strawberry Tart 11 of 19
    easy strawberry tart recipe

    This classic tart topped with summery strawberries is a great way to kick off summer.

    Make Easy Strawberry Tart

  • Red, White and Blue Pudding Parfait 12 of 19
    patriotic pudding parfait

    All I want to do is grab a spoon and get digging! This cool treat is packed with patriotic berries and pure yumminess!

    Make Red, White and Blue Pudding Parfait

  • Chocolate Toffee Bark 13 of 19
    chocolate toffee bark

    With the right colored M&Ms, this toffee bark is festive and fun and easy to make with the kids!

    Make Patriotic Chocolate Toffee Bark

  • Red, White and Blueberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake 14 of 19
    blueberry cream cheese pound cake

    Throw some raspberries and blueberries into this creamy pound cake for some festive fun!

    Make Red, White and Blueberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake

  • Blood Orange Creamsicles 15 of 19
    homemade blood orange creamsicles

    I looooooved creamsicles as a kid and they hold a special place in my summer childhood memories. These blood orange creamsicles make me want to jump right back into those summers of long ago!

    Make Blood Orange Creamsicles

  • Nectarine Blackberry Crisp 16 of 19
    nectarine blackberry crisp

    This beautiful fruit crisp is perfect for a party and is filled with fruity, summery flavor.

    Make Nectarine Blackberry Crisp

  • Ruby Razz Crunch 17 of 19
    raspberry rhubarb crisp

    Sure, strawberries and rhubarb make a great summer pair, but what about raspberries and rhubarb? Bring it on!

    Make Ruby Razz Crunch

  • Patriotic Krispy Star Pops 18 of 19
    patriotic rice krispy treats

    Looking to make a patriotic statement? These Krispy Stars will do it for you! Plus the kids will gobble them up!

    Make Patriotic Krispy Star Pops

  • Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble in a Jar 19 of 19
    strawberry rhubarb crumble

    These mini strawberry rhubarb crumbles are cute and great for serving at Memorial Day parties!

    Make Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

Read more from Jane at This Week for DinnerKitchen Tunage and The Spoiler Alert. For more updates, follow Jane on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest!

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