30 Easy Memorial Day Dessert Recipes

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Easy Memorial Day dessert recipes focus on the red, white, and blue with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and dollops of Cool Whip or festive sprinkles. These delicious dessert ideas make the perfect treat for the whole family.

A photo collage shows 4 red, white, and blue desserts for Memorial Day.

The perfect ending to your Memorial Day cookout is sure to be one of these pretty red, white, and blue summery desserts.

Easy cakes, fruit pies and cobblers, and home baked treats topped with fresh berries: these easy Memorial Day dessert recipes will take your party to the next level!

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

The absolute easiest ice cream dessert for your Memorial Day bash is this easy ice cream sandwich cake made with whipped topping, caramel sauce, and hot fudge.

Top it with festive red, white, and blue sparkly sprinkles for the perfect finishing touch.

Easy Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
This easy peasy ice cream sandwich dessert is the perfect ice cream cake for a backyard party. 
5 from 38 votes
A metal pan has an ice cream cake with red and white sprinkles over the top. A slice is missing so you can see the layers of ice cream sandwiches inside.

Classic Strawberry Shortcake

Bake a quick batch of this classic strawberry shortcake in under 20 minutes and simply serve them piled up on a pretty platter next to a big bowl of fresh sliced strawberries tossed in sugar.

Set out tubs of Cool Whip or cans of whipped cream and let everyone assemble their own dessert!

Classic Strawberry Shortcake
This classic strawberry shortcake is just like the one grandma used to bake. A slightly sweetened shortcake biscuit is filled with fresh strawberries and sugar and topped with whipped cream. An essential summer dessert during strawberry season!
5 from 1 vote
A classic strawberry shortcake has been split in half with fresh berries and whipped cream.

Angel Food Cake with Strawberries & Blueberries

If you want a lighter version of my strawberry shortcakes with their biscuit-like cake, bake a simple angel food cake mix in a 9 x 13-inch pan and serve it with fresh strawberries, a drizzle of homemade strawberry sauce, and whipped cream.

Add a sprinkle of fresh blueberries and you've got a red, white, and blue dessert in a pinch!

Strawberry Sauce
Easy strawberry sauce for cheesecake, pancakes, ice cream, and more! This delicious fresh strawberry recipe is the perfect way to use up the sweet berries of the season. Freeze a batch so you can use it all year long.
5 from 2 votes
A pitcher of strawberry sauce sits on a plate next to fresh strawberries.

American Flag Cake

My classic almond cake with almond icing is baked in a large baking sheet and would be the perfect surface for a strawberry and blueberry American flag cake for the holiday.

Or keep things easy and just make a strawberry and blueberry fruit salad and let guests spoon a dollop over the plain cake if they want. The elegant white frosting is beautiful all by itself, too.

Almond Cake
This old fashioned almond sheet cake has a delicious fluffy almond icing. Serve it with fresh raspberries, strawberries, or blueberries for a quick and easy dessert in under 30 minutes.
5 from 38 votes
A square of almond cake with white almond icing is on a blue plate and topped with fresh strawberries. A fork is taking a bite.

Old Fashioned Blueberry Cobbler

When it comes to patriotic holidays, I think classic desserts are always a hit. My old fashioned blueberry cobbler is the kind your grandma probably made back in the day.

Serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and for a festive touch you could sprinkle chopped red strawberries over the top.

Old Fashioned Blueberry Cobbler
This old fashioned blueberry cobbler is just like grandma used to make. Fresh blueberry filling is topped with a buttery cake-like topping and baked. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream for a classic summertime dessert.
5 from 1 vote
A white dish has the blueberry cobbler with golden brown topping ready to eat. A spoon is about to dig in.

Firecracker Ice Pops

Frozen strawberry and blueberry yogurt pops are a fun and chilly treat that just scream summer to me.

These adorable Firecracker ice pops just take a few minutes to prep and can be made ahead days in advance.

Sweet Firecracker Popsicles
These homemade popsicles feature fresh berries and yogurt. The adorable red, white, and blue colors are perfect for a 4th of July treat for the kids.
5 from 1 vote
Red, white, and blue firecracker popsicles are stacked on a plate. They have a green plastic handle.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Tart

With a few more minutes, you could make my homemade strawberry cream cheese tart with a thick shortbread cookie crust, creamy filling, and fresh berries laid over the top.

Prep this ahead earlier in the day and serve it chilled.

Red White and Blue Strawberry Tart
This festive fresh fruit tart is picture perfect for a patriotic summer holiday! Fresh strawberries and blueberries from the farmer's market tops a sweet and creamy custard base in a cookie crust.
4.50 from 4 votes
A blue plate with a strawberry tart featuring a cookie crust, creamy filling, and fresh summer berries in a red and blue pattern on the top.

Strawberry Cream Pie

Make ahead strawberry cream pie could easily be garnished with fresh blueberries for an extra festive flair:

Strawberry Cream Pie
Sweet strawberry cream pie is an easy no bake dessert that uses fresh strawberries and cream cheese. The longer chill time makes this an amazing make ahead dessert to serve at a party.
5 from 38 votes
The no bake strawberry pie has a graham cracker crust and fresh strawberries on top. It is in a clear pie plate so you can see the crust.

Cherry Delight Dessert

Make ahead cherry delight dessert would be extra cute with a dollop of whipped cream and a scattering of fresh blueberries over the top.

Cherry Delight Dessert
This old fashioned cherry delight recipe is the perfect party dessert to bring to a potluck. Buttery graham cracker crust is topped with a cool and creamy cream cheese layer and topped with a pretty red cherry pie filling.
5 from 52 votes
A layered cherry delight dessert slice on a white plate. You can see layers of graham cracker crust, cream cheese filling, and cherry pie filling on top with a dollop of whipped cream.

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Bake a quick batch of red velvet cupcakes from a box mix! No one will know they were from a prepared mix when you frost them with my easy cream cheese frosting.

Top them with an elegant whole strawberry or decorate some with a strawberry and some with a cluster of blueberries.

Or grab a container of red, white, and blue sprinkles for dusting the tops.

Easy Cream Cheese Frosting
This easy cream cheese frosting is the perfect dessert topping for everything from chocolate cake, carrot cake, cupcakes, brownies, bars, tarts, and more!
5 from 46 votes
Vanilla cupcakes have been topped with a swirl of cream cheese frosting and sit on a cake plate. There's a frosting piping bag on the counter in front.

Red White and Blue Cheesecake

Grab a huge vanilla cheesecake from Costco or your grocery store and then plan to make my stunning triple berry sauce made from strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries.

Garnish with more fresh berries and a dollop of Cool Whip or whipped cream.

Triple Berry Sauce
This simple triple berry sauce is so easy to make using fresh or frozen blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries. Drizzle it over cheesecake or your favorite dessert.
4.48 from 21 votes
A slice of plain cheesecake has fresh strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries sprinkled over the top and on the table. A drizzle of dark purple triple berry sauce is dripping down from the top. A pitcher of sauce is nearby.

Banana Splits or Ice Cream Sundae Bar

This classic American dessert is such an easy recipe for the unofficial start of summer.

Serve a scoop of vanilla ice cream alongside any of these delicious ice cream toppings to make one of twenty different ice cream sundae ideas.

20 Ice Cream Sundae Recipes
Buy a huge tub of vanilla ice cream and then load up a sundae bar with these fresh toppings for friends to mix and match their own custom sundaes.
A muffin tin is filled with all different sundae bar toppings including chopped nuts, brownies, cherries, cookies, and fresh mint.

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Banana Pudding

Shhh. My banana pudding doesn't have any bananas. Instead, you could easily layer in fresh strawberries and/or blueberries for a fun variation on this classic potluck dessert. Or keep it plain like I did, SO delicious.

Banana Pudding {No Bananas}
Buy a huge tub of vanilla ice cream and then load up a sundae bar with these fresh toppings for friends to mix and match their own custom sundaes.
4.91 from 53 votes
A slice of banana pudding sits on a stack of white plates. You can see that there are no bananas in the layers.

Red, White, and Blue Trifle Dessert

You can make a great dessert for your Memorial Day picnic in just minutes by layering cubes of prepared pound cake or angel food cake with Cool Whip and my easy roasted cherries with sauce. Sprinkle a few fresh blueberries or blackberries in for a dash of the blue!

Roasted Cherries
This easy roasted cherries recipe can be made sweet for desserts or savory for spooning over chicken or pork. It is a great way to use up fresh cherries during the season.
5 from 3 votes
Roasted cherries in a baking dish.

Strawberry Poke Cake

Another super easy dessert idea is to make a chilled strawberry poke cake with fresh kiwis for garnish on the top.

A simple angel food cake made with egg whites is baked and then poked and filled with strawberry Jell-o. Frosted with whipped topping and chilled, it is a delicious make ahead dessert.

Strawberry Kiwi Cake
Cool and refreshing, this fruity poke cake features Jell-o and a whipped topping and is perfectly delicious straight out of the fridge.
5 from 1 vote
A square slice of strawberry kiwi cake shows the red Jello poke stripes, fluffy whipped topping, and has two thin slices of fresh kiwi on top for garnish.

Cherry Pie

While blueberry pie is a classic Memorial Day dessert, I actually prefer a classic cherry pie with buttery pie crust cut-outs on the top.

My easy cherry pie is made with fresh or frozen cherries and can be baked ahead and served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Cherry Slab Pie
A simple way to feed a crowd, this delicious cherry slab pie can be baked with frozen cherries or fresh cherries during the peak of the season.
4.93 from 57 votes
A cherry slab pie sits in a metal baking pan and has heart-shaped cut outs for the top crust.

Red White and Blue Sugar Cookies

Extra pretty red, white, and blue sugar cookies don't need fancy cookie decorating skills.

Simply stick to the American flags color palette with easy polka dots or stripes. Get plenty of inspiration from these 4th of July sugar cookies.

Easy 4th of July Sugar Cookies Design Ideas
Easy 2 - 3 color designs for a red white and blue party.

Cherry Crisp

While blueberry cobbler comes to mind when I think of summery desserts, it is my famous cherry crisp that truly takes the cake.

Top this easy dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or look for an almond flavored ice cream to truly highlight the cherry filling.

Fresh Cherry Crisp
This delicious fresh cherry crisp is the perfect way to use up everyone's favorite summer berry. The buttery crispy topping is wonderful with the sweet, syrupy filling. Serve hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
4.98 from 48 votes
A white bowl of fresh cherry crisp shows the juicy filling and golden brown crumble topping.

Crescent Roll Cheesecake Bars

My cinnamon topped crescent roll cheesecake bars taste just like a churro but could be even more delicious if you layer in some cherry or blueberry pie filling for a festive holiday touch.

Crescent Roll Cheesecake Bars
Layers of flaky crescent rolls surround a creamy cheesecake filling topped with a crispy cinnamon sugar coating. This easy dessert tastes like two treats in one: a delicious rich and creamy cheesecake and a crispy cinnamon churro!
4.98 from 37 votes
Two churro cheesecake bars are stacked on a blue and white plate in front of the baking dish of treats.

Fruit Salad

Keep things easy peasy and just set out a large tray of fresh fruits with a bowl of this sweet strawberry cheesecake dip for dunking!

Strawberry Cheesecake Dip with Cookie Crumble Topping
This easy strawberry cheesecake dip is made from cream cheese and marshmallow fluff but has a delicious cookie crumble topping that tastes amazing when you dip fresh fruit into it!
5 from 1 vote
A heart shaped dish of strawberry cheesecake dip has cookie crumbles on top and is surrounded by fresh strawberries for dunking.

Rice Krispie Treats

While I think my mini Trix krispie treats are so bright and colorful, you may prefer a more classic white Krispie treat with red, white, and blue sprinkles dusted over the top before they set.

Mini Trix Rice Krispie Treats
Use the new Trix Minis cereal to make these adorable rice krispie treats style dessert. The rainbow fruity cereal pieces make a colorful marshmallow treat that is easy for kids to make on their own. This is a perfect lunchbox treat or could be used as a fun St. Patrick's Day dessert for kids!
4.94 from 49 votes
A cake plate has several squares of cereal bars in rainbow colors with mini marshmallows scattered about.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Buy a big tub of vanilla ice cream and then make homemade ice cream sandwiches with chocolate chip walnut cookies! You could get extra fancy and roll them in red, white, and blue sprinkles and freeze them in advance.

Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies
These amazing chocolate chip walnut cookies are based on the DoubleTree cookie recipe and can be prepped for making a small batch of chocolate chip cookies direct from the freezer.
5 from 43 votes
Baked chocolate chip walnut cookies with chocolate chips sprinkled over the top.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

These delicious chocolate peanut butter chip cookies are my husband's favorite and would taste amazing with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Or just keep it easy and serve them on a pretty cookie platter with fresh berries.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies
This chewy chocolate cookies are filled with creamy peanut butter chips. They freeze well if you want to store some for later.
5 from 1 vote
A stack of chocolate peanut butter chip cookies with one cookie in the front broken in half to show the inside.

Homemade Ice Cream

If you're going to try your hand at making homemade ice cream, I suggest this amazing cherry chocolate chip ice cream.

You could make it with regular chocolate chips or swap it for white chocolate chips if you prefer.

Roasted Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
This sweet and creamy cherry ice cream is studded with roasted almonds and chocolate chips.
5 from 1 vote
A blue bowl holds a scoop of homemade cherry chocolate chip ice cream which is pale pink with fresh cherries peeking out.

Strawberry Pretzel Pie

One of my favorite desserts for backyard bbqs is this strawberry pretzel pie with cream cheese filling.

You could top it with whipped cream or serve it with even more fresh berries over the top.

Strawberry Jello Pretzel Dessert
Cool and creamy strawberry pretzel salad is the classic summer torte you've had at many church potlucks and backyard parties. Made with a salty pretzel crust and topped with a sweet layer of cream cheese and refreshing strawberry flavored Jell-O and fresh strawberries, this dessert is always a hit at a picnic.
4.67 from 6 votes
A 9x13-inch pan has finished strawberry pretzel salad for serving, a plate with a single slice and a fork is in front.

Strawberry Lemonade Cake

My daughter and I think that this pink lemonade cake tastes even better when served chilled from the fridge.

There's real lemonade in the pink frosting and in the cake and it is such a refreshing dessert that will surely satisfy your sweet tooth.

Strawberry Lemonade Cake
This perfectly portable 9x13 pink lemonade cake is an awesome potluck party dessert. Bright and tart, it is delicious straight out of the fridge ice cold but can be served at room temperature, too.
5 from 1 vote
A square slice of strawberry lemonade sheet cake with a fork taking a bite. The frosting is pale pink with little pastel sprinkles.

Lemon Icebox Pie

This classic lemon torte could be decorated to look just like the American flag with berries on the top or you could keep it classy with a simple lemon twist.

Light and Lemony Torte
This light no-bake lemon torte recipe is perfect for warm weather entertaining. Easily adjustable for sugar-free or traditional sugar use to accommodate your guests.
5 from 1 vote
A slice of layered lemon torte sits on a blue plate. You can see the yellow lemon layer, a white whipped topping layer, and the graham cracker crust. A twirled slice of lemon sits on top for garnish.

More Party Ideas

Plan the Ultimate Memorial Day cookout with these easy recipes and party planning ideas:

A photo collage shows 5 different red, white, and blue desserts for Memorial Day that use strawberries and blueberries and Cool Whip.


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