Memorial day is a day we can all look forward to gathering together and enjoying some tasty food.
Whilst you may already have the savory foods sorted out, we’re thinking plenty of burgers, hot dogs, and grilled seafood, you may not have yet taken the time to think about the desserts.
Like many of us, dessert is the best part of the meal, so it’s important to cater to all of your sweet toothed guests.
If you’re at a bit of a loss for what to make this year, don’t worry, because we’ve got you covered. Simply keep reading below as we take a look at some super delicious Memorial Day dessert recipes to try this year.
What better way to celebrate Memorial Day than by going the extra mile and making these delicious little pastries. These individual pies have red, white, and blue colors incorporated.
The red from the strawberries, the blue from the blueberries, and the white from the ice cream. Your guests will really appreciate the effort you’ve put into these.
Another gorgeous themed dessert that is both aesthetically pleasing to look at, as well as being super delicious to eat.
This dessert is great to make just in case your guests don’t feel like eating something too heavy after all of the meat. It’s light, fluffy, sweet, and tasty. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to make.
Calling all chocolate lovers out there, we’ve got the recipe for you! Who doesn’t love a creamy, gooey, chocolatey option for dessert.
This recipe has lots of marshmallow whipped cream, which is denser than regular cream, ensuring that it can stand being prepared earlier and whipped out later on for the party.
This one is also great for those who love peanut butter cups, as it has that signature taste.
These ice pops are so beautiful to look at, white in color, and filled with blueberries and raspberries. These are incredibly simple to make, and will keep the kids happy too.
These are also great for when you’re all relaxing in the garden and beginning to feel the effects of the sun. So refreshing!
Cobbler is the one dessert that absolutely everybody loves. If you choose to make this recipe, you’ll have some very happy guests on your hands. With lots of juicy peaches, and tangy blueberries, they are really a match made in heaven.
Nothing says summer like cobbler. Make sure that you serve this one with some vanilla ice cream for maximum deliciousness.
We all love a pineapple upside down cake, but this recipe takes the dessert to a whole new level.
The fluffiness of the sponge is perfectly complemented by the creamy cheesecake layer, which gives it the perfect texture. Your guests will love your variation of this classic cake.
Red velvet cake is one of those desserts that takes a while to perfect. Perhaps you’ve been making this cake for years, but feel as though you haven’t quite got it to the standard you’d like yet.
This recipe will tell you how to make a show stopping red velvet cake. One of the secrets outlined in the recipe is using more cocoa powder than usual, which gives it a deeper and richer flavor.
Who can resist a delicious, gooey s’more? Not us! This recipe shows you how to make everyone’s favorite childhood snack into cupcakes.
It still has the melted chocolate and marshmallows, along with the graham crackers, but with a delicious soft sponge underneath. Yummy!
If you’re looking to make something simple this Memorial Day, then this strawberry tart recipe is perfect. With very little hassle in the making process, it uses a no chill pie crust that makes this tart an absolute dream to make.
The filling is super simple and tasty too, a combination of lemon and cream cheese, that really makes the strawberries on top stand out.
10. Patriotic Pizzas
Although the title of this one may seem a tad strange at first glance, this recipe is really a great way to showcase your patriotism in an aesthetically pleasing way.
It uses a tender crust, which is slathered with plenty of cream cheese, then decorated beautifully with chunks of fruit. Your guests will be blown away by this design!
If you want to keep it simple this year, or you feel like showcasing a few different dessert options, then these little patriotic cupcakes will be perfect for such an occasion.
A plain cupcake recipe that is super moist, which has been topped by a gorgeous buttercream icing that can be colored blue if desired. Simply purchase some little flags to complete the look.
Many of you reading this will have eaten apple pie over a hundred times, it’s a dish that is classically American in all of the best possible ways.
You may, however, not have tried this apple and cheddar combination. If you’re dubious about this recipe, let us reassure you that it works! The combination is the perfect blend of sweet and savory.
This tiramisu has been turned from an Italian classic to an all American dessert.
With bright red raspberries and orange liqueur added into the mix, it’s so incredibly tangy, and makes the perfect refreshing dessert after some meat heavy dishes. Topped with a layer of fresh cream, it’s truly luxurious.
The lime zest in this dessert makes it a truly refreshing dessert option to serve on a hot summer day.
It also makes a huge slab of dessert, so if you’ve got a larger crowd to cater to, consider making this one, as it’s super easy and provides a lot of servings.
This one isn’t necessarily your traditional dessert, per se, but it is great for dishing out as a refreshing snack for you guests in between meals.
We can assure you that they’ll be super grateful for these moist little morsels when the heat is blazing down. These also work great as little additions for your cocktails that you can simply drop in.
These are another one of those desserts that are great for when you’re catering to a larger crowd, and you need lots of little snacks to choose from.
These ice cream sandwiches are perfect for the summer, and have a super cute Memorial Day theme with the white blue and red sprinkles.
These little pots of goodness are incredibly moreish and light. If you don’t have the time to make a large cheesecake this Memorial Day, then these graham desserts are a great alternative.
With layers of ricotta and cream cheese, along with blueberries and graham crackers, they make the perfect little sweet snacks for your guests.
18. Red Star Cookies
Cookies are one of the best ways to showcase a beautiful patriotic design with very little fuss.
All you need is a star shaped cookie cutter and some red icing to make these cookies shine. They have an incredibly sturdy recipe too, so can be prepared before the day and are sure to last well.
Another cheesecake recipe that we absolutely adore, we can tell you that these banana cheesecake bars are absolutely to die for!
They are really easy to make, and all you need to do to set them is to simply put them in the freezer after slicing. Make them the evening before Memorial Day then go ahead and garnish them on the actual day.
Coconut cake is just unbelievably underrated, which is proven each time the guests go wild when this cake is served up.
It’s moist, fluffy, and easy to make, with a light sponge that’s covered in cream, and beautifully decorated with coconut flakes to give it that special added touch.
These cookies are super moist and tasty, with a gorgeous cream cheese filling that makes each bite an absolute pleasure.
You will be dying to get to the center of these sweet treats. Although covering the cream cheese with the cookie dough can prove to be a little messy, it’s all worth it in the end, we promise!
The sweetness of these meringues is perfectly combined with the tanginess of the ooey gooey blueberry sauce that tops them.
Crunchy on the outside, and tender and soft on the inside, these taste so good when topped with whipped fresh cream. Plus, they’re absolutely beautiful to look at.
Lemons and blueberries really are a match made in heaven, aren’t they. This poke cake uses this perfect pair to turn a simple vanilla cake into something beautiful.
It has a cream cheese topped frosting which makes it super luxurious to eat, and the homemade blueberry sauce is absolutely to die for. Everyone will be asking you for this recipe!
Rhubarb is a fruit that is highly underrated, especially considering that it goes so well with berry based fruits such as strawberries.
This recipe shows you how to make the perfect pie dough, that has the perfect combination of moist and crispy. The pink lattice shape showcases the fruit inside beautifully, with gorgeous pink hues poking out.
Cheesecakes are such a delicious dessert that we all love to eat, but let’s face it, they can be incredibly time consuming to make.
If you can’t be bothered with all the hassle of baking your cheesecake, this no bake version is the perfect alternative. It tastes so good that people will think that you spent hours making it.
Some of you reading this might be unsure of what a semifreddo is, and think that it may involve some elaborate recipe that’s super time consuming. But this isn’t the case at all! Semifreddo simply pertains to a dessert that has been semi frozen.
This is actually the perfect recipe for Memorial Day, because you and your guests will be able to enjoy a delicious cake, and wade away the heat at the same time!
Is anything more reminiscent of the glory that is Disney World than Dole Whip?
This one will bring your mind straight back to those gorgeously sunny days spent waiting to go on your favorite ride, and consuming this delicious whip in the meantime.
This recipe shows you how to make this recipe into a cupcake, which we think is even better than the original.
If you are looking for lots of little easy to digest treats for your guests this Memorial Day, then these no bake cheesecake bars are perfect.
With a fluffy and creamy texture, these bars look so aesthetically pleasing, with the gorgeous swirl created by the blackberry sauce. We can’t guarantee that there will be any of these left over!
If you’re not looking for an elaborate dessert to make this year, but want something light and refreshing that your guests can consume later in the day, give this pickled plum recipe a try.
It essentially involves drizzling vanilla ice cream and plums with a touch of vinegar and honey. So simple and tasty.
This dessert is truly impressive to look at, with four layers of oversized cookies towering over one another, with slabs of ice cream placed in between.
All you have to do is bake the cookies into large cylinders, and then choose your favorite ice cream flavors to stack them.
Simply drizzle over some chocolate sauce after you’re done, and you’ve got the perfect dessert on your hands.
Nothing shouts summer like fruit kabobs, and these grilled ones make the perfect appetizers for you to dish out to your guests throughout the day.
Sweet and refreshing, the only thing that you need to turn these into a tasty treat are some honey and olive oil.
Hand them out throughout the barbeque and your guests will thank you for these refreshing treats.
If you’ve been looking for the perfect brownie recipe to make this Memorial Day, then look n further, because this recipe is truly the best.
It uses gorgeously chewy fudge to give it extra texture, as well as adding stout beer to contribute to the rich flavor it exhibits. Your guests won’t be able to get enough of these.
If you’re looking for something a little different to make this Memorial Day that will leave your guests impressed by your innovative culinary skills, then why not give this recipe a try?
It has a crunchy and flavorsome pretzel crust that is topped with lots and lots of cream cheese.
The top layer has some juicy strawberry slices that have been suspended in a sweet and tangy jello. What could be better?
There are so many different dessert options that you can choose from this Memorial Day. Whether you have a large party arriving, or a smaller amount of guests, there is something for you.
You can either opt to make a few larger desserts, some smaller snack based desserts, or a combination of both.
Simply take a look at the list above, and choose your favorites to really “wow” everyone this Memorial Day weekend.
Frequently Asked Questions
Now that we’ve covered our recipe list to give you the best possible Memorial Day, let’s take a look at some frequently asked questions some of you had.
America is well known as one of the countries that produces the best desserts, but what are the best loved desserts in America? We can safely say that the most popular dessert in this country is chocolate chip cookies.
Gooey, chocolatey, and crunchy, chocolate chip cookies just simply can’t be beat. This has been voted the number one dessert in the country.
Some runners up include carrot cake, apple pie, ice cream, brownies, chocolate cake, cheesecake, and jello.
If you are the guest at a Memorial Day party, then you might be wondering what are some of the best foods that you can take along with you.
We suggest that you take some smaller snacks that people can eat alongside the meat dishes being served.
Some things that you could take along include cocktail meatballs, potato skins, sausage balls, potato salad, deviled eggs, guacamole dip, onion dip, and some slices of fruit.
This is, of course, in addition to some of the delicious desserts that we’ve covered above.
If you’re the one who is hosting the Memorial Day barbeque, you may be struggling to think of some ideas regarding how you should decorate.
There are lots of ways that you can liven up your back garden and give it that glorious memorial day theme.
Some ways you could show your patriotism include using a flag patterned tablecloth for your guest to enjoy their food on, you could add some red white and blue bunting to your porch, make a DIY flag with the kids that you can display, style the porch with vintage lanterns, and buy some aptly colored paper plates and napkins. The list is truly endless!
The reason why we celebrate Memorial Day each year can be traced back to the civil war. People built a memorial and partook in a parade, which included the singing of hymns, spiritual readings, songs, and picnicking.
When the civil war finally came to an end, the tradition of placing flowers on soldiers’ graves continued each year, to honor all those who served.
Memorial day is celebrated today each year on the last Monday of May, and it is a time to honor all those who died serving in the US military.
There are many different traditions that people can be observed partaking in each year on Memorial Day.
Many of these revolve around religious services, where hymns and readings take place. It is also tradition to place a wreath at the Tomb of The Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery.
People also take in parades which happen each year, along with placing flags and insignia on the graves of veterans.
You may be wondering what is the most common food that people eat on Memorial Day each year, and you may be surprised to find out that it’s actually not grilled meat!
In fact, it’s quite the opposite. The most common food that people eat at this point in the year is actually juicy and refreshing watermelons.
It is also an incredibly popular choice for Independence day, with sales of the fruit going up by 24 percent compared to any other year.
It is important that if you’re planning on making a barbecue for your guests to dig into this memorial day, that you have plenty of different meat options to go around.
Some favorites include beef burgers, hot dogs, chicken and lamb kabobs, pulled pork, and plenty of shrimp.
In addition to this, make sure that you take care to check if any of your guests are vegetarian.
There’s nothing worse than having a guest arrive that you’re not prepared to cater for. Some great vegetarian options for smoking on the grill include halloumi chunks, as well as some well seasoned tofu.