Gallery: 52 Desserts for Your Labor Day Feast

Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches
Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches

A rich and creamy banana ice cream to smoosh between rich peanut butter and oat cookies.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Lazy Red Velvet Cake
Lazy Red Velvet Cake

A tasty, easy, ultra chocolatey red velvet that's great for summertime outdoor entertaining.

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[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

Blackberry Sour Cream Bundt
Blackberry Sour Cream Bundt

The cake itself is moist and tender, and the lemon zest and the faint tang from the sour cream make worthy partners for blackberries. While many bundt cakes are served with a glaze or frosting, to me, this one at its best served plain with a cup of coffee for a lingering taste of summer.

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[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

Super Crumb Raspberry Almond Crumb Cake
Super Crumb Raspberry Almond Crumb Cake

Crumb lover alert: this ultimate crumb cake boasts a thick layer of not too sweet cinnamon crumb atop a moist raspberry swirl and vanilla cake.

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[Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

Flourless Bitter Lime Coconut Macaroon Cake with White Chocolate Whipped Cream
Flourless Bitter Lime Coconut Macaroon Cake with White Chocolate Whipped Cream

Whole limes give deep lime flavor to this moist coconut and almond cake. Billows of sweet white chocolate whipped cream float on top.

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[Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

Easy Coconut Cupcakes
Easy Coconut Cupcakes

These coconut cupcakes have everything you want: they're easy to mix, they're moist, and with the shiny white coat of icing and fluffy coconut, they look as good as they taste. And the best part? You only need one bowl.

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[Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

Strawberry
Strawberry "Long-Cake"

A wonderfully moist and buttery cake loaded with juicy baked strawberries. It's easy to put together, so before too long you can dig in to a warm slice.

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[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

Easy Funnel Cake
Easy Funnel Cake

At state fairs, funnel cakes are enormous, paper plate-sized affairs made by pouring batter from a funnel in a winding circular pattern over hot oil. This homemade version is simplified by using complete buttermilk pancake mix doctored up with a bit of sugar.

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[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

Best Quick and Easy Strawberry Shortcakes
Best Quick and Easy Strawberry Shortcakes

They easy shortcakes highlight fresh fruit, they require very little oven time, and they look charmingly homemade.

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[Photograph: Carrie Vasios Mullins]

Brandied Cherry Clafoutis
Brandied Cherry Clafoutis

Clafoutis is rustic French custard that's often made with cherries. The problem? Many desserts that use fresh cherries don't have a deep, rich cherry taste. Brandied cherries are the answer: they concentrate the flavors of fresh cherries while adding a boozy kick.

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[Photograph: Carrie Vasios Mullins]

Gluten-Free All Day Lemon Cake With a Choice of 2 Toppings
Gluten-Free All Day Lemon Cake With a Choice of 2 Toppings

Lemon zest in the batter and lemon juice in the glaze add a strong lemon flavor without overpowering the cake. The recipe gives you two choices for toppings: an easy simple-syrup glaze, or a tart lemony icing.

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[Photograph: Elizabeth Barbone]

Mango Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Mango Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

In this twist on the classic upside down cake, the pineapple is put in the batter, which adds extra moisture, texture, and a fruity flavor to the crumb. The top of the cake is sliced mango, which enhances the dish's tropical flavors.

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[Photograph: Carrie Vasios Mullins]

Strawberry Buckle
Strawberry Buckle

Buckles are so-named because the cake portion falls, or buckles, around the fruit during baking. This version pairs strawberries and vanilla in the crumb and adds ginger for a kick in the buttery topping.

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[Photograph: Carrie Vasios Mullins]

Potato Chip Cookies
Potato Chip Cookies

Soft, chewy, melty and gooey chocolate chip cookies get a nice salty crunch from crushed potato chips.

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[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

Iced Lemon Cookies
Iced Lemon Cookies

These cookies are a hybrid of a classic Italian and a classic American treat. They're soft and chewy like a really good sugar cookie, but with more than a hint of pucker from lemon juice, zest, and extract.

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[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

The Ultimate Fudgy Brownies (and Three Variations)
The Ultimate Fudgy Brownies (and Three Variations)

While the ingredient list is slightly longer than your simple back of the Baker's chocolate box brownie, it's worth it—these are no one dimensional brownies. They have a fudgy texture, a full bodied dark chocolate flavor, and crackling top.

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[Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

Golden and Crisp Blueberry Crumble Bars
Golden and Crisp Blueberry Crumble Bars

These blueberry crumb bars are the best of both the cookie and crumble worlds. An easy shortbread cookie base is covered with a layer of sweet blueberries then topped with an extra thick layer of buttery crumbs.

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[Photograph: Carrie Vasios Mullins]

Lime Bars
Lime Bars

The crumbly shortbread base of these bars contrasts well with its tart lime filling, and a handful of toasted dried coconut sprinkled on top ties it all together.

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[Photograph: Emma Kobolakis]

Dark Chocolate Cashew Sea Salt Cookies
Dark Chocolate Cashew Sea Salt Cookies

Cashews add a subtle nutty flavor while still letting the slightly bitter dark chocolate be the star. They also add chew to the already chewy cookies as opposed to breaking up the texture with a hard crunch. Just don't forget the flakey sea salt— it ties together the components and makes these cookies more than the sum of their parts.

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[Photograph: Carrie Vasios Mullins]

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy chocolate chip cookies with crisp edges, a rich, buttery, toffee-like flavor, big chocolate chunks, and a sprinkle of sea salt.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Cherry-Honey Blondies with Marcona Almonds
Cherry-Honey Blondies with Marcona Almonds

These rich blondies are flavored with honey, studded with dried cherries, and topped with salty, crunchy Marcona almonds. They'll satisfy fruit and nut lovers alike.

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[Photograph: Carrie Vasios Mullins]

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cookies With Peanut Butter Chips
Gluten-Free Chocolate Cookies With Peanut Butter Chips

These rich gluten-free treats puff as they bake and then settle as they cool into flat, crisp cookies.

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[Photograph: Elizabeth Barbone]

Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Inspired by the soft yet pliable texture of Chewy Chips Ahoy, these peanut butter cookies strike the ideal balance between dark chocolate chips and chewy cookie.

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[Photograph: Carrie Vasios Mullins]

Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Sherbet
Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Sherbet

In this sherbet, the balsamic and strawberries are up front and center on the initial taste, but it finishes with the tang of buttermilk.

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[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

Blueberry-Lime Ice Cream
Blueberry-Lime Ice Cream

In this ice cream, blueberries are cooked into a rich jam with lime, star anise, and cinnamon, then blended into a custard for an ice cream that tastes like blueberry cobbler, but a lot more interesting.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Sugar Cone Ice Cream
Sugar Cone Ice Cream

For die hard lovers of the ice cream cone, here's an ice cream that tastes just like one. This ice cream bites back when you bite into it, and it's pretty much tailor-made for fans of super-dense, slightly elastic New England-style ice cream.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Soft and Rich Chocolate Frozen Custard
Soft and Rich Chocolate Frozen Custard

This recipe makes rich, soft frozen custard like you'll find at Shake Shack, Kopp's, Culver's, and all sorts of custard shops around the South and Midwest. Chocolate custard goes great with heath bars, brownies, chocolate-covered pretzels in a concrete.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Soft and Rich Vanilla Frozen Custard
Soft and Rich Vanilla Frozen Custard

This dairy-lover's dream is great with sprinkles, jimmies, or whatever you happen to call them. For a vanilla custard concrete, try chopped up M&Ms.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Orange Creamsicle Frozen Yogurt
Orange Creamsicle Frozen Yogurt

The classic creamsicle gets an upgrade with tangy yogurt and a big jolt of orange zest to bolster the fruit's bittersweet citrus edge.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Horchata Ice Cream
Horchata Ice Cream

The Mexican beverage in ice cream form is refreshing, comforting, and especially creamy.This ice cream is especially creamy thanks to the rice starch that infuses into the base. It's worth the effort to seek out canela, Mexican or "true" cinnamon, which has a gentler, fruitier flavor than more common cassia bark.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Easy Chocolate Covered Ice Cream Bon Bons
Easy Chocolate Covered Ice Cream Bon Bons

By making these easy chocolate-dipped ice cream balls at home, you can use your favorite top quality chocolate with your very favorite ice cream.

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[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

Root Beer Sherbet
Root Beer Sherbet

This is root beer plus vanilla ice cream all in one scoop. The bolder your root beer for this sherbet, the better. We're big fans of Barq's; see our root beer taste test for details.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Smoked Honey Mint Chip Ice Cream
Smoked Honey Mint Chip Ice Cream

Smoking heavy cream adds an incredible depth of flavor to frozen desserts like ice cream. It's just the thing to balance out and enhance fresh mint leaves, sweet honey, and dark chocolate.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Carrot Cake Ice Cream Sandwiches
Carrot Cake Ice Cream Sandwiches

This cream cheese semifreddo is so airy from the whipped eggs and so creamy from the cream cheese that it's scoopably soft straight from the freezer, and the carrot cake is so moist that it thaws almost immediately upon removal from the freezer.

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[Photograph: Anna Markow]

Vegan Avocado Lime Ice Cream
Vegan Avocado Lime Ice Cream

Buttery avocadoes brightened with lime make for smooth, creamy, dairy-free ice cream. Check out the rest of our vegan ice cream recipes.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake
No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

Creamy sweetened cream cheese topped with bright red strawberries makes a great early spring dessert. And the best part? It's no-bake. Just press the graham cracker crumbs in the pan, fill, top with berries, and chill.

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[Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

Chocolate Dipped Frozen Bananas
Chocolate Dipped Frozen Bananas

These Bluth-inspired frozen banana popsicles are coated in chocolate and nuts. Arrested Development fan or not, these frozen treats will show you why there's always money in the banana stand.

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[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

Easy Indoor No Bake S'more Bars
Easy Indoor No Bake S'more Bars

Take the campfire inside with these toasty marshmallow treats. Buttery graham crackers and melty marshmallows balanced by deep dark chocolate. Who needs a campfire anyway?

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[Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

No-Bake Chocolate Kahlua Pie
No-Bake Chocolate Kahlua Pie

This creamy, boozy, no-bake chocolate pie is rich with mocha. The filling is a big mound of Kahlua-chocolate whipped cream studded with chocolate wafer crumbs. Enough said.

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[Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake
No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake

Chocolate pushes an already rich dessert completely over the top. To start, chocolate cookie crumbs form the crust. And melted bittersweet chocolate not only makes this cheesecake super chocolatey, but helps to firm it up as it chills. So no more excuses.

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[Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

No-Bake Chewy Cranberry Chocolate Treats
No-Bake Chewy Cranberry Chocolate Treats

These addictively crispy, chewy treats are full of flavorful combos: dark chocolate-cranberry, honey-salt, and nut butters with a crunchy texture.

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[Photograph: Carrie Vasios Mullins]

Mixed Berry Pie (Made with Fresh Berries)
Mixed Berry Pie (Made with Fresh Berries)

As bakers, flexibility is key for working with what nature gives us. This recipe requires the baker to adjust the sugar to taste depending on the berry type and overall sweetness and acidity. This recipe is perfect for those who are comfortable modifying recipes to suit their tastes.

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[Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal]

Peach and Plum Pie
Peach and Plum Pie

As peaches recede at the end of the summer season and plums come on strong as we inch towards fall, this pie was designed to bridge the seasonal gap. The two flavors compliment each other perfectly, and make the most of the last of the peaches.

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[Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal]

Ginger Peach Bourbon Pie
Ginger Peach Bourbon Pie

This boozy peach pie tastes even better the second day after the bourbon, ginger and peach have had a chance to meld together.

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[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

Blackberry Thyme Galette
Blackberry Thyme Galette

Galettes are simply free-form tarts, but there is something about their ease of preparation and rustic look that makes them perfect for summer. The galette is filled with lots of fresh blackberries, meaning it's good on its own or even better with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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[Photograph: Carrie Vasios Mullins]

Malted Chess Pie
Malted Chess Pie

This is a simple chess pie with a double dose of malt in the filling, thanks to malt syrup and malt powder.

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[Photograph: Tina Rupp]

No-Churn Lime Ice Cream Pie (No Ice Cream Maker Required)
No-Churn Lime Ice Cream Pie (No Ice Cream Maker Required)

Cool, clean, and pleasantly tart lime ice cream is just one step away from becoming a dead-ringer for key lime pie.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Toasted Coconut Panna Cotta with Hibiscus and Pomegranate
Toasted Coconut Panna Cotta with Hibiscus and Pomegranate

This recipe for panna cotta takes a bit of advance planning in order to set the layer of hibiscus gelee and pomegranate over the top of the coconut custard, but is well worth the extra time.

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[Photograph: Jenny McCoy]

Lime Possets With Mint and Mango Fruit Salad
Lime Possets With Mint and Mango Fruit Salad

Made with cream and sugar, flavored with lime zest, and thickened with lime juice into a pudding-like consistency, these possets are an easy, elegant chilled dessert. A simple mango-and-mint fruit salad adds refreshing and tropical touch.

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[Photograph: Daniel Gritzer]

Lemon-Blueberry Fools
Lemon-Blueberry Fools

Fresh lemon curd and blueberry compote are spooned into this flavorful version.

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[Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

Tangy Strawberry Fools
Tangy Strawberry Fools

Juicy macerated strawberries, strawberry compote, and tangy yogurt are spooned into this refreshing, light version.

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[Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

Tropical Pineapple, Mango, and Coconut Fools
Tropical Pineapple, Mango, and Coconut Fools

The classic British fool, a dessert of fruit and whipped cream, is an ideal warm weather dessert because it's light and balance of sweet and tart fruit flavors. Spooned into this tropical take are layers of juicy mango, pineapple, and toasted coconut.

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[Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]