Memorial Day is right around the corner, and that means picnics and other gatherings with family and friends while remembering and honoring those who gave their lives while serving in the U.S. military. Your family and friends will enjoy all the usual Memorial Day picnic fare, like burgers and hot dogs, macaroni salad, fresh fruit salad, and lots of finger foods to snack on, but a delicious Memorial Day dessert can certainly steal the show.
There are many red, white, and blue-themed treats that make great Memorial Day dessert ideas, from cakes and cupcakes topped with blueberries and juicy red strawberries, to cheesecakes topped with red and blueberries, layered trifles with layers of red and blue gelatin, fresh berries, and whipped topping, and more. But when you’re busy planning a Memorial Day picnic and taking care of all the other details, Memorial Day dessert ideas can easily fall by the wayside.
For a time-saving yet oh-so-delicious Memorial Day dessert, consider a few boxes of our delectable Edible® Donuts. These donut-shaped Granny Smith apple slices are hand-dipped in real, gourmet semisweet chocolate and topped with red, white, and blue chocolate glaze and sprinkles for a patriotic treat guests of all ages will enjoy. Choose an arrangement filled with fresh fruit and chocolate dipped fruits featuring star-shaped pineapples dipped in chocolate to honor our fallen heroes, or choose a trio of party platters filled with an assortment of fresh fruit favorites and chocolate dipped fruits that are sure to please any crowd.
For more delicious Memorial Day dessert ideas you might want to try, we put out a call for ideas and curated responses below. (Note: Edible Arrangements® is not endorsing any of the companies or ideas discussed below, but we asked for suggestions to get some different perspectives.) Keep reading to find out what the contributors who responded to our query had to say about their favorite Memorial Day dessert ideas.
Rowena is the master chef of the Tiny Kitchen Divas blog, where she does both the cooking and the photography. She likes preparing quick, practical, healthy, and budget-friendly meals. She loves to feed her family with clean bites.
“I love making my grandmother’s fried peach pies for Memorial Day. The recipe only requires one pie crust, so I double it and freeze the rest for my next fried peach pie adventure. I also freeze the canned peaches so that they don’t go bad before we eat them! The recipe is best when the peaches are fresh, but it’s still delicious if you use canned. For the crust, I add a little less sugar than my usual recipe. I like the tartness of the peaches to counteract the sweetness of the crust.”
Jessica Randhawa is the head chef, recipe creator, photographer, and writer behind The Forked Spoon.
“My favorite Memorial Day dessert is delicious Apple Crisp
made with thinly sliced and caramelized Granny Smith apples blanketed in a buttery cinnamon-spiced oatmeal topping. Apple crisp is a classic American dessert best enjoyed with friends, family, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream!”
Brian Donovan is the CEO of TimeShatter.
“Memorial Day desserts are all about showcasing red, white, and blue. The easiest way to achieve this? Trifles. Layer your favorite red and blueberries with either homemade or store-bought whipped cream or pudding, and the cake or doughnut of your choice. The combination is really up to your personal preference, but whatever you decide to add will turn out to be a patriotic, fun dessert that everyone will enjoy.”
Chris Roth is the founder and CEO of Highline Wellness. His passion is bringing mental health, wellness, and happiness to the forefront of the global culture. He does this by availing CBD products and researching and educating the public on mental health and psychological matters.
“My favorite dessert idea for Memorial Day is Grilled Pineapples.
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 1.5 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp cardamom powder
- 1 medium pineapple
- Lemon zest
- Vanilla ice cream
- Heat your grill to low-medium heat.
- In a bowl, mix together brown sugar, cardamom, and cinnamon powder.
- Sprinkle the mixture on each side of the pineapple generously.
- Put the slices on the grill and grill them until golden brown. 4 minutes each side would nicely caramelize the sugar.
- Once done, serve with vanilla ice cream and sprinkle some lemon zest.”
Ryan Yount is the founder of LuckLuckGo, a software company for GPS protection tools.
“Blueberry Graham Dessert is my favorite. When you’re pressed for time but crave cheesecake, try this fruity dessert. Ricotta and cream cheese are the main ingredients that provide the same flavor as cheesecake but do not require so much effort while preparing. Instead of making individual servings, you can layer the ingredients in a glass serving bowl.
Here is how to prepare it:
- Combine the cracker crumbs, walnuts, sugar, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.
- Set it aside and stir in the butter.
- In a separate large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar and beat until it smoothens.
- Combine the ricotta cheese and lemon juice in a mixing bowl.
- Divide 1/2 cup blueberries among four dessert dishes. Top with the remaining blueberries, crumbs, and cream cheese mixture.
- If desired, top with whipped cream. Lastly, refrigerate until it is ready to serve.”
Charmaine is a self-confessed foodie and editor at LuvMeKitchen, a food blog. When she is not experimenting in the kitchen she enjoys traveling, running, sailing and just spending time with family and friends.
“My favorite Memorial Day dessert idea is Memorial Day Vanilla Cake. For most of us, Memorial Day signifies the beginning of summer. However, let’s not forget the true purpose of Memorial Day, which is to honor our fallen heroes. This Memorial Day dessert consists of a vanilla cake with cream cheese frosting. It is decorated with blueberries and strawberries, which represents the color of the flag. This cake is usually decorated with mini American flags.”
Mike Miller is the Editor-in-Chief at Wilderness Times.
“My favorite Memorial Day dessert idea is Red, White and Blue Cheesecake.
Every Memorial Day, my wife makes this red, white and blue cheesecake. It’s not the fastest dessert to make, but it’s one of the best ones I’ve ever had.
Here’s what you need to make it:
Red Velvet Layer:
- A bit of butter and flour to cover the cake pan
- 1 box red velvet cake mix
- 2×8 ounce packages of cream cheese, softened
- ⅔ cups sugar
- 2 large eggs
- ⅓ cups sour cream
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- Blue gel food coloring
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 4 tablespoon powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoon vanilla
Red Velvet Layer:
- Prepare the batter according to box directions. Pour it into a 9-inch cake pan covered in butter and flour.
- Preheat the oven to 350F, then let the cake bake for about 30 minutes. Once done, let it cool slightly while still in the pan.
- Beat cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl until fluffy and combined, about 3 minutes.
- Use a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
- Add eggs, one a time, until combined.
- Add sour cream, flour, vanilla, and salt and beat until combined.
- Split the batter into two bowls. Add blue gel food coloring to one bowl, and stir the mixture until even in color.
- Start scooping and adding the batter to the cake pan, by alternating between the two colors. Once done, let it bake until it becomes jiggly in the middle. That should take about 1 hour.
- Take out the cake pan and let it cool slightly before transferring to the freezer. There, it will cool down completely and firm up adequately.
Pour the ingredients into a bowl, and mix them using a whisk. When you’re done, spread the whipped cream on the top of the cake.”
Morshed Alam is the Founder & Editor at Savvy Programmer.
“There are so many great Memorial Day dessert recipes out there, but my personal favorite is a classic peach cobbler.
It’s easy to make and always a hit with friends and family. You can find some great recipes online or in your favorite cookbook. Whatever dessert you choose, be sure to celebrate and remember America’s fallen heroes this Memorial Day with something sweet!”
A star athlete during his school days, Kieran quickly excelled at sports and, in particular, football. Kieran’s true passion lies in home exercise equipment, and so FitnessHomeHQ.com was born.
“Dipped Ice cream Sandwiches are best as a Memorial Day Dessert.
Here’s how to do it:
- 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate baking squares, chopped
- 1 tbsp shortening
- 4 ice cream sandwiches
- Line a baking sheet with waxed paper, then set aside.
- In a microwave or heavy saucepan, melt the chocolate and shortening together and stir until smooth.
- Quickly dip the ice cream sandwiches halfway lengthwise in melted chocolate, then coat chocolate with sprinkles.
- Place on the prepared baking sheet and freeze.”
Scott McKinney is the head of marketing at Debt Bombshell.
“Featuring a lot of red, white and blue colors for a Memorial Day feast is something that proves to be a hit every year.
One idea that I’ve been loving lately is this red, white and blue dessert cup that will make dessert the star of your Memorial Day get-together for sure! All you’ll need are fresh strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and whipped cream. Assemble the fruits in mini bowls for your guests and top it all off with a generous serving of yummy whipped cream. It’s delicious, easy to make, and will prove to be a hit with your guests.”
Shannon Bernadin is a botanist, owner of, and horticultural fanatic responsible for creating The African Garden. She has spent her life devoted to the flowers and fauna that populate the average American yard and brought her online garden to life to share her knowledge with anyone and everyone interested in floriculture.
“Every year, my parents throw a big Memorial Day party, and I always bring the same dessert. Nothing says Memorial Day quite like red, white, and blue, and if you can throw some stars in there too, even better. That’s why I love these mini berry pies. They’re tart and sweet, and if cooked right, crunchy in all the right ways. Pair them with some vanilla ice cream and they always go down a treat.”
Michael Baldicana is the Web Content Specialist at Stayyy, a community for dog lovers and people who are looking to train their dog.
“Memorial Day is a time for celebration and memories. It can be made even more special if you have a favorite dessert to share with your friends and family.
One of my favorite dessert ideas for Memorial Day is a strawberry shortcake. It’s so easy to make and it’s perfect for summertime. You can use any type of cake you want, but I usually go with a yellow cake mix because it’s quick and easy. You can also make the whipped cream from scratch if you want to spend more time on the dessert, but I find it tastes just as good when you use store-bought whipped cream.”
Jessica Kats is an e-commerce and retail expert at Soxy.
“One of my favorite desserts to make on Memorial Day is cheesecake bars. I actually make these desserts for every occasion but change the aesthetic to meet the special occasion. Cheesecake bars are very easy to modify with the choice of toping I use. For Memorial Day, I choose toppings that go with the red, white and blue theme. I use regular cream cheese for the white, strawberry preserves for the red and blueberries for blue. My guests have always loved this dessert, and I continue the tradition every year.”
Elisa Bender is the Co-founder RevenueGeeks.
“My favorite Memorial Day dessert is salted peanut banana pudding. The peanut’s crunchiness is a delight that is unmatched by any store-bought desserts.
Here’s my recipe that you can mimic to create this mouth-watering dessert:
- Start the process by whisking together flour and salt coupled with ⅔ cups of sugar. Gradually add milk and egg yolks followed by half a cup of cream.
- Then you should turn on your stove’s medium heat and cook for 10 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and add peanut butter and two teaspoons of vanilla essence.
- Layer the dish with wafers and add pieces of banana on top.
- Pour the mixture of the saucepan into the dish and chill for an hour.
- Once the surface solidifies, it’s ready to be served.”
In 2012 Dan joined Aquion as Vice President bringing his extensive background in engineering, product development, and operations leadership. With a degree in mechanical engineering and impressive experience in leadership roles, Dan plays an important role in Aquion’s development.
“I’m not an expert pastry chef, but I do have a holiday sweet tooth that’s over the top. My favorite Memorial Day dessert idea is a vanilla & blueberry cheesecake with a side of watermelon sorbet!”
Wilhelmina “Billie” Zeelen is a cold storage engineer by day
and owner of Bzice. Having been fascinated by the idea of what foods can and can’t be frozen since she was a child, Billie decided to turn her obsession into the ultimate online freezing resource and created Bzice, the one-stop internet guide to what you can and can’t freeze at home.
“We go all out, foodwise, on Memorial Day, and my family and I treat ourselves to several special desserts throughout the celebration. My personal favorite is the patriotic rice Krispie stars. I saw others doing them, and I was surprised at how easy they were to make when I finally tried them myself!
You essentially just mix butter, melted marshmallows, and Krispies. You create three mixes, and to two of them, you add food coloring (red on one, blue on the other). Then you simply create a triple-layer, with the three colors (blue, white, and red), and you cut out star shapes.
So easy, but I promise the result is delicious, and it’s the perfect visual for Memorial Day!”
Christopher is an Academic Matter Expert working with Help In Homework in Laramie, WY.
“I have a couple of favorite desserts that I like to make for Memorial Day.
The first is a chocolate s’mores pie. This pie is so delicious and the perfect dessert to cut into when you’re looking to cool off in the evening. I love the chocolate, marshmallow and graham cracker flavors all together in a creamy pie. I think it is one of the most fantastic desserts I’ve ever eaten.
The second dessert I love to make for Memorial Day is a strawberry shortcake. It is a classic and really easy dessert to make. The strawberry shortcake is also a great way to use fresh fruits in the summer months. I love the strawberry shortcake because it has a rich, crumbly biscuit and fresh, sweet strawberries.”
Amy Lippert is a Functional Nutritionist and founder of AlmondMilkandCookies.com. She currently owns and operates her own functional nutrition business in the Twin Cities area, helping local and remote clients.
“My favorite Memorial Day dessert is a simple Paleo and vegan-friendly blackberry mousse.
Sweet blackberries, tangy lime, and creamy rich coconut are a perfect summer’s dream in this easy 1-step dessert. Made with only whole food ingredients, it is a perfect way to welcome in summer that everyone can enjoy.”
Dominic Harper is the founder of Debt Bombshell.
“This delicacy isn’t only sumptuous for a Memorial Day dessert, but it also has a lot of history and is exciting to share. If it weren’t for an accident, it wouldn’t be possible for this cake to come to life. This unique treat is just a legendary Depression-era mistake, but it surely became an instant hit. Here’s a recipe that’s always been my go-to.
Using an electric mixer (or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment) on medium speed, beat granulated sugar, butter, and salt in a large bowl, scraping down sides, until well combined (butter does not need to be fluffy), about 3 minutes. Beat in egg. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually beat in flour. Add corn syrup, milk, and vanilla and beat on low speed, scraping down sides, until combined and no streaks of syrup remain.
Preheat oven to 350°. Butter a 13×9 pan. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat granulated sugar, brown sugar, and remaining ¾ cup butter in a large bowl, scraping down sides, until well combined (butter does not need to be fluffy), about 3 minutes. Beat in eggs one at a time until incorporated
(mixture will look loose and broken, that’s okay), then beat in vanilla. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually beat in dry ingredients in 3 additions, alternating with sour cream in 2 additions, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Scrape batter into prepared pan, smoothing top with a spatula (if you have an offset spatula, use it!). Dollop goo over batter.
Using a spatula, gently and evenly spread goo over the entire surface.
Bake cake until browned, edges begin to pull away from pan and middle is slightly wobbly, about 45–55 minutes (cake will appear to boil at about 30 minutes, but don’t be frightened; keep baking!). When fully baked, it will look like the surface of the moon, with craters and valleys of goo and mountains of cake. Let cool 1 hour in pan, then dust with powdered sugar.”
Lisa Richards is a nutritionist and author of The Candida Diet. She has been featured on Today, US News, Women’s Health magazine, Huffington Post, Healthline, the San Francisco Chronicle, Reader’s Digest, Lifehack, Insider, and Well+Good, among others.
“My Avocado Lime Tart is a sweet and delicious plant-based dessert that is a crowd-pleaser without the added sugar and calories. In fact, this dessert is packed with nutrient-rich ingredients from avocados to coconut milk.
- 1 almond coconut tart crust
- ½ cup coconut milk
- 2 tsp. alcohol-free vanilla
- 1 ½ tsp. stevia powder
- ⅛ tsp. salt
- 3 avocados, peeled, seeded, mashed
- 1 large lime, zest and juice
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
- Toasted coconut flakes for garnish
- In a small bowl, add coconut milk, alcohol-free vanilla, stevia powder, and salt. Whisk until stevia and salt have dissolved. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a food processor, add mashed avocados, lime zest, and juice and process until smooth. Add coconut milk mixture and process until smooth. With the food processor running, pour melted coconut oil into the bowl. Process until tart filling is thoroughly combined.
- Pour tart filling into the prepared tart crust. Spread evenly and chill for 1 to 2 hours. Serve with a garnish of toasted coconut flakes. Store remaining tart covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.”
Craig Miller is one of the founders of Academia Labs LLC. He is also the content manager and the digital database expert. He has been an academician since 1989, with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Central Arkansas. He currently works as a Nursing Content Manager at Academia Labs, where he manages content for nursing students.
“My favorite Memorial Day dessert idea is Patriot Day Lunch Box Surprise.
- 1 pack graham crackers pie crust
- 1 pack strawberry Jell-O gelatin (star shape)
- 1 pack berry blue Jell-O gelatin (star shape)
- 3 tbsp whipped cream
- Starting at one side of the pie crust, place red Jell-O stars up to the center of the pie crust.
- Add the whipped cream in a line down the center of the pie shell.
- Fill the other side with blue Jell-O stars.
- Place a dollop of whipped cream in the center for finishing touches.”
Emily Krill is the food blogger behind Resolution Eats. It’s a blog about cooking that has hundreds of healthy recipes. Her recipes and advice have been featured in Insider, Buzzfeed, Parade, Healthline, Diabetes Strong, and Men’s Health.
“My favorite Memorial Day dessert idea is Orange Creamsicles. They’re a great way to celebrate the warm weather that is on the way. Creamsicles are creamy orange and vanilla flavored popsicles that are very easy to make. You can either use fresh orange juice or orange Jello for the flavoring. Either way, you’ll have a tasty Memorial Day treat.”
David Adler is the Founder and CEO of The Travel Secret. David is a seasoned entrepreneur who has had extensive experience in travel, e-commerce, marketing, HR, and
“Watermelon topped with Chile Tajin powder is my favorite Memorial Day dessert. It is refreshing, savory, and easy to make. Remove half the rind from the watermelon and slice it. Add two tablespoons of lime juice, kosher salt (as much as you like), and a little chili powder. Put all the ingredients into a bowl and stir them together. Put the watermelon on your plates, and you’re done.”
Ravi Parikh is the CEO of RoverPass.
“My go-to Memorial Day dessert is a Berry, Lemon, and Doughnut Hole Trifle. It only takes about a half-hour to make and is perfect for a large gathering. Simply whip up some pudding mix and whipped topping, then layer the doughnut holes, pudding mixture, strawberries, and blueberries. Repeat as necessary, then top with whipped topping and chill until you’re ready to serve.”
David Angotti is the CEO of HawaiianIslands.com.
“My favorite Memorial Day recipe is Red, White, ‘n’ Blue Salad. This dessert takes only a few hours to make and serves 16 people.
Start by making red and blue Jello. Add in blueberries, then refrigerate until firm in a 3-qt. bowl.
In a saucepan, sprinkle unflavored gelatin over ½ cup of cold water, let it stand for 1 minute, then add cream and sugar. Cook and stir over low heat until dissolved.
Cool to room temperature, then whisk in sour cream and vanilla. Spoon this over the blue layer and refrigerate until firm. Finally, make raspberry Jello and add raspberries. Spoon over the cream layer and chill until set. Top with whipped topping and berries and serve!”
Kyle Kroeger is the Founder of ViaTravelers.
“Memorial Day is a very serious occasion in our national calendar.
So it is good to think carefully about how you will present a dessert for the day. I think an American Flag cake that is tastefully presented with fresh fruit and white frosting creating the colors of the flag is suitable.
It is not overly celebratory, but it still brings an appreciative smile to your face and reminds you of the sacrifices made for our country by so many brave people. The cake is not overly sweet as the icing is made with cream cheese or yogurt frosting.”
Max Benz is the Founder and CEO at Remote-job.net.
“Grilled pineapple is definitely the perfect dessert for Memorial Day. The sweetness of the pineapple pairs perfectly with the smoky flavor from the grill, and it’s a great way to celebrate summer. Plus, grilled pineapple is healthy and light, so you can enjoy it without feeling guilty.”
Chiara is the founder of Handy Wine Guide. Their love and passion for wine are so big that they cannot keep it just for themselves! Their mission is to make the world of wine more accessible to you and by doing so, enhance your experience.
“I cook every day, and I love dessert. Cupcakes are my favorite dessert for Memorial Day – they are easy to make and taste great too. What more could you want?!
Ingredients for 24 mini muffins:
- 1/2 c. (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1 c. sugar
- 2 large eggs at room temperature
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 c. whole milk
- 1.5 c. sifted cake flour
- 1.5 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. Kosher salt
- Heat the oven to 400°F.
- Put in a large mixing bowl cake flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Add ¼ teaspoonful of butter at a time and mix it at low speed.
- Add a tablespoon of sugar at a time and keep mixing.
- Add one egg at a time, vanilla and milk until it’s all blended together in a homogenous batter.
- Fill a two-lined 24-cup mini-muffin pan with the prepared batter.
- Bake for 10 minutes.
Ingredients for frosting:
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1/4 c. cold butter, in small pieces
- Food coloring, if desired
- 1/4 c. unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1 3/4 c. sifted confectioners’ sugar
- 1/4 tsp. Kosher salt
- 2 tbsp. whole milk
- Melt the butter over medium-low heat until it comes golden brown.
- Put the butter in a medium bowl and add sugar, salt, milk, lemon juice, and zest. Mix at medium-high speed with an electric mixer.
- Add the ¼ cup cold butter, and food coloring if desired.
- Place it in a refrigerator if you don’t use it immediately.
Assemble the Patriotic Cupcakes, add the frosting to the previously prepared muffins, and voila, job done!”
Jessica Luna is the Interview Manager for Net Influencer.
“Memorial Day is one of the most important holidays celebrated in America. And what better way to honor all the men and women who died for our nation than by sharing a delicious dessert with our loved ones. I’m going to share the ingredients of my favorite dessert:
Red Velvet Cupcakes
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
- 1 cups of sugar
- 1 cups of vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons red food coloring
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 cup of whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups of cream cheese
- 1 cup of icing sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Mix dry ingredients (except sugar) in a bowl. Beat the vegetable oil with the sugar. Add the eggs one by one. Mix food coloring with vinegar, whipping cream and vanilla extract; add to the previous preparation. Incorporate the dry mixture slowly until everything is integrated. Pour into cupcake liners. Bake at 180o C for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool to room temperature. For the cream top, cream the butter with the cream cheese and icing sugar. Once integrated add the vanilla extract. Place in a pastry bag and decorate the cupcakes.
I recommend that you keep in mind the colors of the flag, blue, red and white. Since the cupcakes are already red, use cream cheese on top and decorate with some white edible stars. As a plus add a small flag to your cupcakes.”
Jen Talley is a food blogger and content creator for Thyme for the Table. Her passion is to share recipes that families and friends can enjoy while making memories around the kitchen table.
“When Memorial Day arrives, it means two things: the weather becomes warmer and fresh fruit becomes sweeter.
Your family and friends will love these patriotic-themed fruit kabobs for dessert. Cute red watermelon stars and plump blueberries make them fun and healthy for all the summer holidays! Serve them with a sweet fruit dip and you have a delicious Memorial Day treat!”
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