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40 Easy Labor Day Desserts for a Sweet End to Summer

S’mores, ice cream, pie, and more!

Headshot of Kara ZaubermanBy Kara Zauberman
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Caitlin Bensel

Saying goodbye to summer just got a whole lot sweeter thanks to these Labor Day desserts! Sure, you might be sad to see pool parties and summer cocktails come to a close, but that doesn't mean you can't end the season with a bang! So, before you break out the pumpkin recipes and fall treats, check out this list of Labor Day desserts. Here, you’ll find summer pies, s’mores desserts, juicy peach recipes, and so much more. Many of these treats will remind you of the sweetness of summer, and some of them will even bring you patriotic pride—hello, red, white, and blue desserts!

After planning out a spectacular menu of Labor Day recipes, including burgers and ribs, you might want to keep things easy when it comes time for the sweet stuff. That's why many of the Labor Day desserts ahead are simple and seasonal, like the Atlantic Beach Pie or blueberry cobbler. There are even some no-bake treats and ice cream recipes that are perfect for when the temperature soars. "The really great thing about ice cream is—well everything about it is great, but one of the best things is that the flavor possibilities are endless," Ree Drummond says. Ahead, you'll find flavors like peach, vanilla bean, and strawberry sorbet. They'll make your summer send-off a little bit easier!


Ice Cream Icebox Cake

labor day desserts ice cream icebox cake
Caitlin Bensel

This pretty no-bake dessert is layered with summer flavor, from the blackberry preserves to the bright lemon curd-swirled ice cream. The best part is that you can use a store-bought pint of vanilla ice cream to start.

Get the Ice Cream Icebox Cake recipe.



Peach Pie

labor day desserts peach pie
Caitlin Bensel

It's hard to beat the fresh flavor of summertime peaches! They shine in this summer pie with the help of cardamom, ginger, and lemon.

Get the Peach Pie recipe.


Copycat Drumsticks

labor day desserts copycat drumsticks
Caitlin Bensel

Remember these ice cream treats from when you were a kid? They're just like the kind from the ice cream truck, but you can make them at home!

Get the Copycat Drumsticks recipe.

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Lemon Crinkle Cookies

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Caitlin Bensel

These cookies remind us of a bright, sunny day! They're perfect for enjoying with a refreshing glass of lemonade.

Get the Lemon Crinkle Cookies recipe.


Grilled Peaches

labor day desserts grilled peaches
Caitlin Bensel

Don't put away your grill tools yet! These juicy, charred peaches are a must-have for summer. Ree likes to serve them up with maple syrup, pecans, and ice cream.

Get the Grilled Peaches recipe.



Strawberry Cobbler

labor day desserts strawberry cobbler
Caitlin Bensel

This cobbler is loaded with fresh, sweet strawberries and topped with a batter-like topping that's golden and crisp. It's one of the easiest cobblers you can make.

Get the Strawberry Cobbler recipe.

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"Fried" Ice Cream

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Caitlin Bensel

You only need three ingredients and a container of dulce de leche ice cream to make this fun dessert. The outside is a crispy combination of cinnamon Chex, butter, and sugar.

Get the "Fried" Ice Cream recipe.


Blueberry Cheesecake

labor day desserts blueberry cheesecake
Will Dickey

There's no shortage of fresh blueberries in this beautiful, show-stopping treat. The fruit is studded throughout the cheesecake and added to a sweet syrup that's poured over top.

Get the Blueberry Cheesecake recipe.


No-Bake Key Lime Pie

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Nicole Dubois

The light-as-air filling, citrusy flavor, and graham cracker crust all make this pie a true delight. You'll love to know that it's no-bake and make-ahead friendly, too!

Get the No-Bake Key Lime Pie recipe.

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Blondie Ice Cream Sandwich

labor day desserts blondie ice cream sandwich
Caitlin Bensel

Blondies meet ice cream in this tasty summertime treat! Instead of your typical cookies used for ice cream sandwiches, this recipe uses homemade chewy, chocolate chip blondies instead.

Get the Blondie Ice Cream Sandwich recipe.



Blueberry Pie

labor day desserts blueberry pie
Caitlin Bensel

It's hard not to be impressed by this show-stopping pie. After all, the filling is loaded with fresh, juicy blueberries and the crust is flaky, buttery, and topped with sugar.

Get the Blueberry Pie recipe.


S'mores Bars

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Caitlin Bensel

Bring a bit of summertime nostalgia to the kitchen with these dessert bars that have all the gooey, chocolatey flavor of s'mores! No campfire required!

Get the S'mores Bars recipe.

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Piña Colada Cake

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Caitlin Bensel

Go big on sunny, tropical flavor this Labor Day with a cake that's reminiscent of a beach vacation! It's loaded with coconut, pineapple, and, yes, rum!

Get the Piña Colada Cake recipe.


White Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding

labor day desserts white chocolate croissant bread pudding
Caitlin Bensel

This is an easy way to add some red, white, and blue flair to your holiday table. Use blueberries, raspberries, and plenty of whipped cream!

Get the White Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding recipe.


Atlantic Beach Pie

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Caitlin Bensel

Inspired by the Atlantic beaches of North Carolina, this bright and citrusy pie is perfect for a summer party. It's sweet, salty, and easy to make ahead.

Get the Atlantic Beach Pie recipe.


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Neapolitan Ice Cream Bars

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Caitlin Bensel

This five-ingredient dessert is a fun twist on Neapolitan ice cream. It features chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry in a whole new way.

Get the Neapolitan Ice Cream Bars recipe.


Peach-Raspberry Crisp

peach raspberry crisp in sheet pan
Caitlin Bensel

If there's one thing that screams summer, it's a fruit crisp. Bubbling, sweet, and layered with a crumbly, buttery topping—everyone will want a scoop of this seasonal dessert.

Get the Peach-Raspberry Crisp recipe.


Strawberry Sorbet

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Caitlin Bensel

There's something so refreshing about sorbet. It's lighter than ice cream and loaded with seasonal fruits—so simple, yet so delightful.

Get the Strawberry Sorbet recipe.

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Double Cherry-Almond Slab Pie

double cherry almond slab pie with glaze
Caitlin Bensel

Making your summer pie in a sheet pan is great for feeding a crowd. Plus, it will look so pretty when drizzled with the almond glaze.

Get the Double Cherry-Almond Slab Pie recipe.



No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies stacked on blue plate with coconut flakes
Caitlin Bensel

You won't have to turn on the oven to make these homemade cookies. The no-bake treats are perfect for a Labor Day weekend when it's just too hot.

Get the No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies recipe.


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