28 Labor Day Desserts That Make Summer's End A Little Sweeter

Quick: Wear all the white and eat all your summer faves!

grilled peaches
Andrew bui

The end of summer can be be bittersweet. But here at Delish, we are all about focusing on the "sweet" this Labor Day with as many desserts as possible. And in true Labor Day fashion, these desserts—like raspberry-peach upside down cake, fruit popsicles, and blackberry pie—are low-effort, yet still wildly delicious.

Celebrate all the goodness of summer by highlighting still-stunning summer produce, like peaches, blackberries, and watermelon. If you haven't tried our recipes for grilled peaches, lemon-blueberry shortcakes, or bourbon peach pie, jump on those ASAP!

If you're craving those tropical flavors of a summer vacation, you'll really love our recipes for pineapple coconut cake, Key lime pie, and refreshing granita. Summer also means some pretty special camping trips, which require s'mores, of course. Try our s'mores cupcakes and s'mores icebox cake to bring you right back to the campsite.

Not ready to let go of summer? We hear you. Try out all of our favorite summer dinners, summer desserts, no-bake desserts, and beach drinks to tote along in your favorite cooler.

And if you're fully ready to plunge into pumpkin-flavored everything, we have more than a few fall recipes to help you out. Check out all of our fall cookies, fall cocktails, fall appetizers, and fall dinners to help you usher in the season. We're also pretty sure all of our favorite pumpkin desserts will make the end of summer a bit sweeter.

s'mores cupcakes
Parker feierbach
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S'mores Cupcakes

S'mores are one of our favorite outdoor snacks, but there's not always a fire pit or grill to be found. Now you can have everything you love about s'mores—buttery graham crackers, melty chocolate, and toasted marshmallow—in a portable, handheld cupcake!

Get the S'mores Cupcakes recipe.

grilled peaches
Andrew bui
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Grilled Peaches

Nothing beats a ripe, sticky-sweet peach. And while you can just bite right in, cooking with peaches is also killer. For grilling, look for peaches that are a little firm. Too-ripe ones will caramelize too quickly on the grill and burn.

Get the Grilled Peaches recipe.

strawberry upside down skillet cake
Andrew bui
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Strawberry Upside Down Skillet Cake

Want to make a cake, but aren’t confident in your baking skills? You’ve got to try an upside-down cake. They’re quick, easy, and pretty much decorate themselves. For this version, we kept it simple with strawberries, meaning you can make this for any summer soiree. We love it for outdoor picnics, birthdays, BBQs, or even after a casual weeknight dinner.

Get the Strawberry Upside Down Skillet Cake recipe.

red velvet whoopie pies with blueberries
Lucy schaeffer
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Red Velvet Whoopie Pies with Blueberries

These patriotic beauties were inspired by classic red velvet cake, whoopie pies, and the need for an easy and fun Labor Day dessert. Red velvet cookies stuffed with fluffy, white whipped cream and cream cheese frosting and blueberries make for a fun twist on the classic whoopie pie that we didn't even know we needed.

Get the Red Velvet Whoopie Pies with Blueberries recipe.

banana pudding lasagna
Andrew bui
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Banana Pudding Lasagna

Bananas? All about ‘em. Pudding? Love it. Lasagna… wait, what? Stay with us! It’s true that this isn’t a true Italian lasagna. Here we've swapped out pasta, sauce, and cheese with Nilla wafers, cheesecake filling, and bananas for the perfect no-bake dessert to make for a crowd.

Get the Banana Pudding Lasagna recipe.

lemon blueberry shortcakes
Andrew bui
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Lemon Blueberry Shortcakes

Strawberry shortcake is one of those quintessential summer desserts we can't get enough of—so we made this extra fruity version with blueberries! The buttery, flaky biscuits here are crowned with homemade lemon curd (store-bought is fine, though!), sweetened blueberries, and an easy whipped cream. It’s tart and sweet—and incredibly good.

Get the Lemon Blueberry Shortcakes recipe.

brown sugar peach cake
Andrew bui
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Brown Sugar Peach Cake

This is really a peach cobbler in soft and buttery cake form, with sweet peaches studded throughout. The frosting is a brown sugar boiled icing, much like you would find on a Texas sheet cake. Pour it on while the cake is still warm. It soaks in as it cools, then hardens into a delicious, sweet topping.

Get the Brown Sugar Peach Cake recipe.

lemon icebox pie
Andrew bui
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Lemon Icebox Pie

Extra buttery graham crackers meet a sweet, zesty lemon curd-esque filling in this amazing icebox pie. If you’re still looking for a truly no-bake lemon option, check out our lemon icebox cake.

Get the Lemon Icebox Pie recipe.

easy strawberry shortcake recipe
Rachel vanni
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Easy Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Strawberry shortcake is THE go-to low-lift summer dessert. Tender, fresh shortcakes are topped with juicy, sweet strawberries and fluffy whipped cream to make this iconic dessert. The beauty of strawberry shortcake is in the balance. We used a shortcake that's lightly sweetened so that the sweet-tart flavor of the macerated strawberries can shine through, but if you prefer this dessert on the sweeter side, try this sour cream pound cake or super easy sponge cake.

Get the Easy Strawberry Shortcake Recipe recipe.

chess pie
Parker Feierbach
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Chess Pie

Chess pie is a custard-y, Southern pie very reminiscent of buttermilk pie. For a fun upgrade, we add orange juice, coffee, or maple syrup to the filling.

Get the Chess Pie recipe.

bourbon peach pie
kat wirsing
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Bourbon Peach Pie

Let this pie be the first thing you make to celebrate peach season. It has a flaky buttery crust that comes together easily, while the tempting filling is rich with spices and a hint of bourbon. Peaches too firm? Baking them into this pie turns them perfectly jammy.

Get the Bourbon Peach Pie recipe.

fruit popsicles
Andrew bui
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Fruit Popsicles

In the heat of summer, nothing satisfies quite like a fruit popsicle. This classic strawberry version is big on fruit flavor and not too sweet.

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blackberry pie
Erik bernstein
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Blackberry Pie

Fresh fruit pies are some of our all-time favorite desserts, and highlight all our favorite seasonal fruits like blackberries. We promise that making our easy buttery, flaky pie crust is worth the extra time. Peep our pie crust recipe for a step-by-step tutorial on how to make an easy lattice top. Looking for more pie ideas? You can never go wrong with a blueberry pie.

Get the Blackberry Pie recipe.

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Hailing from Sicily, classic granita ranks among the most refreshing desserts ever, right up there with snow cones and popsicles. This pineapple version is big on tropical flavors, with heavy notes of vanilla and toffee thanks to a splash of rum and a scoop of dark brown sugar.

Get the Granita recipe.

pink lemonade pound cake
Andrew bui
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Pink Lemonade Pound Cake

When you need a sweet treat that brings some sass too, this pink lemonade pound cake is just right. Shot-through with a stripe of hot pink, the cake is plenty citrusy, thanks to a whopping two tablespoons of lemon zest, plus lemon juice in both the batter and glaze. Perfect for baby showers and bridal showers, and afternoon tea parties, this is the sort of statement dessert that stands out without much work.

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Cookies 'N' Cream Ice Cream Pie

Can't choose between a chocolaty pie, cake, or ice cream? This ice cream pie is the most delicious compromise: a buttery Oreo crust is filled with a cookies 'n' cream ice cream (and plenty of hot fudge sauce).

Get the Cookies 'N' Cream Ice Cream Pie recipe.

pineapple coconut cake
erik bernstein
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Pineapple Coconut Cake

This fluffy coconut cake is filled with an easy pineapple curd and finished with a cream cheese frosting and toasted coconut flakes. We love the bigger, unsweetened flakes, but if you prefer sweetened coconut for the outside it works just as well. The cake calls on coconut milk for extra rich flavor.

Get the Pineapple Coconut Cake recipe.

strawberry shortcake ice cream cake
Andrew bui
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Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Cake

Smart kids know that best treat from the ice cream truck is the strawberry shortcake novelty bar, with its combination of strawberry and vanilla ice cream coated in shortcake crumbs. A blend of golden sandwich cookies and freeze-dried strawberries are the secret to the irresistibly crunchy topping in this frozen spin on strawberry shortcake.

Get the Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Cake recipe.

raspberry peach upside down cake
Parker feierbach
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Raspberry Peach Upside-Down Cake

The secret to this sweet stunner is sour cream, which lends a moist, tender crumb to this spin on an upside-down cake.

Get the Raspberry Peach Upside-Down Cake recipe.

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Park Feierbach
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Key Lime Pie

Do we sometimes freeze this Key lime pie on a stick and dip in chocolate for the authentic Key West experience? Maybe.

Get the Easy Key Lime Pie recipe.

cherry clafoutis
Parker Feierbach
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Cherry Clafoutis

Super creamy and custardy, this clafoutis is like the lovechild of flan and cake. You'll wish all desserts had healthy doses of amaretto in them.

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peach dump cake
Park Feierbach
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Peach Dump Cake

No mixing or chopping and only three ingredients? This cake is the perfect lazy baker's dessert. Add a dash of cinnamon if you feel like being a little bit of an overachiever.

Get the Peach Dump Cake recipe.

coconut cream pie
Parker feierbach
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Coconut Cream Pie

We're coco-nuts for this pie! We love our perfect pie crust so much and think that everyone should use it whenever they make pie. But if you're short on time (or just don't wanna), store-bought refrigerated dough works just fine for this pie, too. Don't skip toasting the coconut, though—just follow our top tips!

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S'mores Icebox Cake

The marshmallow whipped cream is everything in this no-bake icebox cake. You just might find yourself wanting to top everything with it.

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Banana Split Kebabs

This fun dessert is a healthy, kid-friendly spin on a classic. You could even grill these before topping with chocolate for a smoky-sweet char.

Get the Banana Split Kebabs recipe.

coconut cheesecake
Ethan Calabrese
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Toasted Coconut Cheesecake

Coconut lovers, unite! If you love coconut, you'll go coco loco over this decadently creamy, slightly sweet dessert. You could even add shredded coconut to the crust before baking, if you really want to go wild.

Get the Toasted Coconut Cheesecake recipe.

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Grilled Pineapple Sundaes

Grilling helps caramelize the sugar in the pineapple before it's topped with dulce de leche and vanilla ice cream. Say "aloha" to your go-to summer dessert.

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Banana Split Lasagna

This no-bake dessert is hands down the most fun way to eat a banana split. So easy to customize, we love swapping in different homemade ice creams and adding a layer of magic shell.

Get the Banana Split Lasagna recipe.

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