Labor Day Desserts

If Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer, then it’s a good time to make some of your favorite summer recipes. The weather is still warm, so you may not be ready for fall favorites yet, and it’s a great time to use up some berries before freezing them for the fall and winter. Or to make one more ice cream treat before the weather gets too cold. Whatever you’re going for, these are some great Labor Day desserts to wrap up your summer and get ready for fall.

Apple Pie

Apple Pie | Labor Day Desserts | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

So many people think of apples as a cool weather fruit, but prime apple season starts in mid-to-late August. Plus, apple pie is among the best Labor Day desserts because it is just about perfect any time of year. This pie is jammed packed with super thin slices of apples, so that it is dense. If you take the time to stack them, you’ll see the clean lines of apple when you cut into it. This pie takes a little longer to make, but the results are worth every second. Get the recipe.

Ice Cream Cake

Fig, Champagne Grapes and Raspberry Cake

Fig Cake With Grapes And Raspberries | Labor Day Desserts | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

This time of year brings with it all of the sensual fruits. They seem more decadent, rich and sweet and just a little bit adult. This cake features a trio of late summer fruits that are perfect for the season, and create a cake that is gorgeous to look at. If you are serving Labor Day desserts to a crowd, big or small, they will be in awe of this cake before they even take a bite. Get the recipe.

Raspberry Cheesecake Streusel Bars

Raspberry Cheesecake Streusel Bars

Plum Cupcakes with Sweet-Corn Ice Cream

Sweet corn is synonymous with late-summer in Minnesota. Who doesn’t love a freshly grown cob of corn? Paired with plums, another late-summer to early-fall treat, and you have a combination that perfectly straddles the line between summer and fall. The tart plums and the milky, honey-like corn are great companions for a plum cupcake recipe with a hit of ice cream. Get the recipe.

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Is there a bad time of year for peanut butter cookies? This recipe features two cookies with peanut butter mousse and chocolate ganache, but you can also make these with jelly for the back-to-school season. No matter what flavor combination you choose, a nice peanut butter treat is sure to satisfy just about everyone. Get the recipe.

Banana Cream Pie

Don’t sleep on the classics. Banana cream pie is one of those desserts that brings back memories of grandmas and childhood. If you’ve been tasked with serving Labor Day dessert, it’s hard to go wrong with a banana cream pie. This pie looks beautiful and decadent, and the flavor doesn’t disappoint. It’s so good, I’ve had people clap at the sight of it. Get the recipe.

Rhubarb Berry Crumble

My overstuffed freezer can often use a good clean-out, and a trifle is the perfect way to use up leftovers. If you’re like me, you still have summer berries around, and a few other bits from other recipes you made throughout the summer. When I first made this recipe it was before a long vacation and I had the goal of avoiding any waste. Well, mission accomplished. The results were delicious and hopefully this recipe can help you clean out before fall. Get the recipe.

Blueberry Cobbler

The berry seasons seem to come and go so quickly in Minnesota, and Labor Day offers a chance to hold on to the summer berry season a little bit longer. Fresh blueberries scream summer, but a cobbler is also a warm and inviting dish for fall and winter. The combination of the berries and the pastry seems like a great option for the holiday that blends two seasons, doesn’t it? Get the recipe.

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