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.
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
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
This apple crisp can be in the oven in less than 30 minutes and emerges bubbling, crisp and the perfect landing place for a scoop of ice cream. My topping typically has rolled oats, but this time I wanted the toasted almonds to be the clear star, so I used oat flour instead of the old fashioned oats and all-purpose flour, making this crisp entirely gluten-free (and vegan).Get the recipe
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
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
There is nothing more beautiful than a perfectly ripe, juicy, smooth, sweet peach, so don't fuss it all up with too much extra stuff. This perfect peach pie with lattice crust is really just peaches, a touch of booze (which is optional) and some raw sugar.Get the recipe