Celebrate the end of summer with some of the best Labor Day dessert recipes. Before you are back to your daily activities, be sure to bask in the last of these sunny, warm days. There’s still plenty of time to enjoy these creamy, citrusy, or fruity delights at your backyard barbecue. Here are the great desserts for that!
01. Farmer Cheesecake With Strawberry
For this elegant, no-bake cheesecake, you can ferment your own farmer’s cheese (a kind of cottage cheese). Ricotta mixed with cream cheese makes a delicious substitute for the filling, which is incredibly light, delicately sweet, and wonderful inside the crumbly graham cracker crust.
02. Skiller Brownies On Grill
These brownies take on a deliciously smoky flavor on the grill from “baking” in a skillet set over hot coals. After you’re done grilling dinner, prepare to make brownies on the grill by adding a few more lumps of charcoal to maintain a grill temperature of around 350°F. Pull the skillet brownies when they’re still a bit moist, but not wet, in the middle for a fudgy texture in the center and smoky brownie “bark” around the edges.
03. Black and Blue Pie With Brown Sugar Crumb
For juicy—but never runny—berry pie, Rucker crushes a single large handful of the berry filling to help create the perfect saucy consistency. Huckleberries and blackberries create the namesake black-and-blue filling, but a mix of any brambleberries and blueberries will do. A crumb topping adds texture and helps absorb some of the pie’s juice, allowing it to slice cleanly.
04. Bourbon Custard With Berry Dust Meringue
A silky and creamy custard topped with shards of candy-like meringue and sweet-tart fresh berries, this dessert is rich but not too heavy. The bourbon in the custard cuts through the dairy and adds mellow caramel and vanilla notes.
05. Grilled Summer Pavlovas
Instead of turning on the oven and heating up your kitchen, Justin Chapple’s hack allows you to make pavlovas on the grill. Once they’re done, top them with macerated seasonal berries. Serve the pavlovas with whipped cream and the berries. You can use some berries from your harvest last week!
06. Quadruple Chocolate Brownies
By swirling chunks of white, milk, and bittersweet chocolate into a batter made with unsweetened chocolate, then melting and drizzling more all over the top. The aromatic spices like sesame and pink peppercorn, and herbs like tarragon. So refreshing and delicious at the same time. Cut them into squares and enjoy!
07. Sunny Lemon Bars
Individually portioned lemon bars are a natural choice for a party. Lots of lemon bar recipes call for whole eggs and cornstarch, a combination that makes for a stable but murky custard. We leave out the cornstarch, adding extra egg yolks instead to get the texture right. Make sure to use nonreactive cookware (pot, whisk, everything) so that you don’t wind up with metallic-tasting bars.
Saying goodbye to grilling weather also means saying goodbye to summer fruit, so Labor Day is the time to get in one last cherry pie, blackberry cobbler, or batch of strawberry ice cream. Just don’t spend too much thinking about what desserts will be. Make delicious desserts from ingredients around and effortless ways!