11 Sensational Sweets For Your Memorial Day Celebration

1. Semi-Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

Made with Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers, these adorable ice cream sandwiches are a gourmet twist on an old fashioned treat. Kids love them, adults love them ? they are hard to beat! GET THE RECIPE

2. Simple Summer Strawberry Cake

This recipe, originally featured in Martha Stewart magazine, was sent to me by Karen Tannenbaum, a longtime reader, avid cook, and all-around lovely lady. It?s one of the simplest, prettiest, and most delicious cakes I?ve ever made. GET THE RECIPE

3. Best Ever Rice Krispies Treats

Thought Rice Krispies treats couldn?t get any better? Wrong! The key is more butter (lots more), more marshmallows (for extra gooeyness), extra salt, and vanilla. GET THE RECIPE

4. Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares

You can never go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter. With a chocolate cookie crust, creamy peanut butter layer, and smooth-as-silk milk chocolate topping, these squares are truly over-the-top. GET THE RECIPE

5. Strawberry & Orange Salad with Citrus Syrup & Fresh Mint

Fruit for dessert? Yes, please. This lovely fruit salad is wonderful alone or served with shortcake and whipped cream. GET THE RECIPE

6. Supernatural Brownies

If you?ve been searching for the perfect brownie recipe, look no further. I promise you: this is it! The recipe comes from Nick Malgieri?s Chocolate cookbook, an excellent resource for all things chocolate. GET THE RECIPE

7. Summer Berry Trifle

This berry trifle is the ultimate summer dessert: it?s refreshing and gorgeous, plus you can make it ahead of time and it feeds a crowd. GET THE RECIPE

8. Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These chocolate chunk cookies come out tender, puffy, and fudgy with perfectly crisp edges ? guaranteed. GET THE RECIPE

9. Luscious Lemon Squares

With a crisp and buttery shortbread crust, luscious lemon filling, and dusting of powdered sugar, these lemon squares are as pretty as they are delicious. They also freeze beautifully, so you can make them ahead of time and defrost as needed. GET THE RECIPE

10. Chocolate Cupcakes with Creamy Chocolate Frosting

These are the best chocolate cupcakes: the cake portion of the recipe is adapted from Magnolia Bakery in NYC and the frosting comes from Cook?s Illustrated. Together, they make an old-fashioned chocolate cupcake that?s sweet enough for children but also intensely chocolate enough for adults. GET THE RECIPE

11. Coconut Dream Pie

With a coconut-scented cookie crust and creamy coconut custard, all covered in a pillow of whipped cream and heaps of toasted coconut, this pie is truly dream-worthy. GET THE RECIPE

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