As summer ends and Labor Day approaches, I’ve compiled a list of 25 End Of Summer Labor Day Desserts that represent all of the sweetness we love about summer. The desserts in this recipe roundup feature sweet summer stone fruit, easy ice cream, refreshing beverages, no-bake sweets, and portable treats. All of the recipes are small batch, easy to make, and the perfect way to end the summer season!
small batch Pies, Cobblers, Tarts, and Crisps
Summer and pie go together like peanut butter and jelly. And as the days of summer wind down and Labor Day approaching, now is the time to enjoy these quintessential summer desserts!
features of the small batch labor day pies, cobblers, tarts, and crisps
Summer Fruit – Sweet and juicy fruit that only comes around once a yea. Like cherries, peach, mango, and berries.
Easy Flaky Crust – And the key to a delicious flaky crust is good, cold butter.
Portable – Any time a dessert can easily be held in hand is a bonus! Not to mention, travels well!
Small Batch – Which goes along with the portability – these small batch treats are inherently easy to hold and eat.
Helpful Small Batch Baking Essentials For These end of summer Labor Day Desserts
This recipe for a Cherry Almond Galette For Two is easy to make and a perfect small batch dessert for summer. The fresh cherries are the star of the show, and have back-up support from a rich almond cream and superbly flaky crust!
This Small Batch Chocolate Stone Fruit Cobbler celebrates some of the juiciest fruit of summer! An easy small batch dessert featuring peaches, plums, and cherries – and topped with a sugar-studded chocolate biscuit.
This small batch recipe for Caramel Corn Apple Galette is combines two delicious Fall desserts into one! Made with a creamy caramel and freeze dried sweet corn custard, and simple cinnamon sugar Honeycrisp apple filling. Then baked in a light and flaky pie crust for a pretty, yet rustic, pie for two!
This Pineapple Mango Gluten Free Crisp is a tropical fruit dessert that is easy, bright, and perfectly portioned for two. Coconut sugar provides caramel sweetness, and the gluten free crisp topping is made with almond flour and oats. A small batch dessert that is great for spring, Easter, or summer!
This Gluten Free White Peach Cobbler recipe is an easy small batchandgluten free summer dessert! Sweet and juicy white peaches swim in a pool of refined sugar free caramel and are topped with a soft, caramelized cobbler. A summer – and peach season – must have dessert!
Coconut Milk Peach Panna Cotta is a thick and creamy dessert flavored with freeze dried peaches, honey, and topped with fresh peach compote. This is an easy small batch recipe that is made dairy free by using canned coconut milk. A light and refreshing dessert, perfect to enjoy fresh summer peaches!
Black Forest Chia Pudding is a thick and creamy vegan pudding made with wholesome chia seeds, cocoa, fresh cherry compote, and topped with whipped coconut cream. An easy treat that can be enjoyed for breakfast, dessert, or any time in between!
This Sweet Corn Panna Cotta with Fresh Berry Sauce is a luxuriously creamy small batch dessert made with freeze-dried sweet corn and topped with a summer berry sauce and fresh fruit. The panna cotta is very easy to make and a light and refreshing treat perfect for summer!
Perfectly smooth and creamy Rainier Cherry Mousse – for two! Rainier cherries are light and sweet, and this small batch recipe highlights the freshness of these summer beauties. Best of all – the mousse is refined sugar free!
Chances are there is a barbecue in your Labor Day weekend plans. No need to stress about how to transport or serve these handheld desserts – serve them in small parfait glasses! And, whip up a batch of Whipped Coconut Cream to dollop on the top of these little beauties for an extra special touch!
What Makes These Portable Desserts Great For Summer
Summer Flavors – S’mores. Need I say more?! 🙂
Light and Bright – Let’s save the ultra-decadence for Fall and Christmas. These summer desserts are light and airy and summer fruit brightens the whole dish.
No-Bake – With the exception of the cake in the Peach Mousse Trifle, every component of these desserts are no-bake. Though, you could go as far as using a store bought cake for the trifle … just saying!
Strawberry S’mores Parfait
This recipe for Gluten Free Strawberry S'mores Parfaits combines silky vegan chocolate pudding, gluten free graham cracker crumbs, and toasty marshmallows for a decadent no-bake summer dessert! The parfaits are easily portable and the small batch recipe can be adjusted to accommodate any serving size.
Raspberry Peach Gluten Free Cheesecake Cups are a gluten free and refined sugar free summer dessert. Featuring gluten free graham crackers, velvety no-bake cheesecake filling, and honey sweetened raspberry and peach topping. An easy small batch recipe with everything you love about cheesecake, but served deconstructed in cute serving glasses!
Refreshing and creamy Peach Mousse Trifle is the perfect summer dessert! Creamy peach mousse is layered with vanilla whipped cream, light yellow cake, and fresh peach slices. This easy recipe makes 4 individual servings or one large trifle.
There is a bit of a theme with these 25 End Of Summer Desserts for Labor Day – they are easy and a lot of them are no-bake. Winner winner, dessert for dinner!
And how exactly do you make a no-bake cake? Well, there is a the classic icebox cake where creamy filling is layered with crackers or cookies. Or, make a no-bake cheesecake. Obviously, I am a big fan of a no-bake cheesecake considering the number of cheesecake recipes that aren’t baked on the blog!
Helpful Small Batch Baking Essentials For These end of summer Labor Day Desserts
6-Inch Springform Pan – The springform pan is almost a must for a cheesecake because the pan releases from the cake easy. A 6-Inch springform is what I use for most recipes.
4-Inch Springform Pan – The same as above, but to make a smaller individual size cake, the 4-Inch springform is great!
Parchment Paper – I’ve learned through trial and error that lining the bottom of the springform pan with parchment paper will save you much aggravation when trying to get the cakes crust off the removal springform pan bottom.
Neapolitan No-Bake Mini Cheesecake
This Neapolitan No-Bake Mini Cheesecake is set on a waffle cone crust to give you all of the flavors of an ice cream cone treat! The mini cheesecake is made in a 6-inch springform pan with layers of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry no-bake cheesecake filling. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings for your own version of an ice cream sundae!
This Mini No-Bake Chocolate Mousse Cheesecakeis a delicious celebration cake for Valentine's Day, or any other special occasion. A fluffy and creamy chocolate cheesecake layer is set on a chocolate graham cracker crust, and topped with a sweet strawberry whipped cream.
No-baking is required for this perfect summer dessert – Mini Orange Creamsicle No-Bake Cheesecake! Silky cheesecake is brightened with fresh orange juice and zest, then topped with orange whipped cream, and all on top of a buttery vanilla wafer crust.
So, the great thing about these delicious frozen treats is that you don’t need any special equipment. Translation – all of the ice cream is no-churn! And, if you want to see even more brain-freeze-because-I-ate-it-too-fast desserts, check out the ice cream and frozen treats page!
What’s in store with this roundup of frozen treats
Easy – I said it before, but will say it again. All of the ice cream recipes on the blog are no-churn!
Summer in a Sweet – Yes, you can eat ice cream in the fall and winter (and I recommend it), but walking around with popsicle dripping down your hand is a classic summer past-time! 🙂
Versatile – The recipes lay a great foundation for trying out different flavors.
Dairy Free Strawberry Ice Cream
This is an easy no-churn recipe for Dairy-Free Strawberry Ice Cream. The creamy ice cream is made with only 5 ingredients including canned coconut milk, fresh (or frozen strawberries), and honey. Plus, a secret ingredient that makes this ice cream extra velvety and smooth!
Celebrate the festivities of summer with these Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches. This is a small batch frozen dessert that combines no-churn chocolate chip ice cream sandwiched between two flourless peanut butter cookies, and finished with a chocolate shell and festive sprinkles.
3-Ingredient No-Churn Fresh Cherry Ice Cream! This is an easy, small batch ice cream recipe that doesn't require an ice-cream machine or eggs. Sweetened condensed milk gives the ice cream its smooth and creamy texture, while fresh cherries give it its delicious flavor, and color!
Enjoy the flavors of summer with these Creamy Watermelon Popsicles with Magic Shell! This is an easy recipe for a small batch of watermelon popsicles lightened with coconut cream, slightly sweetened with honey, and topped with your very own chocolate Magic Shell!
I am aware that a Labor Day barbecue may require an adult beverage. But to keep my recipes suitable for all ages, they are non-alcoholic. That is not to say that you can’t sneak a little rum or prosecco into any of them!
Features Of These Summer Beverage Recipes
Lemonade – Flavoring lemonade with fruit like strawberry or blueberry may be a must for me going forward. And it all started with my Ginger Lemonade recipe. A reader favorite on the blog!
Frozen – Hot summer days call for cool refreshing drinks. I love that these two refreshers feature frozen fruit in lieu of ice cubes. This means more undiluted flavor!
Peach and Citrus Refersher
Sipping on a Peach and Citrus Refresher is a great way to beat the summer heat! These frozen drinks are refreshing, easy to make, and provide a vibrant yet smooth sip that will have you making a double batch. Tajin Sugar lines the rim of the glass to amp up the citrus with a mild sweet and savory sip.
This refreshing Strawberry Lemonade recipe is made with fresh strawberry sauce that is lightly sweetened with honey. The bright strawberry sauce is combined with tart lemonade, then garnished with a strawberry sugar glass rim and a fresh strawberry slice for a stunning summer beverage!
Simple and refreshing Watermelon Honey Lime Slushies are a delicious way to cool down on a hot day! Fresh frozen watermelon is combined with lime juice and honey for a tart and sweet frozen beverage. Top with whipped cream, and you have a frozen drink that is reminiscent of an ice cream float!
Summertime and lemonade are the classic duo – and this Refreshing Blueberry Lemonade will make you wish it was summer all the time! This easy recipe starts with homemade blueberry simple syrup, then the perfect ratio of lemon juice and water is added for a truly refreshing drink. Make this adult-friendly by adding the spirit of your choice.