If you're in need of no-fuss, crowd-pleasing ideas for Labor Day, this post is for you. Full of sweet and savory Summer recipes for this holiday weekend. This post is updated every year with the most relevant content.
Why do we commemorate Labor Day?
It's a holiday that dates back to the 19th century and celebrates worker's movements and their achievements and honors workers in general for their contributions to society.
Worldwide is mostly known as May Day and is celebrated on the 1st of that month.
Make ahead recipes
Several of the recipes in this post can be made ahead and either kept refrigerated or frozen.
Even if you make them a few days before you plan to serve them, it's a great way to divide the task over several days and have more time to entertain and enjoy the holiday weekend.
Check out our Freezer Baking and Desserts guide for more details about freezing baked goods.
I find that this is the perfect event for a great display of easy recipes full of summer colors and bursting flavors.
Easy Little Smokies
The easiest sweet and smoky appetizer ever! There's hardly any prep work (4-ingredients!) and less than 5 minutes on the stove are needed to enjoy this appetizer.
Whether you char or bake the eggplant, this dip has a smoky, deep, fabulous flavor! An easy recipe that is ready in 45 minutes.
Sometimes called focaccia bread, this is a simple dough with few ingredients. The result is spectacular: golden crust, salty and oily in the best possible way, with unparalleled crunchiness.
Easy Baked Ricotta
This simple recipe is a great appetizer that is quick and easy to make. It can be mixed by hand or in the food processor if you want a smoother texture.
Homemade French Onion Dip
This is the ultimate game day and barbecue appetizer with a fantastic dip with caramelized onions. Easy to make and flavorful!
Fresh Peach Chutney
Spicy, sweet, and tangy, this fresh peach chutney has a quality of freshness and is a perfect companion for meats and sandwiches. Make a large batch and take advantage of summer peaches!
Bourbon Barbecue Sauce
Two amazing recipes for the best homemade barbecue sauce. With lots of flavors, easy to make, and they keep for weeks!
Quick Pickled Cucumbers
These are super easy to make and exactly what their name implies: a quick, delicious pickle that keeps very well.
Best Chimichurri Sauce
Authentic recipe from Argentina. Super flavorful, with garlic, parsley, red pepper flakes, oregano, and vinegar, it's the perfect sauce for barbecued meats.
Mushroom Leek Quiche
Quiche is a fancy tart, with a buttery crust and a rich creamy filling. Mushrooms and leeks make this recipe an extraordinary one, full of flavor.
BARS & COOKIES
No holiday cookout or gathering can be without brownies and cookies.
Peanut Butter Brownies
Incredibly gooey and delicious, this recipe takes these little morsels up a million notches! They keep for days and can be frozen.
Mexican Wedding Cookies
Melt-in-your-mouth, easy-to-make almond cookies using 4 ingredients that will bring raves.
These are intense chocolate cookies. They have nuts, a shiny, crackly skin, and a fudgy center with chocolate chips that is gooey and incredibly rich.
Since Lemon Crinkle Cookies are a crowd-pleaser, let me tell you this is the only recipe you'll ever need. They’re simply sensational!
Cheesecake Raspberry Brownies
A layer of chocolate batter is swirled with a cheesecake mixture and raspberries. Fudgy and scrumptious.
Walnut Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Chewy, soft oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips and walnuts. An easy one-bowl cookie dough recipe that can be made ahead and frozen!
CAKES & DESSERTS
I narrowed down my favorite dessert recipes for this time of year, which was difficult.
Old Fashioned Peach Cobbler
A simple peach cobbler with a juicy fruit layer and a simple buttery biscuit topping. A quick and easy recipe that's out of the oven in an hour and can be frozen.
Caramel Apple Dump Cake
This is a very simple recipe. A layer of apple pie filling is topped with the easiest 2-ingredient crumble for a cobbler-like dessert everyone will rave about.
An old-fashioned sheet cake with great chocolate flavor. The top layer is crackly outside but remains gooey and rather soft inside.
Berry Cheesecake Ice Cream
Extremely easy to make and gorgeous, it's an egg-free, no-churn dessert. You can use any berry you want. Simply mix, fill the popsicle molds and freeze!
It has a crunchy cinnamon streusel that you'll want more of and the crumb is fluffy and bursting with grated zucchini. It keeps very well for several days and needs no more than a simple glaze.
Cherry Dump Cake
A super easy fruit dessert that comes together quickly and can be made ahead. It has a layer of cherry pie filling and a cobbler-like topping made with boxed cake mix.
Peach Dump Cake
An easy dessert, similar to a cobbler, that includes a shortcut: cake mix. A layer of juicy peaches with a crunchy topping that bakes to a golden brown and is fantastic!
PIES & TARTS
Traditional pies and wonderful desserts that your pickiest eaters will approve of.
A great seasonal dessert with homemade crust, a sweet, well-balanced filling, lots of strawberry flavor, and cream topping.
This is an easy cheesecake recipe. You'll get more crust and less filling than with a regular cheesecake, and trust me, it's fantastic!
Black Forest Tarts
These tarts have the perfect chocolate crust, a layer of raspberry jam, sweet cherries, whipped cream, and chocolate shards!
A no-bake strawberry dessert, similar to an icebox pie. It has a graham cracker crumb crust, a layer of strawberry sauce, and condensed milk in the filling.
A cookie crust, gooey dulce de leche, a mound of whipped cream, and chocolate shavings. Easy to put together and delicious!
So, these are recipes to celebrate the last of summer days. Enjoy the day and eat deliciously!
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