Red, White and Blue Desserts ... One Last Time!

Give the red, white and blue dessert palette a last hurrah this Labor Day weekend with these festive, simple sweets.

Ina Garten's Flag Cake for All American as seen on Food Network's Barefoot Contessa

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Alice Gao, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Some of our favorite summer desserts are red, white and blue. They’re the perfect combination of patriotism and seasonality: We usher in the season on Memorial Day, with fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries shining in flag cakes, cobblers and crisps, then pull out all the stops with patriotic treats come the 4th of July. Give the red, white and blue dessert palette a last hurrah this Labor Day weekend with these festive, simple sweets. They’ll send summer off with a proper salute.

Ina Garten decorates a moist, simple sheet cake with cream cheese frosting and fresh raspberries and blueberries to make it a showstopper. It’s a crowd-pleasing end to any Labor Day cookout or picnic.

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Sunny Anderson’s quick trifle uses premade angel food cake that’s decoratively layered with strawberries, blueberries and cream.

Sweeten your end-of-summer celebration with these crunchy-creamy bars. The cheesecake layer is the perfect yin to the yang of the crackly rice cereal. Make the bars a day ahead, then cut and top with berries before serving.

These hand-held tarts are topped with pastry cream and fresh berries. Cut-out pastry stars make them extra fun and festive.

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Here’s a new take on the classic flag cake: miniature tart shells filled with mascarpone cream and decorated with blueberries and strawberries.

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Photo by: Jeff Harris

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With store-bought sugar cookie mix, a little red and blue food coloring and whipped cream, anyone can make this towering patriotic icebox cake.

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