27 Last-Minute Recipes for Labor Day


Just invited to a Labor Day cookout and want to bring dessert? Forgot you were asked to bring a side dish to the BBQ? No problem, we're here to save the day. These 27 last-minute appetizer, side dish, and dessert recipes are not only yummy, but they can also be made in a snap.

Chocolate Rainbow Bars"Both my mom and dad worked and I was entrusted...

Chocolate Rainbow Bars

"Both my mom and dad worked and I was entrusted with watching my younger brothers; not a fun job. To keep them in line, I'd tell them if they were good, I'd make this recipe. It didn't always work (them being good) but the cookies never lasted too long. This is so quick too, that if you have the ingredients at home, you can make this for pot luck dinners (for the children in us!)." - Janice

Broccoli Crunch Salad With a Parmesan Twist"Light, crisp, savory, and sweet are...

Broccoli Crunch Salad With a Parmesan Twist

"Light, crisp, savory, and sweet are the words that come to mind when I describe this salad. Everybody wants to make it... there are so many versions and I decided to change mine up a bit with Parmesan cheese... it complements the other flavors so well.... you can adjust the amount of dressing you make depending on how wet you like it.... great for summer gatherings!" - Mary Kay

Yummy Apple Coleslaw"My children never liked coleslaw until I started making it...

Yummy Apple Coleslaw

"My children never liked coleslaw until I started making it with apples! Even their friends like this slaw. It's super easy too." - Diane

Sriracha Lime Corn Salad"Summer is the season for salads and I am...

Sriracha Lime Corn Salad

"Summer is the season for salads and I am a huge fan of corn salads! Not all salads start off with lettuce and corn makes a great base for a salad like this one, especially when the corn is either grilled on the BBQ or lightly charred in a skillet. The grilling or charring adds a nice smokiness to the corn in addition to caramelizing it which brings out its natural sweetness!" - Kevin

Fudgy Brownie Cookies"These cookies will satisfy your chocolate craving. They have the...

Fudgy Brownie Cookies

"These cookies will satisfy your chocolate craving. They have the texture of a brownie!" - Kelli

Giddyup Guacamole"I like to have this on hand to snack with chips...

Giddyup Guacamole

"I like to have this on hand to snack with chips so I don't have to stop and eat a meal. I also like stuffing hard boiled eggs with this." - Natalie

Heavenly Chocolate Mousse Pie"This pie only takes about 10 minutes to prepare....

Heavenly Chocolate Mousse Pie

"This pie only takes about 10 minutes to prepare. I promise you will have the spoons out while you are pouring the mousse into your crust!" - Lisa

Tangy Cheesy Dill Pickle Dip"I came across a similar recipe years ago...

Tangy Cheesy Dill Pickle Dip

"I came across a similar recipe years ago and it was good. I tweaked it a bit and now it's great. This is always a crowd-pleaser and I always get rave reviews. Try it. I serve it with crackers or chips." - Tanya

Strawberry Block Cream Cheese Spread"If you find yourself in a pinch for...

Strawberry Block Cream Cheese Spread

"If you find yourself in a pinch for an appetizer, my Strawberry Block Cream Cheese Spread will save the day! It takes just 5 minutes, or less, to put together. Serve it on a beautiful tray, and a sturdy cracker, and you’re ready!" - Paula

Veggie Cream Cheese Roll-Ups"Easy, bite-size, and good for parties. Good for vegetarians...

Veggie Cream Cheese Roll-Ups

"Easy, bite-size, and good for parties. Good for vegetarians as well, not vegan. I don't like a lot of onion in mine, so I cut a few chives, dice those up and add those instead of green onions. Make them colorful by buying tomato, spinach, or whole wheat flour tortillas." - Donna

Fajita Dip"Next time you're going to make a seven layer again, think...

Fajita Dip

"Next time you're going to make a seven layer again, think again. Try this fantastic fajita dip. The fajita seasoning mixed with chopped chicken and veggies tastes like fajitas from a Mexican restaurant. A cool and creamy cream cheese layer adds an element of tanginess to the dip." - The Kitchen Crew

Texas Trash"A friend of mine shared this recipe and I tweaked the...

Texas Trash

"A friend of mine shared this recipe and I tweaked the recipe to my liking. It's one of the best ooey, gooey, cheesy bean dips I've had in a long time!" - Melissa

Mustard Potato Salad"A good old family standby. This is a must-have for...

Mustard Potato Salad

"A good old family standby. This is a must-have for any family get together. We are on the fourth generation with this recipe." - Beverly

Strawberry Icebox Pie"This no-bake strawberry pie is so simple to make! The...

Strawberry Icebox Pie

"This no-bake strawberry pie is so simple to make! The filling is creamy and fluffy with a tart and sweet flavor. There are bits of strawberry in every bite!" - The Kitchen Crew

Cream Cheese Cake"This cake is loaded with cream cheese. If you love...

Cream Cheese Cake

"This cake is loaded with cream cheese. If you love cream cheese, you love this cake." - Dawn

Creamy 2 Ingredient Nutella Fruit Dip Recipe"Creamy 2 Ingredient Nutella Fruit Dip...

Creamy 2 Ingredient Nutella Fruit Dip Recipe

"Creamy 2 Ingredient Nutella Fruit Dip Recipe is a sinfully good, decadent sweet dip that’s perfect served as an appetizer or dessert. It’s creamy, it’s easy, it’s delicious!" - Paula

Sheet Cake That Tastes Like Brownies"I have made this cake for 39...

Sheet Cake That Tastes Like Brownies

"I have made this cake for 39 years. Ever since I have been married... lol. This is so good. I have not had one person that did not like this." - Brenda-Lee

Brother Ron's Fresh Marinated Summer Salsa"While visiting our relatives, our brother-in-law had...

Brother Ron's Fresh Marinated Summer Salsa

"While visiting our relatives, our brother-in-law had us try this wonderful fresh salsa he made using fresh vegetables from his garden. It was so light and fresh tasting and we couldn't get enough of it. Hope you all like it too." - Valeree

Lemon Dressed Fruit Salad"This is a delicious, refreshing fruit salad that I...

Lemon Dressed Fruit Salad

"This is a delicious, refreshing fruit salad that I made for a family reunion. I am very happy to report that everyone seemed to like it. I hope that you find it a wonderful treat to your taste buds!" - Lori

Grandme's Sweet Dreamy Bars"They have a shortbread-like base and a soft, chewy...

Grandme's Sweet Dreamy Bars

"They have a shortbread-like base and a soft, chewy center. You taste flakes of coconut and chocolate chunks in every bite. The brown sugar mixed in creates a unique topping that's light and crunchy." - The Kitchen Crew

Creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie"Our taste buds fell in love with this...

Creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

"Our taste buds fell in love with this delicious no-bake peanut butter pie. Each layer has a distinct flavor and pair amazingly with each other. Using Nutter Butter cookies for a crust is genius." - Jacqueline

Chewy Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies"These are great when you want something a...

Chewy Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

"These are great when you want something a little different!" - Susan

Avocado Hummus"An addictively good homemade creamy chickpea avocado hummus that is ready...

Avocado Hummus

"An addictively good homemade creamy chickpea avocado hummus that is ready in less than 10 minutes!" - Kevin

Macaroni Salad"This is my great aunt's recipe. Every holiday, she would send...

Macaroni Salad

"This is my great aunt's recipe. Every holiday, she would send a jar of this to our house because she knew I liked it so much! Come to think of it, I'm pretty sure I ate the whole jar!" - Liz

The Best Snickerdoodles"The cookies spread out to a perfectly thin cookie that's...

The Best Snickerdoodles

"The cookies spread out to a perfectly thin cookie that's slightly crisp on the outside and chewy in the middle. The cinnamon sugar coating has just the right amount of cinnamon." - The Kitchen Crew

Graham Cracker Pudding"This is a quick and simple dessert my mama use...

Graham Cracker Pudding

"This is a quick and simple dessert my mama use to make when I was young and I have continued sharing it with my kids. It's delicious." - Erica

Mexican Bruschetta"Add a little twist to the common bruschetta (which I love...

Mexican Bruschetta

"Add a little twist to the common bruschetta (which I love as much) but with a little kick. Enjoy!" - Vera




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