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15 Gloriously Messy Treats to Properly Send Off Summer

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There are times for icy granitas, for delicate pastries, for meltingly creamy puddings. Labor Day is not it.

Here's how I see it: Labor Day's timing makes it a glowy, golden celebration of summer—of the gorgeous fruit, the sticky hot days that we complain about now but will miss as soon as we trade them for cooler ones. And the barbecues and picnics that come with it mean it's the ideal opportunity to plunk yourself down in the grass with one of the gloriously messy, crowd-feeding, explosion-type desserts. These 15 treats are the only way to properly send off summer:

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake Ice Cream Sandwiches
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake Ice Cream Sandwiches
Simple Summer Peach Cake
Simple Summer Peach Cake
Martha Stewart's Slab Pie
Martha Stewart's Slab Pie
Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches
Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches
Strawberry S’mores Sundae
Strawberry S’mores Sundae
Brown Butter Blondies
Brown Butter Blondies
The Ice Cream Sandwich With A Cult Following—& How to Make it Yourself
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The Ice Cream Sandwich With A Cult Following—& How to Make it Yourself
Zucchini Cupcakes with Lemon-Dill Frosting
Zucchini Cupcakes with Lemon-Dill Frosting
No-Cook Blackberry-Lemon Ice Cream
No-Cook Blackberry-Lemon Ice Cream
Choco Tacos
Choco Tacos
Peachy Buttermilk Sherbet
Peachy Buttermilk Sherbet
Third Generation Peach Pie
Third Generation Peach Pie
Yeast-Raised Waffles (and a Sundae Suggestion)
Yeast-Raised Waffles (and a Sundae Suggestion)
Oregon Bounty Berry Buckle
Oregon Bounty Berry Buckle
Burnt Cinnamon Toast & Chocolate S'more
Burnt Cinnamon Toast & Chocolate S'more

What's the dessert that says "summertime" to you? Tell us about it in the comments.