Labor Day is upon us. The unofficial end of summer. The day filled with bbq parties, sandy toes and pool side fun...it is also a day filled with food and gratefulness. Gratefulness that we can put our bathing suits away and slip into snuggly clothes and eat fries (not that we haven't all summer but now we will feel less guilty about it)
But what we love most about this holiday is...you guessed it...THE FOOD. Not just the delicious veggie burgers, chips and guacamole and grilled veggies but the fun desserts! Here are our 3 favorites...they are super easy, pretty fast and make a huge impact to your friends and your taste buds.
Fruit Pizza- This is our favorite by far. A childhood favorite is still our go to summer dessert. It's everything you want it to be and more. Summer gifts us with the best fruit there is so lets celebrate with it!
Sugar cookie dough- store bought or home made...we love these from Minimalist Baker
8 oz Tofutti Cream Cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup apricot preserves
1 tablespoon water
4 cups of summer fruit
Preheat oven to 375degrees
Line 12 inch pizza pan (or any round pan) with tin foil and oil sparingly
Press cookie dough down to cover pan in a layer to cover pan
Bake for 14 minutes. Take out of the oven and cool completely
Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until creamy and smooth. Spread to bottom of cooled cookie crust. Top cream cheese spread with fruit in a cute pattern. Mix preserves with water until smooth
Spread over fruit and refrigerate 2 hours. Cut into pizza slices and serve
What good are summer fruits if you can't make a fruit crisp with them? This peach crisp will get your toes twitching and mouths tingling. We make this all summer...it's almost too easy!
8 Fresh peaches or berries (we love to mix up the berries for sweet and tart)
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup cold earths balance butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup oats
Preheat oven to 350degrees
Slice and place peaches or berries into a 8x8 glass baking dish
Mix all ingredients (except for fruit) by hands in a bowl until crumbly and fully blended.
Sprinkle on peaches. Bake for 30 minutes until bubbly and golden
Oh summer...thank you for your golden rays of warmth and thank you for making cookie sandwiches oh so important when we need to cool down a bit and act like a kid again.
Take not fully baked cookies (bake a few minutes less than you think you should) make sure they are cooled. Spread them with softened vanilla ice cream (we love So Delicious- you would NEVER know it's vegan...ever) and top with another cookie to make a sandwich. Use a knife to scape extra ice cream from sides and make even.
Freeze sandwiches for 1 hour.
Take out of freezer and roll sides into sprinkles of your choice and place back into freezer for 30 minutes. Take out and serve
Have an amazing Labor Day...enjoy your friends, family, summer, food, and knowing you don't have another holiday to worry about until Halloween!