Yes, we love day-long baking projects, and you can bet we’re going to labor over stunning cakes and pies worthy of Instagram stardom. But over holiday weekends, like Labor Day, what we love even more than a pièce de résistance is something that’s sweet, simple, and satisfying. For the best Labor Day dessert recipes, we thought we’d reach into our archives for easy, make-ahead summer desserts that follow the Nigella Lawson mantra: Minimum effort, maximum pleasure. Read on for the Labor Day desserts we can’t wait to make this summer. So here are 44 no-fuss, totally delicious, make-ahead dessert recipes to enjoy from now until Labor Day—from speedy peanut butter and chocolate bars to citrusy no-bake cheesecake.
1. Key Lime Pie
For an intense, juicy lime flavor, use a combination of both lime juice and lime zest when you make this Florida Keys classic. Don’t sleep on the graham cracker crust, made with unsalted butter and heavy cream, either; it’s as good as it gets.