Recipe Round-Up: Cookout-Worthy Desserts

Harrison made the mistake of telling me we’re going to a cookout when I visit him in Philly in three weeks, which means I’ve already started planning out what I’m going to bring (he volunteered me to make dessert—my favorite!). The party’s a few days before the Fourth of July, so I really want to whip up something that screams all-American.

And when it comes to sweets, is there anything more American than strawberry shortcake, cupcakes, cherry pie and S’mores? Here a few recipes that put a modern spin on these old-fashioned favorites:

Clockwise from top left: Strawberry shortcake with made-from-scratch biscuits as cake, via Real Simple; Beer cupcakes with beer-and-bacon-flavored icing, via 1 Fine Cookie; Roast cherries and vanilla mascarpone whipped cream, via InStyle; and S'mores cakes made in a slow cooker, via Betty Crocker.

Clockwise from top left: Strawberry Shortcake with made-from-scratch biscuits as cake, via Real Simple; Beer Cupcakes with beer-and-bacon-flavored icing, via 1 Fine Cookie; Roast Cherries and Vanilla Mascarpone Whipped Cream, via InStyle; and Fudgy S’mores Cakes made in a slow cooker, via Betty Crocker.

Harrison has already cast his vote for strawberry shortcake, but which of these do you think would be the biggest crowd-pleaser?

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