34 Festive Fourth of July Desserts

updated Jun 28, 2022
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As much as I love all the hamburgers, hot dogs, and classic summer sides, July 4th simply is not complete with a summery dessert. Maybe it’s my sweet tooth or the fact that all the best summer fruit is currently in its prime. When I think about Fourth of July desserts, I get excited for red, white, and blue patriotic sweets, ice cream, gooey s’mores, baked berry desserts, and cool icebox cakes. There’s so much to choose from.

Whether you’re ready to break out the berries for a classic flag cake or cupcakes, bake up a fruity cobbler, assemble a no-bake pie, or dig in to a batch of freshly baked cookies, we’ve got a little something for every dessert lover. No matter what you’re craving, here are more than 30 Fourth of July desserts that are perfect for the occasion.

Red, White, & Blue 4th of July Desserts

Since berries are at their best right now, it’s all too easy to do this. Flag cake is a classic, though you can never go wrong with red, white, and blue cupcakes, cheesecake bars, or a jello mold. Or if you really want to shake things up, grab a packet of Pop Rocks for a batch of firecracker Rice Krispies treats.

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Red White and Blue Popsicles
Rather than food coloring, these popsicles rely on fresh fruit to achieve their colorful layers.
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Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake Bars
Rich and creamy cheesecake bars kissed with lemon and studded with sweet, juicy berries are the answer to what to serve to your favorite people this 4th of July.
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Very Berry 4th of July Cupcakes
These cupcakes are as celebratory as ever: Red raspberries, white cake and buttercream, and blueberries ensure the color scheme is taken care of.
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Firecracker Rice Krispies Treats
Red and blue Pop Rocks not only make these Rice Krispies treats look festive, but they also make these treats seriously fun to eat.
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Flag Cake
This stately, whipped cream-gilded cake has a colorful surprise inside that makes this vanilla-cake-meets-berry-shortcake recipe stand out from the rest.
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Red, White, and Blue Trifle
This celebratory dessert is packed with a medley of red and blue fruits and fit for a crowd.
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Red, White, and Blue Jello Mold
This red, white, and blue gelatin mold is full of real fruit juice and fresh fruit, and there's not a single box of flavored gelatin in sight.
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Easy 4th of July Desserts

You can’t go wrong with a summery fruit crisp or a pan of blondies, brownies, or bars.

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Cherry Crisp
Jammy sweet cherries bubble and bake under a blanket of lemon and brown sugar crispy oat topping.
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S'mores Bars
Making a graham cracker cookie into a s'mores bar that you can take anywhere.
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Easy Summer Cake with Fruit & Cream
Summer demands casual desserts, like this one, that come together easily and feed everyone at the cookout.
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Blueberry Crumb Bars
A buttery oat- and nut-packed crust doubles as a crumb topping in these summery blueberry bars.
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Chocolate Chunk Brownies Recipe
Fudgy, crackly, and chewy, Jerrelle Guy's brownie recipe pulls out all the stops.
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Peach and Raspberry Tart
A box of frozen puff pastry makes this summery dessert feel fancy, while keeping it super easy to pull off.
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Deep-Dish Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
Whether you eat this deep dish skillet cookie when it's warm and straight from the oven or let it cool and eat it by the slice, there's no wrong approach.
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Cherry Pie Bars
Sweet cherries are unmistakably the star of this easy summer dessert, although I have no doubt you'll love the almond-scented, buttery crust just as much.
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Strawberry Blondies
Fresh strawberry halves dot the surface leaving you to bite into juicy, candy-like flavor in between bites of buttery, cookie-like goodness.
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S'mores Brownies
Everything you love about classic s'mores baked into a rich, chewy brownie.
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Graham Cracker Cookies
These graham cracker cookies possess the qualities of any desirable cookie: crispy around the edges, with a super-soft, chewy center.
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Strawberry Cake Mix Brownies
Here's an easy way to turn a box of strawberry cake mix into dense, chewy brownies, topped with swirls of cream cheese frosting.
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Ice Cream Sandwiches for a Crowd
Easy, impressive, and refreshing.
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Berry Trifle
This impressive berry trifle is sure to be the star of your next summer cookout or celebration.
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Alyse Whitney's Korean-ish Brown Butter Blondies
Savory, then sweet — as if a butterscotch blondie and a salted chocolate chip cookie got together … then added doenjang, a Korean fermented soybean paste, to the party.
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No-Bake 4th of July Desserts

Good news: you don’t need to turn on the oven to make a totally delicious (and impressive dessert). Icebox cakes are always a hit, and if you plan to have the grill fired up, you’ve got to try grilling a batch of Rice Krispies treats.

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No-Bake Sheet Pan Lemon Yogurt Tart
This no-bake sheet pan lemon tart is big enough for all your get-togethers. If it doesn’t win you over with its sweet bite, the supreme ease of it sure will.
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Watermelon Roll
Learn how to make this chain restaurant classic, plus a two-ingredient watermelon sorbet.
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Strawberry Oreo Icebox Cake
In this easy no-bake dessert, Oreo cookies and sweet strawberry slices are layered with cookies-and-cream whipped cream.
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No-Bake Cookies
This step-by-step recipe for classic no-bake cookies will set you up for success every single time.
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Easy No-Bake Cheesecake
This no-bake cheesecake is impossibly smooth without a hint of graininess, perfectly creamy and tangy, and complete with a buttery graham cracker crust.
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Peach Delight Icebox Cake
Prosecco and mascarpone elevate this classic icebox cake and make it the perfect easy dessert for summer.
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Red Fruit Salad with Lemon-Vanilla Bean Syrup
A light lemon-vanilla syrup makes this vibrant feel fancy.
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Peanut Butter Scotcheroos
Imagine if Rice Krispies treats had a run-in with a jar of peanut butter and then doused with a melted medley of chocolate and butterscotch chips.
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No-Bake Banana and Peanut Butter Caramel Icebox Cake Recipe
It’s the ultimate peanut butter lover’s cake for summertime and picnics and potlucks.
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Grilled Rice Krispies Treats
Grilled Rice Krispies treats are gooey, caramelized, and the most magical thing you can make while the grill is still hot.
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Dragon Fruit Salad Recipe
The next time your fruit salad routine is feeling kinda stale, here’s a smart and simple strategy that will instantly jazz things up: Pick up a fun fruit that you might not buy all the time and instead of cubing the fruit, grab a melon baller. Scooping the fruit into bite-sized balls and tossing in dragon fruit gives basic fruit salad a fun and impressive twist.
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Cheese Pie
This sweet pie is made with a handful of basic ingredients you probably already have tucked away in your pantry.
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