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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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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.Go to Recipe
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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Jammy sweet cherries bubble and bake under a blanket of lemon and brown sugar crispy oat topping.Go to Recipe
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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.Go to Recipe
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Fresh strawberry halves dot the surface leaving you to bite into juicy, candy-like flavor in between bites of buttery, cookie-like goodness.Go to Recipe
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This impressive berry trifle is sure to be the star of your next summer cookout or celebration.Go to Recipe
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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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.Go to Recipe
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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.Go to Recipe
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This sweet pie is made with a handful of basic ingredients you probably already have tucked away in your pantry. Go to Recipe