Fun July 4th Dessert: Berry Flag Tart

The star of your patriotic menu will be this flag-shape dessert featuring bright red raspberries, tart blueberries, and dough cut in stripes and star shapes. Despite the masterpiece finish, it's actually quite simple to make.

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Easy 4th of July Decorations

Decorate your home in the spirit of Independence Day with our red, white, and blue 4th of July decorations. From flags to fireworks, these easy decorations cover every July 4th theme you can think of -- and they're cute to boot.

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Our Favorite July 4th Recipes

Take the guesswork out of creating a delicious spread of 4th of July food. Our July 4th entrees (hot dogs! ribs!), drinks (punch! sangria!), side dishes (fruit and pasta salads!), and desserts (mmm, pie) make organizing a patriotic potluck a breeze.

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Festive July 4th Desserts

Celebrate Independence Day with these festive 4th of July desserts! With star-shape scones and piecrusts, tempting tarts, colorful shakes, and fresh berries, these recipes for 4th of July desserts are sure to stand out at your patriotic celebration.

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Easy 4th of July Party Ideas

Gather your friends and use these patriotic decorating, entertaining, and recipe ideas for this year's 4th of July celebration. From festive star banners and refreshing watermelon coolers to raveworthy party favors and more, your 4th of July party is bound to be summer's biggest shindig.

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4th of July Cake Recipes

Headed to a 4th of July potluck? Cakes are a dreamy way to end the day (well, that and fireworks), and our collection of berry-topped cakes, lush chocolate cakes, swirled sprinkle cakes, and layered red velvet cakes are worth their own oohs and aahs.

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Coconut Cream Island Punch

Make our DIY party cocktail -- that includes just a few tasty ingredients -- for an adults-only drink everyone can agree on. Cut-up star fruit provides a gorgeous base inside your drink pitcher.

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Christmas Cookies Kids Can Help Make

From cute meringue mice to cheery holiday snowmen, these festive and simple sweets are fun to make with little ones.

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    • Marshmallow Snowmen

      Sweet and good to eat, these portly pals create an afternoon of fun with the kids. Mini chocolate pieces make the eyes and buttons; pretzel sticks make the arms.

    • Chocolate Gingerbread People

      For a fresh twist on classic gingerbread cutouts, add chocolate to the mix. Dress them up with Powdered Sugar Icing and your favorite candies.

    • Cute L'il Meringue Mice

      These fluffy mice are as simple to make as they are cute. Almond slivers make the ears, licorice forms the tail, and chocolate decorating gel is all you need to create the eyes and nose.

    • Chocolate Reindeer

      These cute cookies start with a chewy chocolate base. Your favorite chocolate candy makes the eyes, red gumdrops the nose, and salty pretzels the antlers.

    • Sugar Cookie Carolers

      Make a batch of these cherubic carolers to hand out as party favors. Or set up a station in your kitchen and allow your child's friends to make their own.

    • Decorated Christmas Balls

      Kids of all ages will love to decorate these easy cookies using colored sugars and sprinkles, gumdrops, and small candies.

    • Holiday Snowman

      The simplest and sweetest way to decorate these sweet snowmen is with a glaze of powdered sugar icing, miniature chocolate chip eyes and buttons, and a gumdrop piece for a nose.

    • Snickerdoodle Sandwiches

      It's hard to go wrong with this classic holiday favorite -- and these cookies are so simple that little fingers can easily put them together. The creamy cinnamon-and-honey filling features a delightful surprise: raisins.

    • Gingerbread Friends Garland

      Sweet to eat and beautiful to look at, this classic cookie doubles as a gorgeous holiday decoration. Give each of them eyes, a nose, a mouth, and buttons using miniature cinnamon or cherry candies and icing.

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      Peanut Butter and Banana Drops

      These moist cookies combine three kid favorites -- chocolate, peanut butter, and banana -- and they bake up with just four ingredients. Add an extra festive touch by decorating them with red coarse sugar.

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      Two-Tone Cookie Crinkles

      Sandwich rich mocha frosting between these chocolate-and-vanilla cookies. For cute mini cookies, bake and frost the cut-out centers.

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      Candy Cane Cookies

      The crisp chocolate cutouts are drizzled with melted white chocolate and then sprinkled with chopped peppermint candies. Present them in a small red bucket that's pretty enough to display on a holiday table.

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      Peanut Butter and Chocolate Pinwheels

      To save time, cut the chilling step of these homemade slice-and-bake icebox cookies in half by stashing the dough logs in the freezer for about 30 minutes or until they are firm enough to slice.

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      Holiday Cookie Pizza

      A sugar cookie crust is topped with creamy frosting and an assortment of candy to create a simple dessert your kids will love. Set out bowls of candy and let the kids decorate it themselves.

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      Chocolate Carnutty Bars

      With creamy chocolate, salty peanuts, and gooey caramel, these decadent bar cookies taste like a candy bar. For an extra-special treat serve them warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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      Berry-Sage Thumbprints

      This recipe puts a fresh and fruity spin on classic holiday thumbprint cookies. Serve them with cinnamon ice cream.

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      Banana Crunch Bars

      Fresh banana slices, creamy milk chocolate, and peanut butter pieces layered on top of a crisp chocolate crust creates the ultimate after-dinner indulgence.

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