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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Classic Christmas Cookies

Need a go-to Christmas cookie recipe? Chocolate chip, peanut butter, gingerbread, sugar cookie cutouts -- all the classic cookies are here. No hard-to-find ingredients; just pure, unaltered, classic cookie recipes like the ones handed down by Grandma.

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    • Vanilla Spritz

      A cookie press gives these butter cookies their traditional shape. In a pinch, a heavy-duty pastry bag tightly fitted with a larger tip makes a decent substitute; be sure the dough is slightly softened for easier piping.

    • Peanut Butter Blossoms

      The dynamic duo of chocolate and peanut butter will forever keep this cookie recipe on the favorite-cookies list. Whether your family tops them with chocolate kisses or chocolate stars is up to you -- we promise both options are delicious.

    • The Best Sugar Cookies

      If you can make only one cookie recipe this holiday season, this best-loved sugar cookie should be it. Rolling, shaping, baking, and decorating Christmas cookies is a tradition that gets the entire family involved generation after generation.

    • Essential Chocolate Chip Cookies

      No collection of classic cookies would be complete without the quintessential chocolate chip cookie recipe. With melty morsels of semisweet chocolate nestled in buttery cookie dough, this cookie is hard for anyone to resist.

    • Crispy or Chewy? The Choice Is Yours!

      Put yourself in full control of whether your cookies turn out soft or crispy by picking the right fat option. Which will you choose?

    • Snickerdoodles

      The simple snickerdoodle is all about balancing the right amount of dough to the cinnamon-sugar coating. The sizes and amounts here will produce the classic cookie you know and love.

    • Crinkle Cookies

      Get a head start on holiday baking by chilling this crinkle cookie dough for up to 24 hours. You can also store baked cookies in the freezer for up to three months to pull out when guests come knocking.

    • Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

      Chilling this sweet and salty dough before shaping it into balls prevents the cookies from spreading and makes them easier to handle. To speed up the process, cover the dough and place it in the freezer for one-third of the chilling time.

    • Gingerbread Cutouts

      The aroma of these spiced cookies wafting through the house will have everyone running as fast as they can to gobble up a gingerbread man.

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      Sandies

      Delicate pecan flavor makes these powdered-sugar-coated cookies hard to resist. Maybe that's why this sandies recipe is a classic.

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      Melt-in-Your-Mouth Sugar Cookies

      Sometimes basic is best, as these oh-so-tender sugar cookies prove. Using both butter and shortening ensures flavorful and supersoft cookies everyone will rave about.

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      Chocolate Palmiers

      These pretty pinwheels, sometimes known as "elephant ears," are often made with puff pastry dough. For a holiday twist on the classic, substitute a peppermint filling.

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      Raspberry Sugar Cookie Sandwiches

      The Christmas cookie platter wouldn't be complete without charming Linzer cookies. We've sandwiched sweet raspberry preserves between powdered sugar-sifted cookies for a sweet treat both kids and adults will love.

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      Brown Sugar and Hazelnut Spirals

      Spiral dough is just one easy option for simple slice-and-bake Christmas cookies. This version uses a swirl of brown sugar, ground filberts, and chocolate-hazelnut spread for holiday cookies that taste as good as they look.

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      Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies

      You can make these chewy cookies in a variety of sizes -- one or two bites, or a giant grown-up cookie. Each oatmeal cookie is packed with spiced raisins and sweet cinnamon oats.

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      Bumpy Road Fudge

      Our no-bake fudge studded with marshmallows and pecans is the ultimate holiday treat. Guests won't want to wait to sink their teeth into the wonderfully soft texture of this classic fudge recipe.

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      Peppermint-Stripe Meringues

      Meringue cookies are a light and low-calorie classic thanks to their combination of whipped egg whites and sugar. Pipe them into your desired shape, and decorate with festive food coloring.

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      Giant Ginger Cookies

      Chewy and delicious, these Christmas cookies are giant in size and ginger flavor. Dark molasses lends the most intense flavor, while light molasses makes a milder cookie.

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      Linzer Pinwheels

      For pretty, Austrian-inspired cookies, slather buttery cookie dough with raspberry preserves, and then slice into spirals and bake. Make and share them all year long!

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      Decorate Cookies with Icing!

      Kick cookie decorating up a notch with our Test Kitchen secrets to success. Learn both marbled and filigree icing effects to make a dazzling decorating impression on your holiday guests.

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      Classic Whoopie Pies

      These soft and scrumptious cookie sandwiches hold timeless childhood appeal. Transform them for any occasion by switching up the creamy filling or adding holiday-specific flavor combinations.

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      Fat Molasses Cookies

      Sprinkled with coarse sugar or crystallized ginger, these big, soft cookies look like they came straight from the bakery. Cinnamon and ground ginger add nice holiday spice.

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      Monster Chocolate-Toffee Cookies

      We love a good monster cookie -- with their crunchy toffee pieces, toasty pecans, and gooey chocolate, it's hard not to. This season, use red and green chocolate candies for added holiday cheer.

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      Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pumpkin Cookies

      Thanks to the soft, cakey texture and generous slathering of velvety frosting, this pumpkin-and-spice cookie recipe is a hands-down favorite.

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      Almond Icebox Rounds

      Homemade icebox cookies have long kept Christmas cookie prep breezy. Ditch the cookie cutters and try these deliciously rich and buttery almond cookies for your next holiday party.

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      No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls

      Every holiday host loves a no-bake dessert because it frees up the oven for more holiday goodies. These no-bake candies have a glossy chocolate exterior, but inside waits a pleasant nutty crunch.

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      Hazelnut Biscotti

      Double-baking these nutty biscotti gives them their crunchy texture, making them perfect for dunking into a mug of hot cocoa, coffee, or tea.

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      Madeleine Cookies

      Crisp, buttery French madeleines are easy to make but quick to disappear. Smear with vanilla bean buttercream icing and crushed peppermint for perfectly festive cookies.

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      Coconut Macaroons

      Lemon peel and juice add bright citrus undertones to these classic macaroon cookies. A crispy outside and chewy inside showcase the perfect texture of sweet coconut.

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      Shortbread

      Flour, sugar, and butter are the only three ingredients in this crisp holiday cookie favorite. Given their simplicity, these cookies are surprisingly addictive.

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