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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Gingerbread Cookies

This holiday season, get the kids involved in making classic gingerbread cookies for party treats, favors, gifts, or tree decorations. We've got gingerbread drop cookies, spiral cookies, and creative cutouts that are perfect for your next Christmas cookie exchange.


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    • Giant Ginger Cookies

      These delicious, chewy ginger cookies are a reader favorite. Roll them in coarse sugar for a touch of sparkle and crunch.

    • 3-D Gingerbread Trees

      Get lost in the enchantment of our top-rated gingerbread forest. Not only do these cookies look and taste great, but they're also easy to make.

    • Gingerbread Cutouts

      Create traditional gingerbread cutouts with this classic cookie recipe. Pair them with a batch of our easy powdered sugar icing, and hand them over to the kids for decorating.

    • Gingerbread Madeleines

      This classic French cookie gets a holiday twist with fragrant seasonal spices like nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon. Sprinkle them with powdered sugar for snowlike sweets.

    • Spicy Gingerbread Twigs

      Cayenne pepper and brewed coffee spice up these cute gingerbread strips. Each crunchy cookie has just 30 calories, and they can be bundled and tied with a bow for a beautiful holiday gift.

    • Step-by-Step Spicy Gingerbread Twigs

      We've taken classic gingerbread cookies and styled them into snack-size sticks perfect for a holiday party. Watch as our senior food editor shows you how to make these simple, sweet treats.

    • Santa-Size Gingerbread Cookies

      Sweet molasses flavors these giant gingerbread cookies that are the perfect dessert to leave out for Santa. Serve plain or with our easy powdered sugar icing.

    • Gingerbread Stars

      Upgrade refrigerated gingerbread cookie dough by cutting it into festive star shapes. Dip in white chocolate and serve at your next cookie-exchange party.

    • Classic Gingerbread Cutouts

      These top-rated gingerbread cutouts have all the delicious spices you look forward to in the classic Christmas cookie. Decorate them with colored meringue icing, then gobble them up or give as gifts.

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      Striped Ginger Cookies

      Intertwine refrigerated sugar cookie and gingerbread doughs to make these kid-favorite treats with just three ingredients.

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      Gingerbread-Espresso Spirals

      Made with refrigerated sugar cookie and gingerbread doughs, these top-rated spiral cookies are easy to make. A hint of espresso powder elevates the Christmas cookies from basic to delicious.

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      Chocolate-Gingerbread Drops

      Chunks of chocolate and dried red cherries fill these moist gingerbread drop cookies. Plus, they can be frozen for up to three months, so you can enjoy them even after the holidays are over.

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      Peppered Orange Gingerbread Cutouts

      Ginger is just one of the spices in this timeless cutout-cookie recipe. Use your favorite cookie cutters to personalize the orange-infused gingerbread.

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      Favorite Gingerbread Cookies

      Made with whole wheat flour for a little health boost, these gingerbread cutouts get their flavor from molasses, cinnamon, cloves, and grated fresh ginger. Top them with our cream cheese frosting, a bit of food coloring, and nonpareils to add color to your holiday cookie plate.

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      Gingerbread Teddy Bears

      These teddy bear desserts are made from molasses-spice cookies. For the cutest cookies, be sure to form the balls into the sizes directed.

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      Gingerbread House Cookies

      Your kids will love helping out with this fun and tasty holiday cookie recipe. After just 7 minutes in the oven, the gingerbread house cookies are ready to be decorated with your children's favorite candies.

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      Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

      Improve traditional gingerbread cookies with the addition of everyone's favorite dessert ingredient: chocolate! This twist on the classic cookie just might become your new favorite.

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      Warm and Cozy Fall Desserts

      Celebrate in-season flavors with our luscious fall desserts. Boasting ingredients such as pumpkin and apple and spices such as cinnamon and ginger, our cozy fall dessert recipes are just right for a crisp autumn night. Make one of these fall dessert recipes this season.
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