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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    • Star Pound Cake

      Salute our nation's independence with this effortless idea for classic pound cake. Use star-shape cookie cutters -- one 3-inch and one 1-inch -- to cut slices of pound cake and strawberries. Drizzle with our simple Powdered Sugar Icing for a pretty display of red, white, and blue.


    • Berry Trifle

      No special equipment needed for this terrific 4th of July trifle. Simply cube frozen pound cake and pile into a glass bowl with layers of fresh fruit and creamy vanilla pudding. Finish with a sticky-sweet berry sauce.

    • Berry Flag Tart

      What better way to celebrate the 4th of July than with a totally tasty American flag? Fresh, juicy raspberries and blueberries mean every bite is bursting with fruity flavor.

    • Vanilla Cake with Buttercream, Berries, and Jam

      Four layers are better than one when it comes to this simple star-spangled dessert. Stuffed with red and blue berries and creamy white buttercream, classic white cake gets a final festive and fruity spin from strawberry jam.

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    • Berry Slab Pie

      For a fuss-free 4th of July pie, look to frozen puff pastry. Bake it with summer's bounty of fresh berries, sprinkle with sparkling coarse sugar, and cut into bite-size bars that are perfect for potlucks.

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    • Shooting Star Cookies

      Make way for a star-spangled 4th of July buffet with these patriotic cookie sandwiches. Not only do they feature bold colors (red, white, and blue!) and two layers of tasty cookies, these sweet treats burst with sprinkles when broken.

    • Raspberry Sorbet

      Prepare this simple sorbet the night before your 4th of July party for a sweet solution to the hot summer day. Sprinkle with blueberries or blackberries for an added touch of holiday color.

    • Doughnut Hole Cake Pops

      Declare your freedom to get creative with these cute cake pops. After dipping doughnut holes into vanilla candy coating, roll in red and white sprinkles for a decorative ode to the stars and stripes.

    • Sprinkle Stripe Cake

      Get the fireworks started at your 4th of July party with a wow-worthy red, white, and blue cake recipe. Simply decorate your favorite layer cake with our easy design -- to ensure your cake stripes are evenly placed, start on the front of the cake and place the next strip directly across from it on the back side. Then work your way in.

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      Frozen Yogurt Icebox Cake

      Hot summer days like the Fourth of July are perfect for cooling things down with an ice-cold frozen treat. Try our make-ahead icebox cake for your patriotic get-together -- it's fun, delicious, and sure to wow any guest.

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      Berry Tart with Lemon Cookie Crust

      Indulge in a delicious, low-calorie dessert this 4th of July. Our pretty berry tart is made with a lemon-infused, yogurt-base cream that nicely pillows a pile of colorful berries.

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      Rocket Pops

      For a 4th of July dessert that will please kids and adults alike, try our homemade watermelon and pineapple ice pops. Fresh mint and simple syrup add refreshing flavor to the festive frozen treats.

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      Berry Patchwork Tart

      Refreshing summer berries are piled high atop this 4th of July dessert tart. Get your red, white, and blue from strawberries or raspberries, mascarpone cheese, and blueberries or blackberries.

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      Firecracker Party Cake

      Forget red velvet cake -- this red-hot showstopper gets its color from spicy-sweet cinnamon candies. Paired with mild marscarpone frosting and star-shape sprinkles, it's sure to add a spark to your 4th of July.

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      Mini S'mores

      You don't need to sit around a campfire to make these mini summer desserts -- just sandwich marshmallows between graham cracker squares, pop them under the broiler for a few seconds, then dip them in melted chocolate. For a July 4th gathering, sprinkle with festive nonpareils and sprinkles.

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      Cherry-Berry Shortcake Stars

      What says 4th of July dessert more than star-shape treats featuring fresh, seasonal berries? These cherry and blueberry shortcakes are best served with extra berries on the side and a dollop of whipped cream.

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      Sparkler Cupcakes

      Dress up confetti cupcakes with festive, firework-inspired zigzags for a delicious July 4th dessert. The recipe comes together in less than an hour -- perfect for a last-minute party dessert.

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      Apple, Rhubarb, and Raspberry Pie with Almond Star Crust

      Crisp, tart fruit goes into this festive 4th of July dessert that sports a nontraditional piecrust. Use different-size cookie cutters to create the topping, then cut out smaller stars to edge the pie.

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      Strawberry and Rhubarb with Cheesecake Cream

      Stuff Mason jars with this sweet treat for a delicious splash of red and white. Layers of tart rhubarb and strawberries balance fluffy cheesecake in the portable patriotic dessert.

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      Red, White, and Blue Shake

      Nothing tastes better on a hot summer day than a cool, refreshing milk shake. Make it say 4th of July with festive layers of strawberry ice cream, vanilla ice cream, and blueberry smoothie.

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      Homemade Strawberry Pie

      The secret to the best homemade strawberry pie? It's all in the glaze. Learn how to make strawberry pie glaze from scratch with our simple tips and tricks for a showstopping July 4th dessert.

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      Red, White, and Blue Parfaits

      For a sweet 4th of July dessert that isn't packed with calories and fat, try this pretty parfait. Fresh blueberries and strawberries layered between low-fat vanilla yogurt add easy festive flair to this patriotic dessert.

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      Classic Blueberry Ice Cream Pie

      This sensational July 4th dessert comes together with ripe blueberries, vanilla ice cream, and a few kitchen staples. For July 4th pizzazz, add raspberries or strawberries to the topping.

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      Ginger-Pear Star Scones

      These five-star, pear-infused scones get a flavor boost from homemade spiced butter made with crystallized ginger. The star shape fits perfectly with any patriotic celebration.

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      Striped Red Velvet Cake

      Red velvet cake and fluffy cream cheese frosting are already a perfect pair, but fresh blueberries and raspberries add the perfect patriotic touch for this 4th of July dessert.

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      Red, White, and Blueberry Ice Cream Dessert

      This frozen July 4th dessert is festive, fun, and sure to be a hit. Frozen slices of vanilla ice cream and raspberry sorbet make the American flag-inspired treat, which is topped with fresh blueberries and sweet hibiscus syrup.

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      Chocolate-Berry Meringue

      With billows of whipped cream, crunchy chocolate meringue, and juicy berries, this July 4th dessert looks elegant but is simple to make.

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      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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