Festive Fourth of July Desserts

From chocolate-berry meringue to trifles with festively colored berries, these creative Fourth of July recipes will make your holiday celebration even sweeter. Try one or two, or make several recipes for a dessert buffet.

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Star-Spangled Pound Cake

    Give pound cake the star treatment for a Fourth of July celebration. Use a 3-inch star-shape cookie cutter to cut slices of homemade pound cake (see our recipe, below) and use a 1-inch star-shape cookie cutter to cut strawberries for the ultimate patriotic presentation. To make the star-shape strawberries, cut off the green tops, slice them in half top to bottom, and cut with the 1-inch cookie cutter. Drizzle the star cakes with a store-bought sugar glaze, top with fresh blueberries, and serve.

Makes: 24 servings
Serving size: 2 loaves
Prep   20 mins 
Bake  1 hr 15 mins  300°F 
Red, White, and Blueberry Ice Cream Dessert

    This frozen dessert is festive, fun, and sure to be a hit. To make it, freeze slices of vanilla and raspberry sorbet in loaf pans overnight. Top with fresh blueberries and our easy-to-make syrup.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Freeze  5 hrs  to 6 hrs 
Stand   30 mins 
Patriotic Berry Trifle

    Mix red and blue fruit (we used blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries) into a creamy vanilla and cubed pound cake mixture for a simple and delicious Fourth of July dessert.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Chill  4 hrs 
Vanilla Cake with Buttercream, Berries, and Jam

    This festive layered cake is great for presentation at any Fourth of July party. Elevate it on a cake stand for majestic presence.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Cool   10 mins 
Bake   22 mins  to  25 mins  350°F 
Red, White, and Blue Parfaits

    For a sweet treat that doesn't pack on the pounds, try this pretty parfait. Layer blueberries, low-fat vanilla yogurt, and strawberries in a tall glass; serve cold. For an alternative to vanilla yogurt, try strawberry or raspberry.

Makes: 6 servings
Start to Finish   15 mins 
Classic Blueberry Ice Cream Pie

    This sensational seasonal dessert comes together with ripe blueberries, vanilla ice cream, and a few kitchen staples.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Chill  2 hrs 
Freeze  8 hrs  to 24 hrs 
Chocolate-Berry Meringue

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

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   5 mins 
Berries Romanoff

    Cool off on the Fourth of July with this refreshing berries-and-cream dessert that's easy to make and almost too pretty to eat.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Chill  5 hrs  to 25 hrs 
Sparkler Cupcakes

    Dress up confetti cupcakes with festive, firework-inspired zigzags made from red, white, and blue candy coating disks to make an eye-catching Fourth of July treat.

Makes: 12 servings
Serving size: 12 (2-1/2 inch) cupcakes
Prep   45 mins 
Microwave   1 min 
Berry-Lemon Napoleon

    Fresh raspberries and blueberries are tucked between layers of luscious lemon filling and crispy pastry -- creating a stack of delicious goodness for a Fourth of July dessert.

Makes: 5 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   8 mins  to  10 mins  350°F 
Cinnamon Candied Apples

    This summer spin on dipped apples can't be beat. A sugary cinnamon coating gives the fruit a touch of spice; serve the apples on a layer of fresh blueberries.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cool  1 hr 
Cook   30 mins 
Easy Berry Cheesecakes

    A swirl of cream cheese frosting and a few berries are all it takes to transform vanilla cupcakes into a colorful patriotic treat.

Makes: 12 servings
Start to Finish  1 hr 
Berry Pudding Cake

    A layer of vanilla cake bakes over fresh blueberries and strawberries -- creating a light dessert that's just right for a hot Fourth of July night.

Fourth of July Fruit Tart

    Mini star-shape sugar cookies sit atop this tart with festive raspberries and blueberries for the ultimate patriotic dessert.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Bake   12 mins  375°F 
Fourth of July Cherry-Cola Cake

    Your guests will never guess that this beautiful dessert starts with a cake mix. A simple-to-make vanilla frosting dresses it up. Top each slice with a bright red cherry.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake  350°F according to package directions
Cool  1 hr 
Berry Truffle Pie

    This special-occasion dessert features an irresistible flavor pairing -- fresh berries and creamy chocolate. Serve it with vanilla frozen yogurt.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Chill  4 hrs 
Cool   30 mins 
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