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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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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Ways to Make Red, White, and Blue Desserts

Looking for a showstopping, star-spangled 4th of July dessert? Whether you use food coloring, fruit, or candy, try some of our patriotic ways to make red, white, and blue desserts.

#1: Include Berries

Because of their naturally bright colors and fresh, summery taste, berries are perfect for 4th of July dessert decorating. Here are some ways to use them:

  • Make a simple berry-topped tart.
  • Stay with the traditional and bake a blueberry, cranberry, or strawberry-rhubarb pie.
  • Top cupcakes or cake with halved strawberries and a sprinkling of blueberries.
  • Serve crackers with raspberries, cream cheese, and blueberries for a star-spangled snack.
  • Put a patriotic twist on traditional s'mores by adding a layer of strawberry jam on one of the graham crackers.
  • Make strawberry and blueberry smoothies or ice cream, complete with whipped cream topping or toasted coconut.
  • Use dried fruit as an alternative to food coloring to create red, white, and blue dessert decorations. Place dried strawberries and blueberries directly on the cake, or buy freeze-dried fruit and use a food processor to grind them into a powder. Sprinkle the powder over your dessert for natural, vibrant red and blue.
  • Mix raspberries, bananas, and blueberries into cereal or yogurt, or make red-white-and-blue layered parfaits.

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#2: Add Candy and Sprinkles

Add extra sweetness to your 4th of July dessert using red, white, and blue candy or sprinkles.

  • Let the kids decorate cookies, cupcakes, or our mini s'mores using red, white, and blue sprinkles. Look for star-shape sprinkles, red and blue gumdrops, or jelly beans for even more fun.
  • Mix red and blue candy-coated chocolate candies into crispy rice cereal treats, or try a fun spin-off, such as substituting popcorn for the cereal.
  • Dress up cupcakes or cakes with festive sparklers made from candy coating.

#3: Use Food Coloring

There's a reason food coloring is the go-to method for making red, white, and blue desserts: It's a quick and easy way to make gorgeous, vibrant treats. To make your own 4th of July dessert in a snap, mix blue or red food coloring into your batter or frosting.

  • Food Coloring in Batter: For patriotic cakes and cupcakes, tint basic vanilla cake batter. Go with all red, adding white frosting as an accent. To get all three colors, split the batter in three, coloring one third red and one third blue; leave the remaining third uncolored to serve as a white stripe.

    Editor's Tip:
    When coloring batter, look for gel paste or powdered food coloring -- the liquid kind will alter the consistency of the batter.

  • Food Coloring in Frosting: Make a fun pattern or design with red, white, and blue frostings for a festive 4th of July dessert. Frost red and white stripes onto your dessert, or make each cookie or cupcake a separate color.

    Editor's Tip:
    To create red and blue ribbons of color in white frosting, use food coloring to paint two stripes opposite each other on the inside of a decorating bag. Fill the bag with white frosting, and as you squeeze the frosting out, watch as red and blue ribbons appear.

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Bonus Idea: Star Shapes!


Get stylish this 4th of July with stunning star-shape treats. Using a star-shape cookie cutter, you can make starry scones and pie tops, bright, shining shortcakes, and more. Here are a few recipes sure to bring on the oohs and ahhs:


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