45 Fourth of July Desserts That Will Make Your Holiday Sparkle
4th of July Cookie Pizza
Red, White, and Blue Donut Shortcakes
Star-Spangled Birthday Cake
America deserves an all-out birthday cake, and we're obsessed with the sparklers and confetti on this one. Make your own sparkler cake toppers by covering bamboo skewers in metallic washi tape and layering fringed tissue paper ($2, Target) at the top. We used edible confetti (made from cut-up sugar sheets) and a decorated sugar cookie in the shape of a 4 to finish off the look.
Boozy Patriotic Pop
Not every dessert has to have red, white, and blue to be festive this holiday. With star cutouts on top instead of a flaky piecrust, this loaded blueberry 4th of July pie is sure to outshine the parade candy. It's so easy to create with a large star cookie cutter ($7, Walmart). Psst...the crust tastes like a buttery sugar cookie!
Star Pound Cake
Berry Flag Tart
Fresh, juicy raspberries and blueberries mean every bite of this red, white, and blue dessert is bursting with fruity flavor. Creatively cut and placed pastry bring the stars and stripes to life atop this Fourth of July tart treat. Serve with ice cream on the side so party guests can enjoy a la mode if they like.
Zero special equipment is required for this terrific Fourth of July trifle. Simply cube frozen pound cake and pile into a glass trifle bowl ($15, World Market) with layers of fresh fruit and creamy vanilla pudding (using a box mix or upping the ante with our homemade vanilla pudding recipe). Finish with a sweet berry sauce.
Sugar Cookie Bars
What's better than a delicious sugar cookie bar? A sugar cookie bar decorated with fireworks, of course! Frost the bars with white meringue icing, then use a piping bag ($8, Michaels) to pipe concentric circles of red and blue icing over the top. Work quickly to drag a toothpick from the center of the circles to the outside edge to form the firework shape. Let dry and then serve at your big 4th of July bash!
Easy Berry Cheesecakes
If you're in a pinch and don't have a plan for dessert, don't fret. This easy cheesecake-inspired recipe is here to save the day. All you need are store-bought cupcakes, cream cheese frosting, and fresh berries. Voila! A festive Fourth of July dessert that's ready in no time.
Fresh Berry White Chocolate Bark
Who doesn't want something sweet to nibble on while they wait for fireworks? This white chocolate bark is perfect for grazing. The combo of white chocolate and bright berries makes this treat tasty and festive—and easy to snag on your way past the dessert table.
Shooting Star Cookies
Donut Hole Cake Pops
Searching for an easy semi-homemade Fourth of July dessert? Look no further. Declare your freedom from the oven and get creative with these no-bake cake pops. Dip donut holes in vanilla candy coating, then roll in red, white, and blue star-shape sprinkles ($4, Michaels) for a decorative ode to the stars and stripes.
Editor's Tip: Try drizzling your finished cake pops with blue or red candy coating to create patriotic pops!
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 stripe directly across from it on the back side. Then work your way around.
Frozen Yogurt Icebox Cake
Berry Slab Pie
For a fuss-free 4th of July pie recipe, look to frozen puff pastry. No one will guess you didn’t make this completely from scratch. Bake it with summer's bounty of fresh berries, sprinkle with sparkling coarse sugar, and cut into bite-size bars (or stars!) that are perfect for potlucks.
Berry Tart with Lemon Cookie Crust
Indulge in a healthy 4th of July dessert. Our pretty berry tart is made with a lemon-infused yogurt-base cream that nicely pillows a pile of colorful berries.
Editor's Tip: For single-serving treats (that will help guests steer clear of any battles over the largest slice), bake in eight 3 ½-inch tart pans instead of one 9-inch round.
For a 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 that double as 4th of July drinks.
Berry Patchwork Tart
Refreshing summer berries are piled high atop this 4th of July dessert tart. (For those intimidated by making homemade tart dough, take note: The crust comes together with refrigerated crescent dough.) Spread with mascarpone cheese, then get your red, white, and blue from strawberries or raspberries, and blueberries or blackberries.
Firecracker Party Cake
Set and forget! Serving dessert will be a stress-free affair this Independence Day if you choose to serve our easy 4th of July dessert cobbler. Plus, this blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry cobbler gives you the perfect reason to splurge on lots of fresh berries at the farmers market.
Swirled Fourth of July Bundt Cake
While the outside of this bundt cake recipe is beautiful, the real show happens when you slice and serve. The batter is swirled with the colors of the American flag, so each serving can help you show off your patriotism! If you like cream cheese frosting on cinnamon rolls, then you’ll love the decadent drizzle that tops this 4th of July cake.
You don't need to sit around a campfire to make these bite-size summer desserts! Just sandwich marshmallows between graham cracker squares, pop them under the broiler for a few seconds, and dip them in melted chocolate. Finish the easy Fourth of July desserts with festive nonpareils and sprinkles.
Cherry-Berry Shortcake Stars
Think outside the strawberry shortcake box. Decorate your 4th of July table with these star-shape desserts filled with a blend of fresh seasonal berries. The cherry-blueberry shortcakes are best served with a dollop of whipped cream and extra berries on the side.
Homemade Tres Leches Cake
Tres leches cake originates in Latin America, but this light, cream-based cinnamon cake can be an all-American addition to your 4th of July dessert recipe lineup. Simply decorate with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. (Try our three Test Kitchen secrets for extending the life of your fresh fruit.)
Editor's Tip: Bake the cake up to a day ahead and chill, unfrosted, until just before party time.
The heat is on enough as it is outside, so keep your cool with a simple Fourth of July cupcake recipe. Dress up a confetti cake mix with festive firework-inspired zigzags (made by piping frosting onto wax paper) for a delicious July 4th dessert. The recipe comes together in less than an hour—perfect for an impromptu patriotic party treat.
Apple, Rhubarb, and Raspberry Pie with Almond Star Crust
Red, White, and Blue Shake
Little tastes better on a hot summer day than a cool, refreshing milkshake. Make this sweet 4th of July ice cream dessert extra festive with layers of berries and vanilla. Craving crunch? Sprinkle with granola or add a straw-shaped pirouette cookie to each glass. Serve in milkshake glasses with festive paper straws ($4, Target).
Vanilla Cake with Buttercream, Berries, and Jam
Four layers are better than one when it comes to this sky-high dessert. Stuffed with red and blue berries and creamy white buttercream, classic white cake gets a final festive and fruity spin from strawberry jam.
Editor's Tip: Get a jump on party prep by baking and freezing the cake layers up to a month ahead.
Red, White, and Blue Parfaits
For a sweet 4th of July dessert that isn't packed with calories and fat, try these pretty parfaits. Just five ingredients are necessary to add a festive, fresh touch to your holiday menu.
Editor's Tip: If you prefer, try cherry or strawberry yogurt in place of the vanilla. (Here’s how to make it in your Instant Pot!)
Coconut-Vanilla Ice Cream
Ginger-Pear Star Scones
Red, White, and Blueberry Ice Cream Dessert
Classic Blueberry Ice Cream Pie
Prepare this simple sorbet the night before your 4th of July party for sweet relief from the hot summer day. Sprinkle with blueberries or blackberries for an added touch of holiday color.
Editor's Tip: Try serving your finished sorbet in a carved watermelon bowl!
With billows of whipped cream, crunchy chocolate meringue, and juicy berries, this easy 4th of July dessert looks elegant but is simple to make. A hidden layer of raspberry puree offers a pleasant bonus hint of sweetness and freshness.
Editor's Tip: Bake the meringues and blend up the berry puree a few hours before the 4th of July party. Just before everyone arrives (or when you’re ready to serve), whip the cream and assemble the components.
Striped Red Velvet Cake
Talk about a timeless dessert! Red velvet cake and fluffy cream cheese frosting are already a perfect pair. To take it the next party-worthy level, add a patriotic touch to this easy Fourth of July recipe by topping with fresh blueberries and raspberries and serving it on a white cake stand ($20, Crate & Barrel).
Fireworks Cake Roll
No fire is necessary to create this edible work of art. The secret for sharp fireworks in the cake roll lies in the technique: Bake the stars for a couple of minutes first, then top with the layer of white cake batter and bake for round two.
Editor's Tip: For the filling, try our sprinkle-studded cream cheese spread or opt for vanilla ice cream. (Allow the latter to melt slightly before spreading onto the cooled cake, then store your roll in the freezer instead of the fridge.)
Fresh Strawberry-Rhubarb Parfaits
Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars
Raspberry Angel Cakes
A fluffy marshmallow creme-based frosting is a lovely match to these light-as-air angel food Fourth of July cupcakes. Whipping the egg whites for the cake batter is key to achieving the unique heavenly texture. Crown each with a raspberry, blackberry, or blueberry—or a combo of all three—to create a pretty red, white, and blue dessert.