Festive July 4th Desserts
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 pretty red, white, and blue desserts.
Red, White, and Blue Donut Shortcakes
If you're already planning on grilling for the 4th of July, why stop at dinner? Keep the grill fired up for dessert, too! Put cake donuts on the grill for a few minutes, then top with fresh berries and whipped cream.
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 skewer in metallic washi tape and layering fringed tissue paper 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
Make a boozy, adults-only treat for your 4th of July party by spiking these pops with vodka and blue curacao. Everyone will be in awe of the gorgeous red, white, and blue drink layers!
Don't worry—not every dessert has to have red, white, and blue to be festive on the 4th. With star cutouts on top instead of a traditional crust, this loaded blueberry pie is sure to outshine even the fireworks.
The 4th of July just isn't complete without a flag cake! Show your patriotic pride on Independence Day by serving this cake loaded with fresh raspberries and blueberries—all arranged to look like an American flag, of course.
No special equipment is 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.
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 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 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 sweat it. This easy 4th of July recipe is here to save the day! All you need are store-bought cupcakes, cream cheese frosting, and fresh berries. Voila! A festive dessert is ready in no time.
Fresh Berry White Chocolate Bark
Everyone wants something sweet to nibble on while they wait for fireworks, and 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
Make way for a star-spangled 4th of July buffet with these patriotic sweet treats. The red, white, and blue cookie sandwiches feature bold colors and two layers of tasty cookies—and they burst with sprinkles when broken.
Donut Hole Cake Pops
Searching for and easy 4th of July dessert? Look no further. Declare your freedom to get creative with these cute cake pops. After dipping donut 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 stripe directly across from it on the back side. Then work your way in.
Frozen Yogurt Icebox Cake
Hot summer days like the 4th 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 your guests.
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 of this red, white, and blue dessert is bursting with fruity flavor.
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.
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.
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. Get your red, white, and blue from strawberries or raspberries, mascarpone cheese, and blueberries or blackberries.
Firecracker Party Cake
Set aside your red velvet cake recipe. This red-hot showstopper gets its color from spicy-sweet cinnamon candies. Paired with mild mascarpone frosting and star-shape sprinkles, it's sure to add a spark to your 4th of July.
Serving dessert will be a stress-free affair this Independence Day, thanks to our patriotic slow cooker cobbler. Plus, this blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry cobbler gives you the perfect reason to splurge on lots of fresh berries at the farmers market.
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, and dip them in melted chocolate. Finish the easy Fourth of July desserts with festive nonpareils and sprinkles.
Cherry-Berry Shortcake Stars
Decorate your 4th of July table with these star-shape dessert treats filled with fresh seasonal berries. The cherry-blueberry shortcakes are best served with a dollop of whipped cream and extra berries on the side.
Fourth of July cupcake recipes don't have to be complicated. Dress up a confetti cake mix with festive firework-inspired zigzags for a delicious July 4th dessert. The recipe comes together in less than an hour—perfect for an impromptu party dessert.
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.
Red, White, and Blue Shake
Nothing tastes better on a hot summer day than a cool, refreshing milk shake. Make these sweet 4th of July drinks festive with layers of strawberry ice cream, vanilla ice cream, and blueberry smoothie.
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.
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 red, white, and blue treat.
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.
Red, White, and Blueberry Ice Cream Dessert
This frozen 4th of July ice cream dessert is festive, fun, and sure to be a hit. Slices of vanilla ice cream and raspberry sorbet make up the American flag-inspired treat, which is topped with fresh blueberries and sweet hibiscus syrup.
Classic Blueberry Ice Cream Pie
This sensational July 4th dessert comes together with ripe blueberries, vanilla ice cream, and a few kitchen staples. For patriotic pizzazz, add raspberries or strawberries to the topping.
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.
Strawberries 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 this portable 4th of July trifle.
With billows of whipped cream, crunchy chocolate meringue, and juicy berries, this easy 4th of July dessert looks elegant but is simple to make.
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 easy Fourth of July recipe.