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Festive 4th of July Dessert Recipes

Get out your red, white and blue for these patriotic dessert recipes.
Blueberry Cupcakes

Blueberry Cupcakes

Fresh blueberries get baked into these vanilla-flavored cupcakes and scattered on top.

Blueberry Cupcakes

Fruit Hand Pies

Our flaky hand pies taste just like their big sibs, but they're tidier to serve and eat, making them perfect for picnics and potlucks. Best of all, you get to choose the fruit filling: cherry, blueberry peach or plum!

Fruit Hand Pies

Light Berry Pie with Creamy Filling

Ingredients like fat-free Greek yogurt and low-calorie cranberry-raspberry drink—plus six cups of fresh berries—keep this delightful dessert on the light side. Garnish with mint sprigs or a lemon cream sauce.

Light Berry Pie with Creamy Filling

Pistachio Pavlova with Fresh Berries

Mildly nutty meringue cradles fresh berries in this classic dessert named for a ballerina. Use your favorite nut to flavor the meringue. Our Test Kitchen recommends pistachios, almonds or pecans. Any fruit works: blueberries, kiwi, bananas.

Pistachio Pavlova with Fresh Berries

Blueberry Sour Cream Dessert

Use fresh blueberries when in season to make this rich dessert, a cross between a pie and a cheesecake. 

Blueberry Sour Cream Dessert 

Watermelon stars

Use a 2- to 3-inch star-shape cookie cutter to make stars from watermelon slices, then serve stars by themselves, on a platter with fruit and cheese, or in a dessert like our easy Red, White and Blue Parfaits. 

Cherry Phosphate Icebox Pie

A humble pie if you ever saw one, this unassuming potluck star has an almondy crust and a yogurt-based filling that mimics the acidic tang of a phosphate. Amaretti (Italian almond cookies) are available at large supermarkets. You can substitute graham cracker crumbs.

Cherry Phosphate Icebox Pie

Caramel and Chocolate Kettle-Corn Crispie Bars

This sweet-salty bar cookie won the grand prize of $10,000 in our first annual Best of the Midwest® Recipe Contest. Judy Reynolds of Bloomington, Indiana, started with a Hoosier staple—popcorn—and stirred together these snack bars. Homemade caramel sauce makes them a standout.

Caramel and Chocolate Kettle-Corn Crispie Bars

Berry Pudding Cake

Vanilla cake bakes over fresh blueberries and strawberries for a light, lower-calorie summer dessert. 

Berry Pudding Cake

Red, White and Blueberry Ice Cream Dessert

Create this pretty summer dessert with raspberry sorbet, vanilla ice cream and a flavored syrup.

Red, White and Blueberry Ice Cream Dessert

Firecracker-Red Cupcakes with Coconut Filling

A red, white and blue dessert stars at any patriotic potluck. Red velvet cake mix makes our moist and gooey Firecracker-Red Cupcakes extra easy to prepare.

Firecracker-Red Cupcakes with Coconut Filling

Pretzel Sparklers

The sweet coating complements salty, crunchy pretzel rods. Stand your edible sparklers in a container filled with coarse brown sugar or candy-coated milk chocolate candies (M&Ms). Change the color of the sprinkles and candies to suit the occasion!

Pretzel Sparklers

Blueberry Ice Cream Pie

Combine fresh blueberries, vanilla ice cream and homemade blueberry sauce in an almond-brown sugar crust for this showstopping dessert.

Blueberry Ice Cream Pie

Sparkler Cupcakes

Fireworks-inspired zigzags and sprinkles dress up cupcakes.

Sparkler Cupcakes

Easy Berry Cheesecakes

Transform vanilla cupcakes into a patriotic treat with a swirl of cream cheese frosting and a topping of fresh berries.

Easy Berry Cheesecakes

Patriotic Salute

Patriotic color bursts from strawberry ice cream, strawberry topping, whipped cream, cinnamon candies and fresh strawberries dipped in white chocolate and colored sugar. Add a star cookie cutout baked with a sprinkling of colored sugar (blue, of course).

Out-and-About Cheesecake

Combine sweetened Brie and cream cheese with fresh blueberries for this no-bake dessert designed for single-serving cups.

Out-and-About Cheesecake

Strawberry Shortcake Trifle

Prep time is just 10 minutes for this easy summer mix of strawberries, light frozen whipped topping, prepared strawberry topping and pound cake. 

Strawberry Shortcake Trifle

Cherry Raspberry Pie

Combine fresh cherries and raspberries with cranberry juice blend, sugar and tapioca for a delightfully sweet-tart filling to this summer pie.

Cherry Raspberry Pie

Raspberry Pavlova

An airy Pavlova cradles fresh raspberries and a simple raspberry sauce.

Raspberry Pavlova

Blueberry Cupcakes

Fresh blueberries get baked into these vanilla-flavored cupcakes and scattered on top.

Blueberry Cupcakes

Strawberry-Blueberry Cookie Crisp

Prep this easy dessert in just 10 minutes, then bake for 25 minutes. Crumbled pecan shortbread cookies form the topping over a fresh fruit filling.

Strawberry-Blueberry Cookie Crisp

Very Blueberry Pie

This easy-to-make pie calls for pouring a warm sugar glaze over a generous amount of fresh blueberries or raspberries.

Very Blueberry Pie

Lemon Bundt Cake

Fill the center of this cake with fresh blueberries, raspberries, and melted strawberry jelly or jam to give it a festive look. Serve with extra berries on the side.

Lemon Bundt Cake

Double Berry Vanilla Cream Pie

A double dose of berries tops a tangy-sweet sour cream pudding filling in a toasted almond crust. It's the perfect warm-weather dessert because it requires less than 30 minutes in the kitchen before you tuck the pie in the refrigerator to chill.

Double Berry Vanilla Cream Pie

Berry Trifle

Mix buttery pound cake, creamy vanilla pudding, soft cream cheese, and fresh strawberries or blueberries for a rich comfort-food dessert. To trim calories, try making it with angel food cake, fat-free pudding, and low-fat or fat-free cream cheese.

Berry Trifle

Blueberry Shortcake

Serve warm shortcake with a rich filling of sweetened blueberries and whipped cream.

Blueberry Shortcake

Berry-Topped Cupcakes

Top your favorite homemade or purchased cupcakes with fresh berries just before serving for a supereasy festive dessert.

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