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July 4th Desserts

Sweeten up your holiday with recipes for brownies, pies, ice cream treats, fruit salad and adorable partriotic red, white and blue cakes, cookies and more.

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With an apple farm just down the road, I'm always looking for creative ways to use up those bushels. We love this cozy cake with caramel drizzle and a scoop of vanilla or cinnamon ice cream. — Rachel Garcia, Colorado Springs, CO
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Macaroon Cherry Pie

Macaroon Cherry Pie

Macaroon Cherry Pie

I use homegrown cherries in this bountiful pie with its unique crunchy coconut topping. But I've found that purchased tart cherries yield a dessert that's nearly as delicious. I always bake this pie around Presidents' Day or Valentine's Day, but it's popular with my family in any season.

Icy Summer Treats Dessert

Icy Summer Treats Dessert

Icy Summer Treats Dessert

You won't break a sweat fixing these easy chillers! The frozen snack, made from fruity gelatin and powdered soft drink mix, can be whipped up in no time, according to Darlene Brenden of Salem, Oregon. "Youngsters just love them. I know ours did when they were little," she adds. "And though the kids are grown, they still request the treats when they visit."

Grilled Apple Crisp

Grilled Apple Crisp

Grilled Apple Crisp

The first time I tasted this old-fashioned apple crisp, i couldn't believe it was made on the grill. Topped with a scoop of ice cream, the warm cinnamony dessert will earn you rave reviews.
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Deconstructed Raspberry Pie

Deconstructed Raspberry Pie

Deconstructed Raspberry Pie

It took us a couple tries to get the crumb crust just right in this fun-to-make and even-funner-to-eat graham cracker pie. Try it with fresh strawberries or blueberries. —Healthy Cooking Test Kitchen

Hot Fudge Topping

Hot Fudge Topping

Hot Fudge Topping

I've been making this thick and tasty hot fudge sauce for years. Use it to top ice cream, cake or any other dessert! —Judy Carl, Duluth, Minnesota

Grilled Pineapple Butterscotch Sundaes

Grilled Pineapple Butterscotch Sundaes

Grilled Pineapple Butterscotch Sundaes

I like to use bananas in this recipe, as well. Just be careful when grilling them—don't let the bananas get too soft. —Arla Boss, Temperance, Michigan

Genoise with Fruit 'n' Cream Filling

Genoise with Fruit 'n' Cream Filling

Genoise with Fruit 'n' Cream Filling

Sweet syrup soaks into the tender layers of this sponge cake from our Test Kitchen. Complete the presentation with sweetened cream and assorted fresh berries.

Chewy Fruit Cookies

Chewy Fruit Cookies

Chewy Fruit Cookies

This recipe, given to me by a friend years ago, was one I used to save just for Christmas. But friends and family began to request them regularly, and now I buy extra candied cherries when they go on sale in December so I can make the treats all year long.

Pecan Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler

Pecan Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler

Pecan Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler

Chock-full of berries and rhubarb, this pretty cobbler is the perfect finale for a dinner for two. Pecans in the topping and the delicious dessert sauce make it extra special. —Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia

Tart Cherry Lattice Pie

Tart Cherry Lattice Pie

Tart Cherry Lattice Pie

Whenever my mom is invited to a party or potluck, everyone requests her homemade double-crust fruit pies. In the summer, she uses fresh, tart cherries for this recipe. I love a slice topped with vanilla ice cream. — Pamela Eaton, Monclova, Ohio

Heavenly Blueberry Tart

Heavenly Blueberry Tart

Heavenly Blueberry Tart

Mmmm—this tart is bursting with the fresh flavor of blueberries! "Not only do I bake the berries with the crust," describes Lyin Schramm of Berwick, Maine, "but after I take the tart out of the oven, I top it with just-picked fruit."
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