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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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Blueberry Upside-Down Skillet Cake

Living in Maine, I am lucky to have an endless amount of wild blueberries. This recipe's similar to a pineapple upside-down cake. It's easy, light and also great with cranberries. —Nettie Moore, Belfast, Maine
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Berry Sponge Cakes

Berry Sponge Cakes

Berry Sponge Cakes

This fancy treat for two looks like you fussed, but it's easy to make with convenient prepared pudding and sponge cakes. "My husband enjoys this dessert featuring seasonal fruit," says Bonnie Buckley of Kansas City, Missouri.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crepes

Strawberry Rhubarb  Crepes

Strawberry Rhubarb Crepes

"A strawberry fan makes a lovely garnish for this spring dessert," says Susan McDonald, Germantown, Tennessee. "It's ideal for a special brunch.

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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Lemon Curd Chiffon Pie

Lemon Curd Chiffon Pie

Lemon Curd Chiffon Pie

This pie is a showstopper. It's very refreshing and tart. I get frequent requests from my gang to make it. Normally I am a chocolate lover, but this pie makes me forget about chocolate.—Callie Palen-Lowrie, Louisville, Colorado

Simple Lemon Ice Cream

Simple Lemon Ice Cream

Simple Lemon Ice Cream

Just five ingredients (and no ice cream maker!) are all you need to make this refreshing ice cream. We enjoy generous scoops of it in summer. —Janet Eisner, Portland, Oregon

Brownies a la Mode

Brownies a la Mode

Brownies a la Mode

It's hard to beat a fresh-from-the-oven brownie...unless you top it with ice cream, homemade hot fudge and a cherry, of course. —Lise Thomson, Magrath, Alberta

S'more Ice Cream Pie

S'more Ice Cream Pie

S'more Ice Cream Pie

The next best thing to that classic campfire treat? Try this easy but elegant-looking freezer pie from our Test Kitchen. It melts in your mouth!

Chocolate Malt Shoppe Pie

Chocolate Malt Shoppe Pie

Chocolate Malt Shoppe Pie

I especially like serving this dessert at a cookout or at any event where there are children—it's always a big hit! —Beth Wanek, Little Chute, Wisconsin

Fancy Fuss-Free Torte

Fancy Fuss-Free Torte

Fancy Fuss-Free Torte

Thanks to frozen pound cake and a can of pie filling, this torte's easy to make. If layers slide, keep them in place with toothpicks around the edges as you build. Just remove before serving. —Joan Causey, Greenwood, Arkansas

Strawberry Ice Cream Dessert

Strawberry Ice Cream Dessert

Strawberry Ice Cream Dessert

This pretty, refreshing treat has been served many times at our church showers. We just love it.—Teresa Ryherd, Fairbank, Iowa

Star-Spangled Shortcake

Star-Spangled Shortcake

Star-Spangled Shortcake

Celebrate Independence Day with this patriotic treat dreamed up by our home economists. Star-shaped corn muffins are terrific when topped with ice cream and colorful berries.
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