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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Thomas Jefferson's Vanilla Ice Cream

The third U.S. president is credited with jotting down the first American recipe for this treat. No vanilla bean on hand? Substitute 1 tablespoon vanilla extract for the vanilla bean. Just stir the extract into the cream mixture after the ice-water bath. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Iced Tea Parfaits

Iced Tea  Parfaits

Iced Tea Parfaits

Here’s a parfait that’s perfect for a garden or patio party. Tea adds a wonderfully unexpected flavor to gelatin. And kids will have fun finding the cherry at the bottom.—Teena Petrus, Johnstown, Pennsylvania

Cupcake Cookie Pops

Cupcake Cookie Pops

Cupcake Cookie Pops

Take sugar cookie dough to a whole new level. Using purchased refrigerated dough allows more time for the fun stuff — decorating! For accompanying recipes and decorating tips visit Spring Has Sprung. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Three-Berry Lemon Trifle

Three-Berry Lemon Trifle

Three-Berry Lemon Trifle

"This special recipe was given to me by a friend," Ilene Doty writes from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. "By using some low-fat convenience items, I lightened it up with beautiful results."

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.

Homemade Banana Split Ice Cream

Homemade Banana Split Ice Cream

Homemade Banana Split Ice Cream

Summer celebrations with my family aren't complete until I dish out tasty homemade ice cream. This recipe from my mom is a favorite.

Butterscotch Peanut Bars

Butterscotch Peanut Bars

Butterscotch Peanut Bars

Easy-to-make bars from Margery Richmond in Fort Collins, Colorado are perfect family reunion fare! They hold up in hot weather, stack well and are easy to pick up and eat. With lots of peanuts and butterscotch flavor plus a rich, buttery crust, “Boy, are they good,“ says Margery.

Mixed Berry Sundaes for 2

Mixed Berry Sundaes for 2

Mixed Berry Sundaes for 2

Before serving yogurt sundaes, get ready for requests for seconds. Our family enjoys them for breakfast. What an easy way to get our fruit and calcium.—Edie DeSpain, Logan, Utah

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

Ruby-Red Strawberry Sauce

Ruby-Red Strawberry Sauce

Ruby-Red Strawberry Sauce

My best friend, Lynn Young, and I came up with this recipe after our husbands requested it. In addition to ice cream, it can be served over pancakes and waffles. —Terri Zobel, Raleigh, North Carolina

Watermelon Bombe

Watermelon Bombe

Watermelon Bombe

Says Mary Ann Dell of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania: “I can’t count the times I’ve made this wonderful dessert. It’s a favorite at our summer barbecues. People think you really fussed, but it couldn’t be easier—and there are never any leftovers!”

Brownie Chunk Ice Cream

Brownie Chunk Ice Cream

Brownie Chunk Ice Cream

“Each time I make brownies, half the batch goes to friends and the rest ends up in this ice cream," says Agnes. "For crunch, I sometimes add a half-cup of chopped nuts.”
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