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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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How's this for a dish—all the joy of a banana split without the mess. Everything in my recipe fits into one pan of delectable brownie bars. —Connee Sheckler, Chestertown, Maryland
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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."

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!

Cherry-Berry Peach Pie

Cherry-Berry Peach Pie

Cherry-Berry Peach Pie

I had an overabundant supply of cherries one year, so I adapted several recipes to use them up. I knew this one was a keeper when I received phone calls from my Mother and Grandmother complimenting me on this pie.
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Citrus-Melon Sorbet

Citrus-Melon Sorbet

Citrus-Melon Sorbet

This refreshing dish can be made with many different kinds of fruit. My mom used to make this all the time during the summer. —Patricia Hancock, Hawthorne, New Jersey

Blueberry Crumble Tarts

Blueberry Crumble Tarts

Blueberry Crumble Tarts

Pop one in a lunch box, share a batch at work or wait until dessert—these are sweet anytime, anywhere. Sometimes, I refrigerate prepared tarts overnight and bake them while making dinner the next day. Foolproof. —Carole Fraser, North York, Ontario

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

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

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.”

Delicious Ice Cream Dessert

Delicious Ice Cream Dessert

Delicious Ice Cream Dessert

We appreciate a cool creamy dessert like this in summer. It stays fresh in the freezer for one week. Top with the fudgy sauce before serving. — Mrs. Earl Brewer, Jackson, Mississippi

Cola Cake with Strawberries & Cream

Cola Cake with Strawberries & Cream

Cola Cake with Strawberries & Cream

We Southerners have been eating cola cake for decades. This easy version has strawberries, too. Chill it in the fridge for a dreamy summer dessert. —Peggy Walpert, Fort Worth, Texas

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
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