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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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Whole Wheat Strawberry Shortcakes

Nothing says spring better than a fresh strawberry shortcake. Heaven. My mother and I usually make this with strawberries we picked ourselves. —Sarah Hatter, Brodhead, Wisconsin
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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.

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.

Chocolate Cherry Layer Cake

Chocolate Cherry Layer Cake

Chocolate Cherry Layer Cake

Flo Burtnett of Gage, Oklahoma has a sweet treat to enhance your buffet—a lusciously verssatile layer cake. "I've changed the design on top to a heart for Valentine's, a pumpkin for autumn and a tree for Christmas," she reveals.—Flo Burtnett, Gage, Oklahoma
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Delightful Apple Pie

Delightful Apple Pie

Delightful Apple Pie

There aren’t many things more American than hot-out-of-the-oven apple pie. This recipe is one you can hang your hat on. —Amy Wood, Wichita, Kansas

Cookies 'n' Cream Berry Desserts

Cookies 'n' Cream Berry Desserts

Cookies 'n' Cream Berry Desserts

This sweet berry dessert makes an especially pretty final course in the spring. With berries, a creamy topping and a sprinkle of meringue cookies, it always earns praise. —Lillian Julow of Gainesville, Florida

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

Toffee Caramel Ice Cream Pie

Toffee Caramel Ice Cream Pie

Toffee Caramel Ice Cream Pie

This delicious pie is easy to make and so pretty. It comes together in under 30 minutes and since you can make it in advance, it’s ideal for entertaining. --Diane Lombardo, New Castle, Pennsylvania

White Chocolate Strawberry Torte

White Chocolate Strawberry Torte

White Chocolate Strawberry Torte

"This decadent dessert has proved popular at family gatherings," says Denise McNab of Warington, Pennsylvania.

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

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

Pineapple Cheese Torte

Pineapple Cheese Torte

Pineapple Cheese Torte

This light and yummy pineapple dessert looks prettiest when it's garnished with fresh strawberries. I serve this cool dessert at summer picnics or family get-togethers. It's a hit anytime of year! — Diane Bradley, Sparta, Michigan
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