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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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Every spring when her rhubarb was ready, my mother-in-law chopped it up for this moist cake. If your rhubarb is too tart for the sauce, just add in some strawberries. —Rena McCalment, Sharpsville, Indiana
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Hawaiian Joy Bars

Hawaiian Joy Bars

Hawaiian Joy Bars

With the hint of rum plus the nuts and coconut, these bars are like a trip to the islands. I served them to my family and at my work and church, and I always hear murmurs of appreciation. —Jennifer Neckermann, Wentzville, Missouri

Creamy Lime Pie with Fresh Berries

Creamy Lime Pie with Fresh Berries

Creamy Lime Pie with Fresh Berries

I combined the tangy taste of lime and cilantro with cream cheese for this unusual berry pie that showcases seasonal fruit. The ginger cookies add zip to the crust. —Anneliese Barz, Fort Mill, South Carolina

Fourth of July Ice Cream Cake

Fourth of July Ice Cream Cake

Fourth of July Ice Cream Cake

This eye-catching dessert is actually easy to prepare and keeps well in the freezer for days. It's nice to be able to serve cake and ice cream in one slice. —Anne Scholovich, Waukesha, Wisconsin
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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

Lemony Rhubarb Pie

Lemony Rhubarb Pie

Lemony Rhubarb Pie

I love rhubarb from the garden, and there's nothing like this pie—which includes a happy burst of lemon—to say spring is here! —Holly Balzer-Harz, Malone, New York

Vanilla Cream Fruit Tart

Vanilla Cream Fruit Tart

Vanilla Cream Fruit Tart

It's well worth the effort to prepare this spectacular tart, which is best made and served the same day. A friend gave me the recipe, and it always receives rave reviews at gatherings. —Susan Terzakis, Andover, Massachusetts

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

Frozen Key Lime Delight

Frozen Key Lime Delight

Frozen Key Lime Delight

In the middle of summer, nothing hits the spot quite like this sublime key lime dessert. Cold, creamy and tart, it looks like sunshine.—Melissa Millwood, Lyman, South Carolina

Strawberry Cream Tarts

Strawberry Cream Tarts

Strawberry Cream Tarts

Dainty tarts filled with custard and fruit are fantastic for brunch. The recipe comes from our Test Kitchen. For a prettier presentation, remove the foil tins before serving. To do so, invert each shell when cool and carefully remove the foil.

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.

Lemon-Mint Pound Cake with Strawberries

Lemon-Mint Pound Cake with Strawberries

Lemon-Mint Pound Cake with Strawberries

Lemon and mint are two ingredients that shout summer to me. This twist on strawberry shortcake comes together like a charm and is great when you want to impress. —Nichole Jones, Pleasant Grove, Utah
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