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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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My grandmother made luscious fruit pies and cobblers using blackberries from her garden. I decided to follow her lead and create a blackberry cake that's always lovely with a summer meal. —Lisa M. Varner, El Paso, Texas
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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."

Brownies a la Mode

Brownies a la Mode

Brownies a la Mode

My husband Merrill and I tasted a restaurant’s brownie dessert, and it was hard to beat. I topped it though with ice cream and homemade hot fudge. —Lise Thomson, Magrath, AB

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
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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.

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

Shortcake with Fresh Rhubarb Sauce

Shortcake with Fresh Rhubarb Sauce

Shortcake with Fresh Rhubarb Sauce

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

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

Easy Royal Icing

Easy Royal Icing

Easy Royal Icing

This classic decorating icing sets up and dries quickly. It's especially nice to use when cookies will be stacked on a plate. For accompanying recipes and decorating tips, visit Spring Has Sprung. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Red, White and Blueberry Ice Cream Pie with Granola Crust

Red, White and Blueberry Ice Cream Pie with Granola Crust

Red, White and Blueberry Ice Cream Pie with Granola Crust

One of my favorite pies is creamy, crunchy and patriotic. Make squiggles with the sauces, or use them for a fun design. —Marina Delio, Santa Barbara, California

Fourth of July Jell-O

Fourth of July Jell-O

Fourth of July Jell-O

"With six children, I'm always looking for wholesome quick recipes," shares Mabel Yoder of Bonduel, Wisconsin. "This colorful salad can be fixed by school-age children and looks so pretty served in a glass bowl."

Stars and Stripes Forever Dessert

Stars and Stripes Forever Dessert

Stars and Stripes Forever Dessert

Served with a creamy, full-bodied dip, sugared puff pastry stars and a fresh berry medley make a festive dessert. It's pretty, delicious and easy to prepare for the Fourth of July or any summer gathering. —Gail Sykora, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
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