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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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A sweet treat in the summer, this patriotic poke cake with dazzling red and blue stripes is a fun one to make with the kids. —Elisabeth Schulz, Blossvale, New York
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Patriotic Cookie & Cream Cupcakes

Patriotic Cookie & Cream Cupcakes

Patriotic Cookie & Cream Cupcakes

Bring on the red, white, and blue with this creative cupcake cake perfect for the 4th of July, Memorial Day or any favorite occasion. With some delicious and colorful frosting and a careful arrangement, your sweet display will be a patriotic nod to our great American flag. —Rebecca Wetherbee, Marion, Ohio

Heavenly Blueberry Tart

Heavenly Blueberry Tart

Heavenly Blueberry Tart

Mmmm—this tart is bursting with the fresh flavor of blueberries! "Not only do I bake the berries with the crust," describes Lyin Schramm of Berwick, Maine, "but after I take the tart out of the oven, I top it with just-picked fruit."

Oregon's Best Marionberry Pie

Oregon's Best Marionberry Pie

Oregon's Best Marionberry Pie

I believe Oregon Marionberries make about the best berry pie in the world. And when you add some cream cheese and flavorings, you'll be making the best even better! —Frances Benthin, Scio, Oregon
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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

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

Frozen Pineapple-Kiwi Pops

Frozen Pineapple-Kiwi Pops

Frozen Pineapple-Kiwi Pops

Kiwi, pineapple, sugar and water are all you need to make these easy, breezy freezer pops.—Colleen Ludovice, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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

Tart Cherry Lattice Pie

Tart Cherry Lattice Pie

Tart Cherry Lattice Pie

Whenever my mom is invited to a party or potluck, everyone requests her homemade double-crust fruit pies. In the summer, she uses fresh, tart cherries for this recipe. I love a slice topped with vanilla ice cream. — Pamela Eaton, Monclova, Ohio

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

Grilled Peaches and Berries

Grilled Peaches and Berries

Grilled Peaches and Berries

Simple ingredients brown sugar, butter and lemon juice release the flavors of the peaches and blueberries when they are grilled in a foil pouch. Cleanup couldn't be easier for this recipe from Sharon W. Bickett of Chester, South 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!”
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