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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.

Walnut Cherry Cake

Walnut Cherry Cake

Walnut Cherry Cake

—Carol Wessels, Harbor Beach, Maryland

Moist Blueberry Pound Cake

Moist Blueberry Pound Cake

Moist Blueberry Pound Cake

A lemony glaze tops off the old-fashioned flavor of this mouthwatering blueberry cake from Maxine Pierce in Biloxi, Mississippi. Folks will have a hard time believing it’s low-sugar and low-fat!

Ruby Razz Dessert Squares

Ruby Razz Dessert Squares

Ruby Razz Dessert Squares

Pauline Murray relies on rhubarb and frozen raspberries for these yummy, crimson treats. "I replaced the fresh raspberries that were originally called for with the frozen variety so that I could decrease the sugar in the fruit mixture," explains the Cleveland, Ohio baker. "The squares are perfect any time of year."
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Genoise with Fruit 'n' Cream Filling

Genoise with Fruit 'n' Cream Filling

Genoise with Fruit 'n' Cream Filling

Sweet syrup soaks into the tender layers of this sponge cake from our Test Kitchen. Complete the presentation with sweetened cream and assorted fresh berries.

Blueberry Cheese Torte

Blueberry Cheese Torte

Blueberry Cheese Torte

Blueberries are plentiful here in the Northwest. I keep my freezer stocked so I can make this torte any time of year.

Summer Fruit Pizza

Summer Fruit Pizza

Summer Fruit Pizza

I first made this eye-pleasing treat for a church social. Not only were people impressed with the taste, but it was one of the most beautiful desserts there. —Krista Collins, Concord, North Carolina

Cherry Crunch Ice Cream

Cherry Crunch Ice Cream

Cherry Crunch Ice Cream

I received this wonderful recipe many years ago from a friend. The creamy custard-style ice cream has a mild cherry flavor with a fun oat crunch. It takes some time to make, but it's worth the extra effort! -Dorothy Koshinski, Decatur, Illinois

Berries with Banana Cream

Berries with Banana Cream

Berries with Banana Cream

This yummy dessert from Kari Caven of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho is just the thing for spring! The airy banana-orange cream and a hint of spice nicely complement the fresh berries.

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.

Red, White and Blueberry Pie

Red, White and Blueberry Pie

Red, White and Blueberry Pie

"This is a wonderful light dessert for a Fourth of July party or other summer get-together. And it's as pretty as it is tasty," says Kimberly McFarland of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Ruby-Red Strawberry Sauce

Ruby-Red Strawberry Sauce

Ruby-Red Strawberry Sauce

My best friend, Lynn Young, and I came up with this recipe after our husbands requested it. In addition to ice cream, it can be served over pancakes and waffles. —Terri Zobel, Raleigh, North Carolina
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