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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.

Strawberry Tarragon Crumble

Strawberry Tarragon Crumble

Strawberry Tarragon Crumble

I created this special berry dessert with fresh tarragon from my garden. The pretty layers are laced with the tarragon’s mild anise flavor and a balance of sweet and salty ingredients. Yum! —Tamara Huron, New Market, Alabama

Cowabunga Root Beer Cupcakes

Cowabunga Root Beer Cupcakes

Cowabunga Root Beer Cupcakes

I developed these cupcakes for my daughter's first birthday and transported them using dry ice. Be careful not to freeze them solid! —Mindy Carswell, Walker, Michigan

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Ice Cream

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Ice Cream

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Ice Cream

Want something cool and refreshing after your holiday feast? Serve generous slices of a rich, frosty dessert featuring peanuts, cookies and drizzled ice cream toppings.—TerryAnn Moore, Vineland, New Jersey
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Calgary Nanaimo Bars

Calgary Nanaimo Bars

Calgary Nanaimo Bars

This version may claim roots in Alberta, but the original was said to be dreamed up in a Nanaimo, British Columbia kitchen. They're three delicious layers of Canadian goodness. —Carol Hillier, Calgary, Alberta

Raspberry-Rhubarb Slab Pie

Raspberry-Rhubarb Slab Pie

Raspberry-Rhubarb Slab Pie

"Slab pie" is a pastry baked in a jelly-roll pan and cut in slabs like a bar cookie—or a pie bar, if you will. My grandfather was a professional baker and served pieces of slab pie to his customers back in the day. Here is my spin, featuring rhubarb and gorgeous red raspberries. —Jeanne Ambrose, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Double-Crust Strawberry Pie

Double-Crust Strawberry Pie

Double-Crust Strawberry Pie

The first time I made this pie it was delectable, so I wanted to share it. Fresh strawberries sprinkled with cinnamon make a delicious pie served warm or slightly chilled. —Patricia Kutchins, Lake Zurich, Illinois

Juicy Peach & Strawberry Crumb Pie

Juicy Peach & Strawberry Crumb Pie

Juicy Peach & Strawberry Crumb Pie

You've had peach pie and strawberry pie, and maybe even peach-strawberry pie. But throw in some garden-fresh basil and you're in for a real treat. Trust me. —Lindsay Sprunk, Noblesville, Indiana

Red, White & Blueberry Poke Cake

Red, White & Blueberry Poke Cake

Red, White & Blueberry Poke Cake

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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Picnic Berry Shortcakes

Picnic Berry Shortcakes

Picnic Berry Shortcakes

You can make the berry sauce ahead of time and chill. Then assemble the entire dessert a couple of hours before the picnic or party. —Frieda Bliesner, McAllen, Texas

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

Kahlua Dream Bars

Kahlua Dream Bars

Kahlua Dream Bars

I always double this recipe so everyone gets a piece. If the glaze is too sweet, use one square of unsweetened chocolate and two of semisweet.—Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, ON
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