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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.

Patriotic Popcorn Cake

Patriotic Popcorn Cake

Patriotic Popcorn Cake

"My mother gave me this recipe, and it has been a bake sale and holiday favorite ever since," relates Teresa Lerret from Vacaville, California. "Kids and adults love the caramel popcorn taste. For faster preparation, use microwave popcorn," she suggests.

Berry Pavlova

Berry Pavlova

Berry Pavlova

A soft, crusty meringue lusciously complements a very berry filling in this pretty dessert from field editor Nancy Foust of Stoneboro, Pennsylvania.

Berry-Patch Brownie Pizza

Berry-Patch Brownie Pizza

Berry-Patch Brownie Pizza

“I just love the combination of fruit, almonds and chocolate that makes this brownie so unique,” relates Sue Kauffman of Columbia City, Indiana. “The fruit lightens the chocolate a bit and makes it feel like you are eating something sinfully healthy.”
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Berry Compote Topping

Berry Compote Topping

Berry Compote Topping

“This recipe is fantastic served over toasted slices of pound cake as well as warm-from-the-oven biscuits!” Try it over ice cream, too! Wanda Wedekind — West Frankfort, Illinois

Grilled Pear Sundaes

Grilled Pear Sundaes

Grilled Pear Sundaes

Who says you can't make dessert on the grill? Our home economists whipped up this comforting treat that's sure to turn heads…and keep healthy-eating commitments. Sweetened with cinnamon-sugar, the warm and tender pear slices are served alongside a little vanilla ice cream.

Papa's Sugar Cookies

Papa's Sugar Cookies

Papa's Sugar Cookies

“My grandchildren love these sugar cookies.” These crisp cookies will melt in your mouth. Their subtle macadamia nut, cinnamon and orange peel flavors go perfectly together. —Lee Doverspike, North Ridgeville, Ohio

Patriotic Cupcakes

Patriotic Cupcakes

Patriotic Cupcakes

These festive cupcakes are sure to be the star of your Fourth of July menu. I divided the batter from regular cupcakes into portions and used food coloring to make red, white and blue treats. Our kids loved helping prepare them. —Jodi Rugg, Aurora, Illinois

Grilled Apple Crisp

Grilled Apple Crisp

Grilled Apple Crisp

The first time I tasted this old-fashioned apple crisp, i couldn't believe it was made on the grill. Topped with a scoop of ice cream, the warm cinnamony dessert will earn you rave reviews.

Lemon 'n' Lime Strawberry Ice

Lemon 'n' Lime Strawberry Ice

Lemon 'n' Lime Strawberry Ice

Marie Rizzo of Interlochen, Michigan sends her icy fruit dessert that's perfect for summer. “It's so refreshing after dinner,” she writes.

Berry Cheesecake Dessert

Berry Cheesecake Dessert

Berry Cheesecake Dessert

“My aunt tasted this classic dessert on a business trip at least 40 years ago and brought the recipe back to share with the family,” recalls Jo Nunnally of Ripley, Mississippi.

Ice Cream Bowls

Ice Cream Bowls

Ice Cream Bowls

Once you sample these homemade waffle ice cream bowls from out Test Kitchen, you'll want to serve them time and again! You can either prepare them with pretty designs in a special pizzelle cookie maker or without designs in the oven.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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