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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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Peanut Butter Brownie Trifle

Peanut Butter Brownie Trifle

Peanut Butter Brownie Trifle

This rich, tempting trifle feeds a crowd and features the ever-popular combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Try this dessert for your next get-together. —Nancy Foust, Stoneboro, Pennsylvania

Peeps Sunflower Cake

Peeps Sunflower Cake

Peeps Sunflower Cake

The inspiration for this cake came from one of my favorite flowers, the sunflower. The yellow peeps make eye-catching flower petals, and I carefully placed chocolate chips in a circular pattern to resemble the seeds in the middle of a sunflower. This cake is easy, but looks quite impressive. —Bethany Eledge, Cleveland, Tennessee

Blueberry Walnut Bars

Blueberry Walnut Bars

Blueberry Walnut Bars

With power-packing oats, walnuts and blueberries, kids aren't the only ones that are going to love this sweet treat. Health-minded parents can feel good about these bars, too. —Dawn Onuffer, Crestview, Florida
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Light Strawberry Pie

Light Strawberry Pie

Light Strawberry Pie

People rave about this luscious strawberry pie. Best of all, it’s a low-sugar sensation that you won’t feel one bit guilty to eat. —Lou Wright, Rockford, Illinois

Bite-Size Apple Pies

Bite-Size Apple Pies

Bite-Size Apple Pies

These little bites are fun for kids to make. Simply wrap strips of pastry around apple wedges and shake on some cinnamon-sugar. Then just bake and watch them disappear! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

After sampling this flavor at an ice cream stand, I kept trying to duplicate it until it was just right. —Melissa Symington, Neche, North Dakota

Lemon Delight Trifle

Lemon Delight Trifle

Lemon Delight Trifle

I like to serve this lemony treat is a trifle bowl. If you don't have one, a glass 13-in. x 9-in. dish will also work well. —Kim Wallace, Dennison, Ohio

Berry Patch Pie

Berry Patch Pie

Berry Patch Pie

Enjoy a gorgeous, made-for-summer pie with this mouthwatering recipe. Each bite bursts with sweet, juicy berries.— Taste of Home Test Kitchen.

Star-Spangled Fruit Tart

Star-Spangled Fruit Tart

Star-Spangled Fruit Tart

This crispy, creamy dessert is perfect for a Fourth of July celebration! With patriotic colors and a light, fluffy filling, this summery delight will be the hit of your get-together. —Renae Moncur, Burley, Idaho

Easy Fresh Strawberry Pie

Easy Fresh Strawberry Pie

Easy Fresh Strawberry Pie

For my mother's 70th birthday and Mother's Day, I made two of these strawberry pies instead of a cake. Since it was mid-May in Texas, the berries were absolutely perfect. It was a memorable occasion for the whole family. —Sue Jurack, Mequon, Wisconsin

Red, White 'n' Blue Salad

Red, White 'n' Blue Salad

Red, White 'n' Blue Salad

Our striking "flag" salad drew plenty of attention at our Independence Day party. The shimmering stripes are formed with distinctive gelatin layers. It makes you want to salute before spooning some up! —Laurie Neverman, Green Bay, Wisconsin
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