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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 Cookie Bouquets

Patriotic Cookie Bouquets

Patriotic Cookie Bouquets

Celebrate the Fourth of July or other patriotic holidays with a festive cookies display. We cut shapes from fast-to-fix homemade cookie dough, put wooden dowels between pairs of cutouts and arranged the baked cookies in a container.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Strawberry Rhubarb Crepes

Strawberry Rhubarb  Crepes

Strawberry Rhubarb Crepes

"A strawberry fan makes a lovely garnish for this spring dessert," says Susan McDonald, Germantown, Tennessee. "It's ideal for a special brunch.

Honey-Rum Grilled Bananas

Honey-Rum Grilled Bananas

Honey-Rum Grilled Bananas

These grilled bananas are the perfect dessert following a cookout. My family was skeptical at first, but everyone tried the recipe and they all agreed it was delicious. I use coconut rum from the Bahamas. —Lori Wendt, Mahomet, Illinois
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Butterscotch Peanut Bars

Butterscotch Peanut Bars

Butterscotch Peanut Bars

Easy-to-make bars from Margery Richmond in Fort Collins, Colorado are perfect family reunion fare! They hold up in hot weather, stack well and are easy to pick up and eat. With lots of peanuts and butterscotch flavor plus a rich, buttery crust, “Boy, are they good,“ says Margery.

Watermelon Berry Sorbet

Watermelon Berry Sorbet

Watermelon Berry Sorbet

Strawberries, watermelon and three other items are all you need for this freezer treat that's virtually free of fat. A friend gave me the recipe, promising it was the ultimate in refreshing, summer desserts. I couldn't agree more. —Jill Swavely, Green Lane, Pennsylvania

Berry-Licious Crisp

Berry-Licious Crisp

Berry-Licious Crisp

Edna Woodward from Fredericksburg, Texas lightened up one of her favorite recipes and this is the delicious result. She likes to serve it with low-fat vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt.

Creamy Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Creamy Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Creamy Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

This is the best ice cream we have ever found. It really tastes like frozen cheesecake. I like to make it in the morning and let it ripen in time for supper, but my husband usually can't wait that long!—Jacki Prettyman, Fort Scott, Kansas

Country Fair Cherry Pie

Country Fair Cherry Pie

Country Fair Cherry Pie

A homemade cherry filling peeks out from a star-shaped pastry top. You can try different shapes for other occasions and also add almond extract for another flavor. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Fresh Cherry Pie

Fresh Cherry Pie

Fresh Cherry Pie

This ruby-red treat is just sweet enough, with a hint of almond flavor and a good level of cinnamon. The cherries peeking out of the lattice crust makes it so pretty, too.—Josie Bochek, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

Berry-Topped Stars

Berry-Topped Stars

Berry-Topped Stars

Our home economists needed just six ingredients to make these sweet treats that start with store-bought cookie dough. They’re sure to be the star at Fourth of July celebrations, but they’re great for any summer occasion.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Berry Cashew Ice Cream

Berry Cashew Ice Cream

Berry Cashew Ice Cream

Lots of fresh berries and a crunchy nuts make this delightful ice cream loads of fun. Serve it in a bowl or on a cone for a simply delicious summer taste all year round.
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