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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Fourth of July Jell-O

Fourth of July Jell-O

Fourth of July Jell-O

"With six children, I'm always looking for wholesome quick recipes," shares Mabel Yoder of Bonduel, Wisconsin. "This colorful salad can be fixed by school-age children and looks so pretty served in a glass bowl."

Old Glory Dessert

Old Glory Dessert

Old Glory Dessert

Our home economists took advantage of convenient refrigerated cookie dough to create the crust for this fresh fruit pizza. Easily arranged berries give it an appealing patriotic appearance. -Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Macaroon Cherry Pie

Macaroon Cherry Pie

Macaroon Cherry Pie

I use homegrown cherries in this bountiful pie with its unique crunchy coconut topping. But I've found that purchased tart cherries yield a dessert that's nearly as delicious. I always bake this pie around Presidents' Day or Valentine's Day, but it's popular with my family in any season.

Lincoln Log Cake

Lincoln Log Cake

Lincoln Log Cake

To celebrate Presidents' Day, try this treat from Mary Thomas of Hartford, Wisconsin. "My mother always made this cake roll in February," she remembers.

Patriotic Pizzas

Patriotic Pizzas

Patriotic Pizzas

Here's a pie-in-the-sky-idea—pizzas you decorate like a high-flyin' flag! You can decorate it with stripes for the U.S. or with a maple leaf for Canada. Both designs consist of tangy fruit and smooth cream cheese over a tender crust. Since each version is simple to make, you can quickly raise either one for a summer picnic or patriotic party.—Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Patriotic Fruit Pizza

Patriotic Fruit Pizza

Patriotic Fruit Pizza

When strawberry season arrives, folks who know me anticipate this flavorful fruity dessert. It's very pretty and always gets lots of compliments whenever I take it. —Amy Murdoch, Union Grove, Wisconsin

Fourth of July Ice Cream Cake

Fourth of July Ice Cream Cake

Fourth of July Ice Cream Cake

This eye-catching dessert is actually easy to prepare and keeps well in the freezer for days. It's nice to be able to serve cake and ice cream in one slice. —Anne Scholovich, Waukesha, Wisconsin

White Chocolate Strawberry Torte

White Chocolate Strawberry Torte

White Chocolate Strawberry Torte

"This decadent dessert has proved popular at family gatherings," says Denise McNab of Warington, Pennsylvania.

Watermelon Gelatin Dessert

Watermelon Gelatin Dessert

Watermelon Gelatin Dessert

For a refreshing change from the usual birthday cake, flavor your party with this "fruitful" favorite! Since the treat is so easy to prepare, you'll likely want to serve it for other occasions...or even any day at all!—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Blueberry Ice Cream Topping

Blueberry Ice Cream Topping

Blueberry Ice Cream Topping

Here's the scoop on a sensational sauce! Describes Betty Leibnitz of Hallock, Minnesota, "It has fresh-fruit flavor and is delicious with angel food cake, too."

Red, White 'n' Blue Torte

Red, White 'n' Blue Torte

Red, White 'n' Blue Torte

Guests will see fireworks when you turn a frozen pound cake into a patriotic pleaser. Assemble this tempting torte early in the day and keep it in the refrigerator until it's time for dessert. —Margery Bryan, Moses Lake, Washington
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