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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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Lemon-Berry Shortcake

Lemon-Berry Shortcake

Lemon-Berry Shortcake

This simple lemon shortcake is tender and not overly sweet. Enjoy this summertime classic with a generous layer of whipped topping and berries. —Meryl Herr, Overland Park, Kansas

Red, White and Blue Berry Pie

Red, White and Blue Berry Pie

Red, White and Blue Berry Pie

TBright blueberries and raspberries sandwich a cream cheese layer in this festive pie. I can’t imagine a Fourth of July party without it. A 3 ounce box of gelatin should be enough with a little leftover. —Cindy Zarnstorff, Anchorage, Alaska

Summer Dessert Pizza

Summer Dessert Pizza

Summer Dessert Pizza

My family enjoys this dessert anytime of the year, but it's especially refreshing during the hot months. You can use whatever fruits are in season. —Ida Ruth Wenger, Harrisonburg, Virginia
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Blueberry Pie with Graham Cracker Crust

Blueberry Pie with Graham Cracker Crust

Blueberry Pie with Graham Cracker Crust

We live in blueberry country, and this pie is a perfect way to showcase the luscious berries. A neighbor made this pie for us when we had a death in the family several years ago, and she shared the recipe, too. Our whole family enjoys it.

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

Bluebarb Pie

Bluebarb Pie

Bluebarb Pie

If you're a fan of strawberry-rhubarb pie, you'll want to try this twist on the classic. Here, blueberries provide the sweet counterpoint to the tart rhubarb, with mouthwatering results. —Steve Gyuro, Franklin, Wisconsin

Swedish Raspberry Almond Bars

Swedish Raspberry Almond Bars

Swedish Raspberry Almond Bars

“When I was a single mom with a young daughter and little money, my Swedish neighbor brought me a batch of these cookies at Christmas. My daughter’s 36 now, and I still make these wonderful cookies.” —Marina Castle North Hollywood, California

Blueberry Zucchini Squares

Blueberry Zucchini Squares

Blueberry Zucchini Squares

I saw a bar recipe using apple and lemon peel on a muffin mix box. I tried it from scratch with shredded zucchini and fresh blueberries instead. It’s a nifty combo. —Shelly Bevington, Hermiston, Oregon

Pretzel Sparklers

Pretzel Sparklers

Pretzel Sparklers

"These irresistible treats are simple enough for kids to make, and they sell well at bazaars," says Renee Schwebach of Dumont, Minnesota. "You can use different candy sprinkles to reflect other holiday themes."

Patriotic Dessert

Patriotic Dessert

Patriotic Dessert

I took this patriotic dessert to a luncheon and came home with dozens of requests for the recipe! It was quite a success. People told me it looked as good as it tasted. —Flo Burtnett, Gage, Oklahoma

Swedish Creme

Swedish Creme

Swedish Creme

This thick and creamy dessert is my interpretation of my mother’s recipe for Swedish “Krem”. It has just a hint of almond flavor and looks spectacular with bright-red berries on top. Serve it in glasses to match the occasion. —Linda Nilsen, Anoka, Minnesota
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