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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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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

Lemon-Berry Shortcake

Lemon-Berry Shortcake

Lemon-Berry Shortcake

Here's a quick-and-easy summertime classic. The shortcake layer in this Lemon-Berry Shortcake recipe is tender and not overly sweet. Add some blueberries to the top for an extra-pretty finish to patriotic celebrations. —Meryl Herr, Overland Park, Kansas

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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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

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."

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

Red, White and Blue Berry Pie

Red, White and Blue Berry Pie

Red, White and Blue Berry Pie

To me, this colorful pie is the epitome of summer. Bright blueberries and raspberries sandwich a cream cheese layer in the pie that’s quite festive. I can’t imagine a Fourth of July party without it. —Cindy Zarnstorff, Anchorage, Alaska

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

Rhubarb/Strawberry Pie

Rhubarb/Strawberry Pie

Rhubarb/Strawberry Pie

This recipe has become a favorite with us. My husband never liked rhubarb until he tasted this pie...now he asks me to make it often!

Strawberries & Cream Torte

Strawberries & Cream Torte

Strawberries & Cream Torte

This festive strawberry summer treat is one of my mom's favorites. It wows guests every time yet is simple to make. — Cathy Branciaroli, Wilmington, Delaware

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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