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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.

Cool Strawberry Cream

Cool Strawberry Cream

Cool Strawberry Cream

"This fruity luscious dessert makes a wonderful ending to a special dinner," says Joyce Cooper of Mount Forest, Ontario. "When fresh strawberries are not available, I substitute frozen unsweetened berries, thawed and drained."

Drop Sugar Cookies

Drop Sugar Cookies

Drop Sugar Cookies

From Coos Bay, Oregon, Shirley Brazel shares a recipe she's been relying on for more than 25 years. The cookies have a crisp edge, soft center and subtle lemon flavor. Choose colored sugar to tailor them to any occasion.

Patriotic Banana Split

Patriotic Banana Split

Patriotic Banana Split

This lip-smacking salute to summertime is a creative cross between a classic banana split and a fruit salad. A scoop of watermelon, fresh berries and a sweet creamy topping produce a red, white and blue finale to any meal. And best of all, you won't have to worry about you dessert melting!
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Finnish Berry Dessert

Finnish Berry Dessert

Finnish Berry Dessert

"I'm from Finland and have several native recipes that I've altered over time to appeal to American tastes," explains Sirpa Jarvis of The Plains, Ohio. "This refreshing dessert gives folks a taste of my homeland."

Contest-Winning Raspberry Ribbon Pie

Contest-Winning Raspberry Ribbon Pie

Contest-Winning Raspberry Ribbon Pie

It's fun to go out as a family and pick raspberries to make my mother-in-law's pie recipe. We always freeze some berries, so we can make this pie year-round.

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

White Chocolate Cones

White Chocolate Cones

White Chocolate Cones

Hand out these dipped delights, and they'll disappear lickety-split! Crafting Traditions' kitchen staff made the ice cream extra-special by topping it with melted white chocolate. What's more, they sprinkled on chocolate shavings.

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

Stars and Stripes Torte

Stars and Stripes Torte

Stars and Stripes Torte

A star design made with fresh berries gave this dessert a patriotic personality for our parade of holiday foods! Everyone loved the creamy filling and rich fruit flavors. It's impressive-looking but not difficult to make. -Laurie Neverman, Green Bay, Wisconsin

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

Cheesecake Strawberry Trifle

Cheesecake Strawberry Trifle

Cheesecake Strawberry Trifle

"The only drawback to this lovely dessert is that there's never any left over," laughs Lori Thorp from Frazee, Minnesota. "For a patriotic look, replace one of the layers of strawberry pie filling with blueberry...or use whatever filling you prefer."
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