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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.

Key Lime Ice Cream in Meringue Shells

Key Lime Ice Cream in Meringue Shells

Key Lime Ice Cream in Meringue Shells

I love ice cream and this fabulous dessert features a tart lime ice cream in a crunchy meringue shell with yummy fruit to top it off.—Sue Pittman, Burnsville, North Carolina

Corn Ice Cream

Corn Ice Cream

Corn Ice Cream

You have to give this novel ice cream a try. It’s actually made with corn, sweetly flavored by vanilla extract and maple syrup. I plan to make this surprising treat every summer.—Diana Burrink, Crete, Illinois

Banana Split Icebox Cake

Banana Split Icebox Cake

Banana Split Icebox Cake

Salute Ohio's annual banana split festival with an easy version that turns graham crackers and toppings into icebox cake. —Shelly Flye, Bangor, Maine
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Red, White and Blue Cheesecake

Red, White and Blue Cheesecake

Red, White and Blue Cheesecake

I made this creamy cheesecake for a Fourth of July get-together with friends. Everyone raved about it, especially my friend's 9-year-old grandson. It looks so pretty and tastes delicious. —Connie LaFond, Troy, New York

Watermelon Vodka Sorbet

Watermelon Vodka Sorbet

Watermelon Vodka Sorbet

This icy granita is a cooling delight on a hot summer day. This is an adults only goody. You can use watermelon vodka for plain vodka if you like.—Rebekah Beyer, Sabetha, Kansas

Razzy Jazzy Berry Tarts

Razzy Jazzy Berry Tarts

Razzy Jazzy Berry Tarts

I serve these fresh-fruit tarts every July at my family's Independence Day celebration. Sometimes I substitute blackberries with blackberry jam, and I often add slivered almonds to the fillings. —Nicole Chatron, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Caramel Toffee Brownies

Caramel Toffee Brownies

Caramel Toffee Brownies

I love to make up recipes for foods that I am craving, such as chocolate, toffee and caramel. They came together in this brownie for one sensational treat. I frequently make these to add to care packages for family and friends.—Brenda Caughell, Durham, North Carolina

Cola Cake with Strawberries & Cream

Cola Cake with Strawberries & Cream

Cola Cake with Strawberries & Cream

We Southerners have been eating cola cake for decades. This easy version has strawberries, too. Chill it in the fridge for a dreamy summer dessert. —Peggy Walpert, Fort Worth, Texas

Blackberry Mint Pops

Blackberry Mint Pops

Blackberry Mint Pops

Classic pops get a nutrition makeover and go gourmet when blackberries and mint collide in the freezer.—Myrna Campbell, Philomath, Oregon

Double Cherry Pie

Double Cherry Pie

Double Cherry Pie

The combination of tart canned cherries and dried cherries make this so yummy. This is the best cherry pie I have ever raised on a fork to my lips! —Jerri Gradert, Lincoln, Nebraska

Chocolate-Raspberry Cutout Cookies

Chocolate-Raspberry Cutout Cookies

Chocolate-Raspberry Cutout Cookies

When my daughter, Katie, was 2, the juicy, ripe raspberries in my backyard inspired me to create this cutout cookie. It's become a mother-daughter tradition to pick the raspberries, choose the cutter shapes, cut out the cookies and frost them. We treasure the hours we’ve shared in the kitchen creating not only delightful cookies, but lasting memories.—Cindy Beberman, Orland Park, Illinois
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