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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.

Strawberry Pot Pie

Strawberry Pot Pie

Strawberry Pot Pie

I love to make easy desserts, and although these cute individual pies will draw "oohs" and "ahhs" they couldn't be simpler. —Jackie Schwartzinger, Lake Zurich, Illinois

Sour Cherry Sorbet

Sour Cherry Sorbet

Sour Cherry Sorbet

“My mother-in-law has a sour cherry tree in her yard that yields many quarts of cherries each June, and this is a great way to use some up,” notes Carol Gaus of Itasca, Illinois. “This frosty sweet-sour sorbet is a refreshing treat on a hot summer day.”

Star-Spangled Shortcake

Star-Spangled Shortcake

Star-Spangled Shortcake

Celebrate Independence Day with this patriotic treat dreamed up by our home economists. Star-shaped corn muffins are terrific when topped with ice cream and colorful berries.
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Three-Berry Lemon Trifle

Three-Berry Lemon Trifle

Three-Berry Lemon Trifle

"This special recipe was given to me by a friend," Ilene Doty writes from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. "By using some low-fat convenience items, I lightened it up with beautiful results."

Festive Fruit Tart

Festive Fruit Tart

Festive Fruit Tart

"Wow!" is what you'll hear when you serve this impressive dessert to company. "The tart is not only pretty, it's also easy to make," notes Nancy Adams of Hancock, New Hampshire.

Patriotic Popcorn Cake

Patriotic Popcorn Cake

Patriotic Popcorn Cake

"My mother gave me this recipe, and it has been a bake sale and holiday favorite ever since," relates Teresa Lerret from Vacaville, California. "Kids and adults love the caramel popcorn taste. For faster preparation, use microwave popcorn," she suggests.

Berry Pavlova

Berry Pavlova

Berry Pavlova

A soft, crusty meringue lusciously complements a very berry filling in this pretty dessert from field editor Nancy Foust of Stoneboro, Pennsylvania.

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.”

Berry Compote Topping

Berry Compote Topping

Berry Compote Topping

“This recipe is fantastic served over toasted slices of pound cake as well as warm-from-the-oven biscuits!” Try it over ice cream, too! Wanda Wedekind — West Frankfort, Illinois

Grilled Pear Sundaes

Grilled Pear Sundaes

Grilled Pear Sundaes

Who says you can't make dessert on the grill? Our home economists whipped up this comforting treat that's sure to turn heads…and keep healthy-eating commitments. Sweetened with cinnamon-sugar, the warm and tender pear slices are served alongside a little vanilla ice cream.

Papa's Sugar Cookies

Papa's Sugar Cookies

Papa's Sugar Cookies

“My grandchildren love these sugar cookies.” These crisp cookies will melt in your mouth. Their subtle macadamia nut, cinnamon and orange peel flavors go perfectly together. —Lee Doverspike, North Ridgeville, Ohio
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