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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.

Refreshing Rhubarb Ice Cream

Refreshing Rhubarb Ice Cream

Refreshing Rhubarb Ice Cream

No matter where my family is stationed, this rhubarb recipe always makes me think of my parents’ backyard garden in Rochester, New York. —Rachel Garcia, Fort Knox, Kentucky

Marshmallow Fruit Kabobs

Marshmallow Fruit Kabobs

Marshmallow Fruit Kabobs

Claudia Ruis knows a way to slip more fruit into your family's diet. "Both kids and adults love these fun grilled fruit kabobs. I like the fact that the sauce and be made ahead of time," she writes from Massapequa, New York. "Kids will have a great time helping to assemble the kabobs, too."

Cherry Pie Dessert

Cherry Pie Dessert

Cherry Pie Dessert

“A friend shared this recipe with me,” says Alisha Rice of Albany, Oregon about this easy dessert with a shortbread-like crust. It's buttery but crunchy and kids will absolutely love it.
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Apple Skewers

Apple Skewers

Apple Skewers

We enjoy these flavorful grilled apples with a lightly spiced coating all year. Best of all, they’re a cinch to grill or broil and cleanup’s a breeze. –Doris Sowers of Hutchinson, Kansas

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.

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.
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