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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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Strawberry Ice Cream Dessert

Strawberry Ice Cream Dessert

Strawberry Ice Cream Dessert

This pretty, refreshing treat has been served many times at our church showers. We just love it.—Teresa Ryherd, Fairbank, Iowa

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."

Blackberry Cheesecake Bars

Blackberry Cheesecake Bars

Blackberry Cheesecake Bars

Sugar cookie dough is a speedy way to turn ricotta and mascarpone cheeses topped with blackberries into beautiful bars. — Terri Crandall, Gardnerville, Nevada
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Favorite Cranberry Mousse

Favorite Cranberry Mousse

Favorite Cranberry Mousse

We live about 100 miles from Cape Cod, which is known for its cranberries. When we spent a weekend there, we toured the Cranberry World Visitors Center, which is where I found this recipe. When I made it for our fellowship group at church, everyone wanted the recipe. You’ll be surprised it’s so easy to make with just four ingredients.

Lemon 'n' Lime Strawberry Ice

Lemon 'n' Lime Strawberry Ice

Lemon 'n' Lime Strawberry Ice

I love this icy dessert anytime, but it's especially good in the summer. It's the perfect refresher after dinner. —Marie Rizzo, Interlochen, Michigan

American Flag Berry Pie

American Flag Berry Pie

American Flag Berry Pie

We have summer parties at my home every year and this is the delicious pie I always serve. My family always enjoys it because it is so festive. —Sherry R Clubine, Independence, Kansas

Angel Berry Tunnel Cake

Angel Berry Tunnel Cake

Angel Berry Tunnel Cake

"This tasty cake is a light favorite for summer," jots Ruth Marie Lyons. To save time, the Boulder, Colorado cook relies on a purchased angel food cake and frozen whipped topping.

Blueberry Cobbler

Blueberry Cobbler

Blueberry Cobbler

This simple slow-cooked dessert comes together in a jiffy. If you like, you can substitute apple or cherry pie filling for the blueberry. —Nelda Cronbaugh, Belle Plaine, Iowa

Blueberry Crumble Tarts

Blueberry Crumble Tarts

Blueberry Crumble Tarts

Pop one in a lunch box, share a batch at work or wait until dessert—these are sweet anytime, anywhere. Sometimes, I refrigerate prepared tarts overnight and bake them while making dinner the next day. Foolproof. —Carole Fraser, North York, Ontario

Chocolate Malt Shoppe Pie

Chocolate Malt Shoppe Pie

Chocolate Malt Shoppe Pie

I especially like serving this dessert at a cookout or at any event where there are children—it's always a big hit! —Beth Wanek, Little Chute, Wisconsin

Firecracker Cupcakes

Firecracker Cupcakes

Firecracker Cupcakes

These no-fuss treats are so much fun to make with kids, and they put a spark in Fourth of July parties. You can tint the whipped topping red and blue to make the frosting festive, too. —Erin Glass, White Hall, Maryland
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