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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.

Red, White & Blueberry Poke Cake

Red, White & Blueberry Poke Cake

Red, White & Blueberry Poke Cake

A sweet treat in the summer, this patriotic poke cake with dazzling red and blue stripes is a fun one to make with the kids. —Elisabeth Schulz, Blossvale, New York
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Picnic Berry Shortcakes

Picnic Berry Shortcakes

Picnic Berry Shortcakes

You can make the berry sauce ahead of time and chill. Then assemble the entire dessert a couple of hours before the picnic or party. —Frieda Bliesner, McAllen, Texas

Deconstructed Raspberry Pie

Deconstructed Raspberry Pie

Deconstructed Raspberry Pie

It took us a couple tries to get the crumb crust just right in this fun-to-make and even-funner-to-eat graham cracker pie. Try it with fresh strawberries or blueberries. —Healthy Cooking Test Kitchen
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Kahlua Dream Bars

Kahlua Dream Bars

Kahlua Dream Bars

I always double this recipe so everyone gets a piece. If the glaze is too sweet, use one square of unsweetened chocolate and two of semisweet.—Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, ON

Chocolate-Dipped Lemon Cookies

Chocolate-Dipped Lemon Cookies

Chocolate-Dipped Lemon Cookies

I make these light and tasty cookies every holiday season and everybody finds them irresistible. I love to dip the ends into melted chocolate for a sweet addition.

Summer Blackberry Cobbler

Summer Blackberry Cobbler

Summer Blackberry Cobbler

My husband is from Alabama, so I like to treat him to classic Southern desserts. This cobbler is a must-have for us in the summer. —Kimberly Danek Pinkson, San Anselmo, California

Thomas Jefferson's Vanilla Ice Cream

Thomas Jefferson's Vanilla Ice Cream

Thomas Jefferson's Vanilla Ice Cream

The third U.S. president is credited with jotting down the first American recipe for this treat. No vanilla bean on hand? Substitute 1 tablespoon vanilla extract for the vanilla bean. Just stir the extract into the cream mixture after the ice-water bath. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Lemon & Cream Pops

Lemon & Cream Pops

Lemon & Cream Pops

Sweetened condensed milk ensures a creamy, dreamy popsicle. The bright lemon flavor is perfect for summer. —Sharon Guinta, Stamford, Connecticut

Fudgy Almond Pops

Fudgy Almond Pops

Fudgy Almond Pops

Amaretto creamer is the surprise ingredient that enhances the almond flavor of these chocolate fudge pops. —Sharon Guinta, Stamford, CT

Berry White Ice Pops

Berry White Ice Pops

Berry White Ice Pops

I think it's safe to say Barry White would love these Berry White Ice Pops speckled with colorful mixed berries. —Sharon Guinta, Stamford, CT

Classic Butter Pie Pastry

Classic Butter Pie Pastry

Classic Butter Pie Pastry

This all-butter pastry makes a flavorful, flaky pie crust that’s easy to handle and bakes up golden brown and beautiful. It’s just like mom’s—only better!—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
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