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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White Chocolate Star Sandwich Cookies

White Chocolate Star Sandwich Cookies

White Chocolate Star Sandwich Cookies

These dazzling sandwich cookies are sure to be the star of your holiday dessert tray. A rich mixture of white chocolate and cream cheese forms the sweet yet simple filling.

Easy Royal Icing

Easy Royal Icing

Easy Royal Icing

This classic decorating icing sets up and dries quickly. It's especially nice to use when cookies will be stacked on a plate. For accompanying recipes and decorating tips, visit Spring Has Sprung. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Peach Gelato

Peach Gelato

Peach Gelato

This heavenly, creamy gelato looks as good as it tastes. The mild, refreshing peach flavor will make everyone a fan. —Molly Haen, Baldwin, Wisconsin

Strawberries and Champagne Cheesecake

Strawberries and Champagne Cheesecake

Strawberries and Champagne Cheesecake

I bake from scratch because I believe that love—and sweetened condensed milk—are the best ingredients. —Kathryn Work, Louisville, Kentucky

Hot Fudge Topping

Hot Fudge Topping

Hot Fudge Topping

I've been making this thick and tasty hot fudge sauce for years. Use it to top ice cream, cake or any other dessert! —Judy Carl, Duluth, Minnesota

Berries 'n' Cream Torte

Berries 'n' Cream Torte

Berries 'n' Cream Torte

It's so easy to see why this fruity dessert always impresses dinner guests. I sometimes substitute the berries with sliced bananas.—Tina Sawchuk, Ardmore, Alberta

Fruit Juice Pops

Fruit Juice Pops

Fruit Juice Pops

I've used this recipe for years as a refreshing treat. My children enjoyed these pops more than any store-bought ones I ever brought home. They taste great with either pineapple or orange juice. Try freezing and serving in cups made from hollowed-out oranges. —Barbara Stewart, Garland, Texas

Toffee Caramel Ice Cream Pie

Toffee Caramel Ice Cream Pie

Toffee Caramel Ice Cream Pie

This delicious pie is easy to make and so pretty. It comes together in under 30 minutes and since you can make it in advance, it’s ideal for entertaining. --Diane Lombardo, New Castle, Pennsylvania

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

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

Patriotic Pizzas

Patriotic Pizzas

Patriotic Pizzas

Here's a pie-in-the-sky-idea—pizzas you decorate like a high-flyin' flag! You can decorate it with stripes for the U.S. or with a maple leaf for Canada. Both designs consist of tangy fruit and smooth cream cheese over a tender crust. Since each version is simple to make, you can quickly raise either one for a summer picnic or patriotic party.—Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
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