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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.

Candy Bar Cupcakes

Candy Bar Cupcakes

Candy Bar Cupcakes

Everyone in my family loves cupcakes, so I experimented to create these cupcakes that fit my family's tastes. I also tried to make them healthier. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do! —Edie DeSpain, Logan, Utah

French Berry Torte

French Berry Torte

French Berry Torte

For a showstopping dessert that highlights the peak of berry season, turn to this luscious meringue dressed with jam, sweetened whipped cream and strawberries. —GaleLynn Peterson, Long Beach, California

Blueberry Fruit Cobbler

Blueberry Fruit Cobbler

Blueberry Fruit Cobbler

As a child, I was reared on a small farm in southeast Georgia, and tobacco was our main crop. Now blueberries are the main crop in our small town, which has a blueberry festival each year. This recipe was the winner in 2008! —Evelyn Dunlap, Nicolls, Georgia
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Contest-Winning Raspberry Cream Pie

Contest-Winning Raspberry Cream Pie

Contest-Winning Raspberry Cream Pie

This recipe is delicious with either fresh-picked or frozen raspberries. That means you can make it year-round. One bite of raspberry pie will instantly turn winter to summer. —Julie Price, Nashville, TN

Strawberry Bliss

Strawberry Bliss

Strawberry Bliss

An easy-to-make puff pastry crust is topped with a soft-set pudding layer with a hint of strawberry flavor. Because this dessert needs to chill for at least an hour, it's your new go-to for a make-ahead brunch.

Lemon-Mint Pound Cake with Strawberries

Lemon-Mint Pound Cake with Strawberries

Lemon-Mint Pound Cake with Strawberries

Lemon and mint are two ingredients that shout summer to me. This twist on strawberry shortcake comes together like a charm and is great when you want to impress. —Nichole Jones, Pleasant Grove, Utah

Winter Fantasy Star Cupcakes

Winter Fantasy Star Cupcakes

Winter Fantasy Star Cupcakes

Best-selling authors of the book Hello, Cupcake!, Karen Tack & Alan Richardson, spent a few days with us creating one-of-a-kind beauties that you can make at home—no special tools or talents required. Just bake your favorite cupcakes, have your favorite vanilla icing on hand and HAVE FUN!

Berry Patch Pie

Berry Patch Pie

Berry Patch Pie

Enjoy a gorgeous, made-for-summer pie with this mouthwatering recipe. Each bite bursts with sweet, juicy berries.— Taste of Home Test Kitchen.

Cherry-Almond Streusel Tart

Cherry-Almond Streusel Tart

Cherry-Almond Streusel Tart

Brimming with fresh cherries and topped with a crunchy streusel, this tempting tart is a great way to end dinner on a sweet note. It's fast to fix, looks elegant and tastes delicious. —Marion Lee, Mount Hope, Ontario

Buttercream Blast Layer Cake

Buttercream Blast Layer Cake

Buttercream Blast Layer Cake

The decorations on this patriotic dessert remind me of a fireworks display. Since the recipe includes both cookies and cake, people can take their pick—or have both! —Jennifer Lindstrom, Brookfield, Wisconsin

Watermelon Cranberry Sherbet

Watermelon Cranberry Sherbet

Watermelon Cranberry Sherbet

Nothing beats a juicy watermelon in warm summer weather-unless it's this frosty sherbet. A dash of cranberry juice adds a lip-smacking tang to every spoonful. —Jeannie Klugh, Lancaster, PA
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