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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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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

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

If you want to enjoy one of these soft, fully loaded treats the day after you make them, you’d better find a good hiding spot. —Jennifer Krey, Clarence, New York

Dar's Coconut Cream Pie

Dar's Coconut Cream Pie

Dar's Coconut Cream Pie

When I whip up a toasted coconut cream pie, my family goes wild and it vanishes. —Darlene Bartos, Shoreview, Minnesota
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Double Chocolate Coconut Brownies

Double Chocolate Coconut Brownies

Double Chocolate Coconut Brownies

Thanks to a head start from a mix, it's easy to bake up these crowd-pleasing treats. It's hard to stop at just one brownie, but don't worry—my recipe makes 30 servings! —Brenda Melancon, McComb, Mississippi

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 Fourth of July 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
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