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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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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

Frozen Banana Split Pie

Frozen Banana Split Pie

Frozen Banana Split Pie

This dessert is special enough to make hamburgers and fries a meal to remember! It's so tall and pretty and just like eating a frozen banana split. Make it ahead to save time. —Joy Collins, Birmingham, Alabama

Heavenly Blueberry Tart

Heavenly Blueberry Tart

Heavenly Blueberry Tart

Mmmm—this tart is bursting with the fresh flavor of blueberries! "Not only do I bake the berries with the crust," describes Lyin Schramm of Berwick, Maine, "but after I take the tart out of the oven, I top it with just-picked fruit."
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Iced Tea Parfaits

Iced Tea  Parfaits

Iced Tea Parfaits

Here’s a parfait that’s perfect for a garden or patio party. Tea adds a wonderfully unexpected flavor to gelatin. And kids will have fun finding the cherry at the bottom.—Teena Petrus, Johnstown, Pennsylvania

Juicy Peach & Strawberry Crumb Pie

Juicy Peach & Strawberry Crumb Pie

Juicy Peach & Strawberry Crumb Pie

You've had peach pie and strawberry pie, and maybe even peach-strawberry pie. But throw in some garden-fresh basil and you're in for a real treat. Trust me. —Lindsay Sprunk, Noblesville, Indiana

Nutty Caramel Ice Cream Cake

Nutty Caramel Ice Cream Cake

Nutty Caramel Ice Cream Cake

We made this frozen treat for a family birthday party, and we received endless comments on it. It’s truly fantastic! Be sure to try the recipe with other ice cream flavors.—Tina Stelzl, Waxhaw, North Carolina

Potluck Strawberry Trifle

Potluck Strawberry Trifle

Potluck Strawberry Trifle

This recipe is a great way to serve dessert to a crowd. Frozen pound cake, strawberries and whipped topping add to the ease of preparation for this trifle, which is made in a jelly roll pan. —Celia Clark, New Tazewell, Tennessee

Razzy Jazzy Berry Tarts

Razzy Jazzy Berry Tarts

Razzy Jazzy Berry Tarts

I serve these fresh-fruit tarts every July at my family's Independence Day celebration. Sometimes I substitute blackberries with blackberry jam, and I often add slivered almonds to the fillings. —Nicole Chatron, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Red, White and Blueberry Pie

Red, White and Blueberry Pie

Red, White and Blueberry Pie

This creamy pie gets dressed up with berries to make a showstopping display at any Fourth of July party or summer get-together. It's as pretty as it is tasty! —Kimberly McFarland, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

S'more Ice Cream Pie

S'more Ice Cream Pie

S'more Ice Cream Pie

The next best thing to that classic campfire treat? Try this easy but elegant-looking freezer pie from our Test Kitchen. It melts in your mouth!

Star-Studded Blueberry Pie

Star-Studded Blueberry Pie

Star-Studded Blueberry Pie

Family and friends say this patriotic pie is better than a local favorite from one of our best neighborhood restaurants. Sometimes, I switch things up and use gooseberries for half of the blueberries. —Nancy Barker, Silverton, Oregon
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