39 All-American Fourth of July Bars

Show your Independence Day spirit with patriotic desserts, like these Fourth of July bars. Serve them alongside other Independence Day-themed desserts like Fourth of July cupcakes or Fourth of July cookies and your dessert tray will be all set for the holiday!

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Chocolate Chip Blondies

Folks who love the flavor of the classic cookie will enjoy that same great flavor in these Fourth of July chocolate chip bars. This blondie recipe can be mixed up in a jiffy, tastes wonderful, and is perfect for occasions when company drops by unexpectedly or you need a treat in a hurry. —Rhonda Knight, Hecker, Illinois

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Cherry Bars

Whip up a pan of these festive Fourth of July bars in just 20 minutes with staple ingredients and cherry pie filling. Between the easy preparation and the pretty colors, they’re destined to become a holiday classic. —Jane Kamp, Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Glazed Apple Pie Bars

This is only one of many wonderful recipes that my mother handed down to me. With their flaky crust and scrumptious fruit filling, these delicious apple pie bars are the perfect way to serve apple pie to a crowd. —Janet English, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Lemon Cheesecake Squares

Whether I’m hosting friends or sending a plate to work with my husband, these creamy elegant lemon cheesecake bars are always a hit. It’s a wonderful make-ahead dessert that easily serves a large group. —Peggy Reddick, Cumming, Georgia
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Mango Getaway Bars

I’ve always enjoyed the flavor of mango, so I created this recipe to feature the sweet tropical fruit. —Patricia Harmon, Baden, Pennsylvania
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Blueberry Crumb Bars

Think of this as a blueberry crisp turned into a hand-held treat. Oats and fresh blueberries combine for a sweet, uncomplicated dish. —Blair Lonergan, Rochelle, Virginia
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Key Lime Blondie Bars

Here’s my tropical take on a beloved treat. These Key lime bars combine the taste of the classic pie with a blondie batter and cream cheese frosting. You can make a thicker crust if desired. —Kristin LaBoon, Austin, Texas

Keep things simple with these easy Fourth of July desserts.

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Strawberry and Peach Lime Custard Bars

After I baked, my dad would always find his way to the kitchen and ask if he could try what I made. I enjoyed asking him to taste test different creations, like these bars. He was always ready with a compliment. Other fruits can be arranged over the custard, depending on what’s in season. —Carlin Tou, Chandler, Arizona
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Apple Crumb Bars

This has been a favorite Fourth of July bar recipe of mine for many years. I’ve made these apple crisp bars for parties and for family, and they’re always a hit. —Barbara Pickard, Union Lake, Michigan
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Audrey’s Lemon Meringue Bars

We are always trying to find new ways to use the fruit from our lemon tree. My 13-year-old daughter, Audrey, decided to combine two of my lemony favorites: lemon bars and lemon meringue pie. After several intense hours in the kitchen (and warding off her horde of brothers), these delicious lemon meringue bars were born. —Monica Fearnside, Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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Oreo Rice Krispies Treats

These Oreo Rice Krispies Treats are chewy on the inside with a crispy, crunchy cookie top. Not only are they tasty, but the crumbled cookies make for a sweet presentation. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Fried Ice Cream Dessert Bars

Fried ice cream is such a delicious treat, but it can be a hassle to make individual servings. This recipe gives you the same fabulous flavor in an easy and convenient bar form. —Andrea Price, Grafton, Wisconsin
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Golden M&M’s Bars

Our family loves to take drives, and I often bring these M&M cookie bars along for snacking in the car. —Martha Haseman, Hinckley, Illinois
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Banana Split Cake Bars

Summer isn’t summer without a banana split or two, and these fun Fourth of July bars bring that same delicious flavor in potluck-perfect form. —Jasey McBurnett, Rock Springs, Wyoming

Nothing says patriotic like red, white and blue desserts.

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Raspberry Patch Crumb Bars

To give these fresh, fruity Fourth of July bars even more crunch, add a sprinkling of nuts to the yummy crumb topping. Everyone will want to indulge. —Leanna M. Thorne, Lakewood, Colorado
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South Dakota Frito Treats

Yep, they’re made with corn chips, but don’t let that fool you. These salty sweets were a staple after meetings at the quilt guild I once belonged to. —Carol Tramp, Wynot, Nebraska
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Blueberry Lattice Bars

Since our area has an annual blueberry festival, my daughters and I are always looking for amazing new recipes to enter in the cooking contest. These lovely Fourth of July bars won a blue ribbon one year. —Debbie Ayers, Baileyville, Maine
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Chocolate Scotcheroos

This chocolate scotcheroos recipe was given to me by one of my students at school. It has become one of my family’s favorites and is so easy to make. —Lois Mays, Covington, Pennsylvania
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Chocolate Oat Squares

When you bring these treats to a gathering, guests will be tempted to start at the dessert table. Chock-full of chocolate and walnuts, they will satisfy any sweet tooth. I often make a second batch just for my family. —Jennifer Eilts, Lincoln, Nebraska
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Banana Squares

When we were first married, my husband was in the Navy. Stationed in Puerto Rico, we had banana trees growing in our yard, so I found ways to use dozens of ripe bananas at a time. I made these banana squares often. They freeze well and make a great snack to have on hand when friends drop in for coffee. —Susan Miller, Raleigh, North Carolina
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Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Blondies

I converted these blondies to be gluten-free so that my family could enjoy a comforting dessert. We were craving brownies one night, and these cakelike treats hit the spot. They are a fantastic spin on gluten-free peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. —Becky Klope, Loudonville, New York
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Dream Bars

Who doesn't like this dessert duo? Add your favorite combination of candies to garnish the tops of these chocolate peanut butter dream bars. —Cindi DeClue, Anchorage, Alaska
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Classic Lemon Bars

These Fourth of July bars are simple enough for a no-fuss dinner yet elegant enough for a special celebration. Regardless of when you serve them, they’ll be a hit. —Melissa Mosness, Loveland, Colorado
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Deluxe Chocolate Marshmallow Bars

I've been asked to share this marshmallow chocolate bar recipe more than any other in my collection. It's a longtime favorite of our three daughters. How many times we've all made these, I can't count. — Esther Shank, Harrisonville, Virginia
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Peach Crumble Bars

My favorite way to enjoy these Fourth of July bars is to eat one while sitting on the porch with an iced tea in hand. Make them for any occasion; they will be gobbled up quickly. —Ally Billhorn, Wilton, Iowa
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Banana Bars with Orange Frosting

I’ve been making these Fourth of July banana bars with orange frosting for years. They’re always a hit at cookouts and parties. The secret to tasty banana desserts is the ripeness of the bananas. The riper, the better. —Mary Sturgis, Hingham, Massachusetts
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Strawberry Rhubarb Cheesecake Bars

These Fourth of July bars layer a buttery pecan shortbread crust with a rich and creamy filling and sweet-tart strawberry rhubarb jam. For larger squares, cut into nine bars instead of 16. —Amanda Scarlati, Sandy, Utah
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Peanut Caramel Brownie Bites

With their multiple decadent layers, these brownies are my family's absolute favorite. —Ella Agans, Birch Tree, Missouri
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Rocky Road Rice Krispies Treats

Piled high with chocolate chunks, gooey marshmallows and crushed graham crackers, this rocky road Rice Krispies Treats recipe is perfect for those with a sweet tooth. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

I received this recipe from a co-worker who made these heavenly bars for a potluck. Since they combine two favorite flavors—chocolate chip cookies and cheesecake—in one bite, they were a hit with our three grown children. —Jane Nolt, Narvon, Pennsylvania
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

These chewy bars are the perfect no-fuss contribution to a potluck or bake sale. I’ve discovered the trick is to get them into the refrigerator so the chocolate can set before they disappear! —Lorri Speer, Centralia, Washington
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Raspberry-Rhubarb Slab Pie

Slab pie is a pastry baked in a jelly-roll pan and cut into slabs like a bar cookie—or a pie bar, if you will. My grandfather was a professional baker and served pieces of slab pie to his customers back in the day. Here is my spin, featuring rhubarb and gorgeous red raspberries. —Jeanne Ambrose, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Butter Pecan Cookie Bars with Penuche Drizzle

I have made these Butter Pecan Cookie Bars for many, many years. They are rich, chewy, nutty and buttery—all the good stuff. They freeze well, that is, if they last long enough. A little drizzle of old-fashioned penuche icing takes them over the top. —Kallee Krong-McCreery, Escondido, California
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Vegan Tropical Magic Bars

These vegan magic bars are one of the easiest treats you can make. By using plant-based butter and condensed coconut milk, they are completely vegan-friendly. I also added some dried pineapple, mango and macadamia nuts to give them the tropical spin. —James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor
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Picnic Bars

You'll score points with a crowd when you stir together these delicious fudge-like treats. They're very moist and rich. The chocolate chips and walnuts make a pretty topping. —Frank Bee, Eugene, Oregon
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Strawberry-Lime Bars

Our family loves fresh strawberries, so I look for different ways to use them. These tempting, yummy Fourth of July bars have sweet strawberries, tart lime and salty pretzels. —Alexandra Barnett, Forest, Virginia
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Almond Poppy Seed Bars

These tender squares from Pam Mroz of Rochester, Minnesota have a sweet frosting and generous sprinkling of poppy seeds throughout. “The bars are a snap to whip up, plus they use ingredients I usually have on hand,” she notes.
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Chocolate Chip Blondies

Folks who adore the classic cookies will enjoy that same beloved flavor in these chocolate chip bars. This blondie recipe can be mixed up in a jiffy, tastes wonderful, and is perfect for occasions when company drops by unexpectedly or you need a treat in a hurry. —Rhonda Knight, Hecker, Illinois

Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is a former Taste of Home editor and passionate baker. During her tenure, she poured her love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. Lisa also dedicated her career here to finding and testing the best ingredients, kitchen gear and home products for our Test Kitchen-Preferred program. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.