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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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I first made this eye-pleasing treat for a church social. Not only were people impressed with the taste, but it was one of the most beautiful desserts there. —Krista Collins, Concord, North Carolina
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Ruby-Red Strawberry Sauce

Ruby-Red Strawberry Sauce

Ruby-Red Strawberry Sauce

My best friend, Lynn Young, and I came up with this recipe after our husbands requested it. In addition to ice cream, it can be served over pancakes and waffles. —Terri Zobel, Raleigh, North Carolina

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

Easy Berry Cheesecake Parfaits

Easy Berry Cheesecake Parfaits

Easy Berry Cheesecake Parfaits

These sweet little parfaits take everything that's good about cheesecake and make it way easier. You get the rich creaminess, graham cracker crunch and bright berry flavor all in a fun individual portion. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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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

Berry Smoothie Pops

Berry Smoothie Pops

Berry Smoothie Pops

Three types of good-for-you berries make these pops bright and tasty. —Lisa Roman, Honolulu, Hawaii

Patriotic Cookie & Cream Cupcakes

Patriotic Cookie & Cream Cupcakes

Patriotic Cookie & Cream Cupcakes

Bring on the red, white and blue with this creative cupcake cake perfect for the Fourth of July, Memorial Day or any favorite occasion. With some delicious and colorful frosting and a careful arrangement, your sweet display will be a patriotic nod to our great American flag. —Rebecca Wetherbee, Marion, Ohio

Fourth of July Ice Cream Cake

Fourth of July Ice Cream Cake

Fourth of July Ice Cream Cake

This eye-catching dessert is actually easy to prepare and keeps well in the freezer for days. It's nice to be able to serve cake and ice cream in one slice.—Anne Scholovich, Waukesha, Wisconsin

Berry Compote Topping

Berry Compote Topping

Berry Compote Topping

“This recipe is fantastic served over toasted slices of pound cake as well as warm-from-the-oven biscuits!” Try it over ice cream, too! Wanda Wedekind — West Frankfort, Illinois

Chocolate Cherry Layer Cake

Chocolate Cherry Layer Cake

Chocolate Cherry Layer Cake

This luscious cake is really versatile for all-year fun. I've changed the design on top to a heart for Valentine's, a pumpkin for autumn and a tree for Christmas. —Flo Burtnett, Gage, Oklahoma

Stars and Stripes Forever Dessert

Stars and Stripes Forever Dessert

Stars and Stripes Forever Dessert

Served with a creamy, full-bodied dip, sugared puff pastry stars and a fresh berry medley make a festive dessert. It's pretty, delicious and easy to prepare for the Fourth of July or any summer gathering. —Gail Sykora, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

Creamy Lime Pie with Fresh Berries

Creamy Lime Pie with Fresh Berries

Creamy Lime Pie with Fresh Berries

I combined the tangy taste of lime and cilantro with cream cheese for this unusual berry pie that showcases seasonal fruit. The ginger cookies add zip to the crust. —Anneliese Barz, Fort Mill, South Carolina
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