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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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From Big Rock, Virginia, Mrs. Fred Stacy suggests, "Bright berries make this rice pudding perfectly patriotic."
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Root Beer Float Cookies

Root Beer Float Cookies

Root Beer Float Cookies

A hint of good, old-fashioned root beer flavors these chewy-soft cookies. They're great with ice cream! —Jim Gordon, Beecher, Illinois

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

American Flag Berry Pie

American Flag Berry Pie

American Flag Berry Pie

We have summer parties 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
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Macaroon Cherry Pie

Macaroon Cherry Pie

Macaroon Cherry Pie

I use homegrown cherries in this bountiful pie with its unique crunchy coconut topping. But I've found that purchased tart cherries yield a dessert that's nearly as delicious. I always bake this pie around Presidents' Day or Valentine's Day, but it's popular with my family in any season.

Chocolate-Raspberry Cutout Cookies

Chocolate-Raspberry Cutout Cookies

Chocolate-Raspberry Cutout Cookies

When my daughter, Katie, was 2, the juicy, ripe raspberries in my backyard inspired me to create this cutout cookie. It's become a mother-daughter tradition to pick the raspberries, choose the cutter shapes, cut out the cookies and frost them. We treasure the hours we’ve shared in the kitchen creating not only delightful cookies, but lasting memories.—Cindy Beberman, Orland Park, Illinois

Lemon Stars

Lemon Stars

Lemon Stars

Each one of these cookies has a citrusy zing and a light, crunchy texture. The star theme makes them ideal for the Christmas season. —Jacqueline Hill, Sandusky, Ohio

Mint Sundae Brownie Squares

Mint Sundae Brownie Squares

Mint Sundae Brownie Squares

“I love brownies," says Edie DeSpain of Logan, Utah, "and this recipe makes a luscious, after-dinner dessert that’s so simple to prepare. Get ready for mega compliments…and no leftovers!”

Lemon-Lime Bars

Lemon-Lime Bars

Lemon-Lime Bars

I baked these bars for a luncheon on a hot summer day. A gentleman made his way to the kitchen to compliment the cook who made them.

Apple Crumble Pie

Apple Crumble Pie

Apple Crumble Pie

The crumb topping of this apple crumb pie recipe is awesome, which may explain why dessert always disappears fast. Or maybe it's the chunky apple filling. Either way, it's a family tradition. —Vera Brouwer, Maurice, Iowa

Yummy Cracker Snacks

Yummy Cracker Snacks

Yummy Cracker Snacks

These treats are my family's favorite, and it seems no matter how many I make, they always disappear too soon. —D. Weaver, Ephrata, Pennsylvania

America's Birthday Cake

America's Birthday Cake

America's Birthday Cake

My birthday is July 3, so we celebrate it along with America's birthday. I created this yummy cake as a way to serve a red, white and blue cake for both occasions. We top each piece with a birthday candle and everyone blows out the candle to celebrate both birthdays. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
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