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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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Pretzel Sparklers

Pretzel Sparklers

Pretzel Sparklers

"These irresistible treats are simple enough for kids to make, and they sell well at bazaars," says Renee Schwebach of Dumont, Minnesota. "You can use different candy sprinkles to reflect other holiday themes."

Rhubarb/Strawberry Pie

Rhubarb/Strawberry Pie

Rhubarb/Strawberry Pie

This recipe has become a favorite with us. My husband never liked rhubarb until he tasted this pie...now he asks me to make it often!

Refreshing Rhubarb Ice Cream

Refreshing Rhubarb Ice Cream

Refreshing Rhubarb Ice Cream

No matter where my military family is stationed, this ice cream always makes me think of my parents’ backyard rhubarb patch in Rochester, New York. —Rachel Garcia, Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Swedish Creme

Swedish Creme

Swedish Creme

This thick and creamy dessert is my interpretation of my mother’s recipe for Swedish “Krem”. It has just a hint of almond flavor and looks spectacular with bright-red berries on top. Serve it in glasses to match the occasion. —Linda Nilsen, Anoka, Minnesota

Cape Cod Blueberry Pie

Cape Cod Blueberry Pie

Cape Cod Blueberry Pie

We Northeasterners have been baking this pie since the 18th century. Settlers would’ve used little wild blueberries and topped it with cream. I do, too. —Nancy OConnell, Biddeford, Maine

Cool and Creamy Raspberry Delight

Cool and Creamy Raspberry Delight

Cool and Creamy Raspberry Delight

I knew that this cool, fruit and creamy dessert was a winner the first time I tasted it. I confirmed that fact a few summers ago when I entered the recipe in a contest at work—it won first place. Co-workers still call to request it. —Mary Olson, Albany, Oregon

Drop Sugar Cookies

Drop Sugar Cookies

Drop Sugar Cookies

From Coos Bay, Oregon, Shirley Brazel shares a recipe she's been relying on for more than 25 years. The cookies have a crisp edge, soft center and subtle lemon flavor. Choose colored sugar to tailor them to any occasion.

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.

Mixed Berry Pie

Mixed Berry Pie

Mixed Berry Pie

Here's a delightful way to enjoy summertime fruits. If you're short on one of the berries, just make up the amount with one of the other fruits in the pie. —Elaine Moody, Clever, Missouri

Berry-Patch Brownie Pizza

Berry-Patch Brownie Pizza

Berry-Patch Brownie Pizza

“I just love the combination of fruit, almonds and chocolate that makes this brownie so unique,” relates Sue Kauffman of Columbia City, Indiana. “The fruit lightens the chocolate a bit and makes it feel like you are eating something sinfully healthy.”

Blueberry Crumb Bars

Blueberry Crumb Bars

Blueberry Crumb Bars

Think of this as a blueberry crisp turned into a hand-held treat. Oats and fresh blueberries are combined for a sweet, no-fuss dish. —Blair Lonergan, Rochelle, Virginia
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