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Patriotic Dessert Recipe

Patriotic Dessert Recipe

I took this patriotic dessert to a luncheon and came home with dozens of requests for the recipe! It was quite a success. People told me it looked as good as it tasted. —Flo Burtnett, Gage, Oklahoma
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling YIELD:12-15 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups cold milk
  • 1 package (5.1 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 cups fresh strawberries, halved
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries


  • 1. In a bowl, combine flour, pecans and butter. Press into an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 2. In a bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar. Fold in half the whipped topping; spread over crust. In another bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set.
  • 3. Spread over cream cheese layer. Cover with remaining whipped topping. Decorate with strawberries and blueberries to resemble a flag. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving. Yield: 12-15 servings.

Recipe Note

Test Kitchen Tips

  • Styling tip: For clean delineation between stripes, place cut strawberry halves on a paper towel before assembling so they don't bleed into the topping.
  • If you prefer, substitute raspberries for strawberries.
  • Nutritional Facts

    1 slice: 335 calories, 21g fat (11g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 255mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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    sstetzel User ID: 158954 267508
    Reviewed May. 30, 2017

    "Sure Sarah! You could make it 2 or 3 days ahead, if you do be sure to put the berries on closer to serving time. Overnight would be fine but sooner might cause the strawberries to get too soft and maybe run."

    Sarah User ID: 9179854 267419
    Reviewed May. 28, 2017

    "Can you make this the night before?"

    HoneyBunni User ID: 8147421 250113
    Reviewed Jul. 5, 2016

    "This was a great hit for the 4th of July. My husband thought it was awesome. It was easy to make and taste fabulous. :~))"

    MY REVIEW User ID: 6824185 228984
    Reviewed Jul. 4, 2015

    "I made this for the 4th of July. it was an instant hit! I used white chocolate And cheesecake instant pudding. Very good and very easy!"

    LADYBUGGZ User ID: 7648676 18554
    Reviewed Jul. 5, 2014

    "Seems like a simple project"

    momio User ID: 2526647 13521
    Reviewed May. 29, 2012

    "We loved it. It is the same recipe I have made for years except for the fruit. I will make it again and with different fruit."

    qgal User ID: 6058319 15137
    Reviewed Apr. 28, 2012

    "so easy and the whole family loves it ! it is make for more that the 4th of july .... love it !!"

    freddian User ID: 1894945 13518
    Reviewed Jul. 5, 2011

    "The whole family loved this. Requested it more often than 4th of July."

    stephwiley User ID: 6076024 41199
    Reviewed Jul. 3, 2011

    "Fun and Yummy. I did change crust to a graham cracker crust (super easy 3 cups of crushed crackers, 1/2 cup butter, and 1/2 cup sugar)- which required no baking, turned out great. Very pretty for 4th of July! I will make again with different varieties of fruit on top for other occasions."

    Carolina Cooker User ID: 5317601 38214
    Reviewed May. 31, 2011

    "Very easy to prepare & holds up well. Good combination of flavors. A great "go to" dessert for any patriotic occasion!"

    kaitlyn'smommy User ID: 3996686 13516
    Reviewed Mar. 9, 2010

    "This recipe was fairly easy to make. It definetely tasted better the next day. Its fresh and delicious."

    carriefank User ID: 3168748 18553
    Reviewed Jun. 4, 2009 Edited May. 30, 2017

    "My mom made this desert a long time ago and it was so good. I would recommend it to anybody."

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