Fourth of July Dessert Recipes

Show your Independence-Day spirit with a variety of Fourth of July dessert ideas, like red, white, and blue desserts, tarts, parfaits, fruit salads, berry trifles, a flag cake, a dessert with sparklers, or one of our watermelon treats, or ice cream sandwiche recipes.

Staff Picks

Double Crust Apple Pie

Rating: 3.5 stars 88
Like a lot of filling to pastry in your apple pie? Try this fall recipe that's filled with three pounds of apples. We like to use an assortment of different varieties such as Granny Smith, Rome, Fuji, and Jonagold.

Martha's Sour Cherry Pie

Martha made this recipe on episode 703 of Martha Bakes. The pie can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Tequila-Soaked Watermelon Wedges

Rating: 3.5 stars 286
This grown-up fruit dessert borrows flavors from margaritas. Tequila and Triple Sec infuse the watermelon slices, which also get a spray of lime juice and a sprinkling of coarse salt. The longer the watermelon soaks, the more flavorful it becomes -- one more reason to save any leftover slices.

Vacherin with Whipped Cream and Mixed Berries

Rating: 3.5 stars 16
Layers of meringue are adorned with raspberries, strawberries, currants, and wild blueberries -- nature's delectable take on the good old red, white, and blue.

No-Cook Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake

Rating: 3.5 stars 198
Relax with this colorful, no-cook, festive July 4th dessert that spends time in the fridge, not the oven. This red, white, and blue cheesecake will be your new favorite patriotic recipe. 

Meme's Blackberry Cobbler

Rating: 3.5 stars 87
This delicious cobbler recipe is courtesy of Virginia Willis and can be found in her cookbook, "Bon Appetit, Y'all."

Corn-on-the-Cob Cupcake

Rating: 3.5 stars 69
This wonderfully whimsical cupcake recipe, perfect to make for a summer dessert, is courtesy of Karen Tack and can be found in her dessert cookbook "Hello, Cupcake!"

July 4th Cupcakes

Tiny blue buttercream stars and red-licorice stripes decorate this patriotic batch of vanilla cupcakes. They're just the right dessert for celebrating Independence Day.

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Rating: 3.5 stars 122
Nothing is as rewarding as a dish of homemade ice cream for dessert. Top off a scoop with a chocolate-chip cookie.

Coconut-Lime-Crumble Blueberry Pie

Blueberry pie is an iconic summer dessert. This recipe adds a squeeze of lime and pinch of allspice for a zesty kick. Opting to finish it off with a coconut-lime crumble adds more tropical punch and texture—but go for the lattice variation if you would prefer a more traditional pie. 

Firecracker Ice Pops

Rating: 3.5 stars 287
Swirled strawberries, blueberries, and yogurt bring the red, white, and blue to these ice pops.

Carolynn's Chocolate-Chip Cookies

Top off a scoop or two of homemade ice cream with one of these gooey chocolate-chip cookies. Walnuts give this classic dessert a crunchy kick.

Inspiration and Ideas

30 Red, White, and Blue Desserts for a Patriotic Celebration
Bursting with beautiful summer berries, any of these cakes, cookies, pies, and popsicles will make for a sweet ending at your next patriotic cookout.
Red, White, and Blue Berry Trifle
Rating: Unrated 326
This dessert—a red, white, and blue berry trifle—would be right at home at a Fourth of July barbecue. Strawberries can be substituted for raspberries.
Berry Shortcakes with Whipped Cream Cheese
Rating: 3 stars 127

This recipe makes four blueberry and four strawberry shortcakes. If you prefer to make just one flavor, simply double the amount of whichever berry you choose, and don’t divide the dry ingredients between two bowls. The shortcakes are best the day they are made.