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

Tequila-Soaked Watermelon Wedges

Rating: 3.41 stars
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.

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.

Double Crust Apple Pie

Rating: 3.45 stars
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.

No-Cook Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake

Rating: 3.67 stars
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. 

Pull-Apart Vanilla-Wafer Cupcake Cake with Berries

Talk about a fun dessert! This Pull-Apart Vanilla-Wafer Cupcake Cake with Berries looks like a sheet cake on top, but there are actually vanilla-coconut cupcakes underneath the fresh berries and fluffy whipped-cream frosting. It's easy to make and even easier to serve—no slicing required.

Vacherin with Whipped Cream and Mixed Berries

Rating: 3.44 stars
Layers of meringue are adorned with raspberries, strawberries, currants, and wild blueberries -- nature's delectable take on the good old red, white, and blue.

Red, White, and Blue Berry Trifle

Rating: 3.56 stars
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.

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.

Fourth of July Summer Berry Pies

These mini pies are deliciously patriotic when topped with stars and stripes. You can also make one 9-inch pie.

Tartlets with Yogurt Pastry Cream and Strawberries

Yogurt puts a new spin on French pastry cream, which is typically made with milk. Much to our delight, the result is brighter in flavor and still delivers that same silky richness. Layer it into a flaky, buttery shell, and then top it with strawberries.

Meme's Blackberry Cobbler

Rating: 3.53 stars
This delicious cobbler recipe is courtesy of Virginia Willis and can be found in her cookbook, "Bon Appetit, Y'all."

Firecracker Ice Pops

Rating: 3.71 stars
Swirled strawberries, blueberries, and yogurt bring the red, white, and blue to these ice pops.

Inspiration and Ideas

60 Beautiful Berry Desserts That You'll Want to Eat All Summer

Pick your berries and eat them too! Here are 60 fabulous ways to use farm fresh summer berries in a variety of delightful desserts.

Fourth of July Strawberries: 12 Sweet Summer Treats

If you're hosting a July 4th party this year, these strawberry desserts are the perfect addition to the table on America's birthday—they're also just right for other summer soirees too.

Icebox Cake

Made with Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers, this delicious Icebox Cake requires no baking; simply assemble the layers of whipped cream and cookies, refrigerate, then top with more whipped cream and milk-chocolate curls. As its name implies, this cake can be prepared in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to a day before serving.