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: 3.45 stars
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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.

Tequila-Soaked Watermelon Wedges

Rating: 3.41 stars
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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.

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.

Strawberry-Banana Sherbet

Rating: 4.5 stars
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Sherbet is lighter than ice cream and richer than sorbet. It's made from a frozen mix of sweetened fruit juice and water that's often fortified with milk, cream, egg whites, syrup, or gelatin to impart a smooth, soft consistency.

Meme's Blackberry Cobbler

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

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.

No-Cook Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake

Rating: 3.67 stars
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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. 

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Rating: 3.52 stars
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Nothing is as rewarding as a dish of homemade ice cream for dessert. Top off a scoop with a chocolate-chip cookie.

Vacherin with Whipped Cream and Mixed Berries

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

Corn-on-the-Cob Cupcake

Rating: 3.36 stars
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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!"

Firecracker Ice Pops

Rating: 3.71 stars
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Swirled strawberries, blueberries, and yogurt bring the red, white, and blue to these ice pops.
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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.
30 Red, White, and Blue Desserts for a Patriotic Celebration
Bursting with beautiful summer berries, these cakes, cookies, pies, and popsicles make for a sweet ending to a patriotic cookout.

Old-Fashioned Blueberry Pie

For a patriotic touch, cut a star into the top crust before baking this classic pie.