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 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.

Vacherin with Whipped Cream and Mixed Berries

Rating: 3.44 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: 3.67 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. 

Berry Shortcakes with Whipped Cream Cheese

Rating: 3.08 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.

Meme's Blackberry Cobbler

Rating: 3.53 stars 87
This delicious cobbler recipe is courtesy of Virginia Willis and can be found in her cookbook, "Bon Appetit, Y'all."

Tequila-Soaked Watermelon Wedges

Rating: 3.41 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.

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.

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.

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Rating: 3.52 stars 122
Nothing is as rewarding as a dish of homemade ice cream for dessert. Top off a scoop with a chocolate-chip cookie.

Red, White, and Blue Berry Trifle

Rating: 3.56 stars 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.

Baked Alaska Bombe

Rating: 5 stars 1
This bombe isn't as big as the one at Martha's party, but it is still spectacular. You will need a small kitchen torch, for browning the meringue frosting.

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.
Corn-on-the-Cob Cupcake
Rating: 3.36 stars

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!"