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.
Every party needs a sweet ending, and these red, white, and, blue desserts are perfect for Fourth of July and Memorial Day festivities. Whether you're planning an intimate COVID-friendly gathering, a backyard barbecue for your immediate family, or a socially-distanced neighborhood event, any of these patriotic recipes is sure to delight. While there's nothing more American than apple pie, we think our Fourth of July Summer Berry Pies fit the summer party menu much better. Using a star-shaped mini cookie cutter will provide a peek of the juicy fruits inside, while giving a nod to Independence Day. Our Double-Crust Berry Free-Form Pie has a rustic design that is meant to be perfectly imperfect. While the recipe calls for blackberries and raspberries, you can use any mix of berries you have on hand. But the easiest (at least in terms of serving), most crowd-pleasing option is pictured here: Our Pull-Apart Vanilla-Wafer Cupcakes with Berries are festive, delicious, and make serving dessert a breeze.
Looking to whip up a more inventive dessert? Try preparing a meringue in place of a traditional pastry and make a pavlova. A dessert that's sure to please anyone with a sweet tooth? Our flag-inspired berry cheesecake. For a refreshing treat that's just right on a hot summer day, you can't beat our make-ahead Red, White, and Blueberry Pops or Firecracker Ice Pops. Need an easy desserts that will feed a crowd? Try our help yourself-style Red, White, and Blueberry Trifle. Using store-bought pound cake speeds the prep. Our Pretzel Sparklers are also easy to grab and could double as a colorful centerpiece. If you're making them on the fly, let kids do the dipping and sprinkling, so all you need to do is bring the supplies.
If the pomp of parades and picnics isn't enough, the variety of tarts, cookies, cupcakes, pies, and pops will give you a reason to celebrate Memorial Day or July 4th.
The patriotic icing on these buttery sugar cookies will garner oohs and ahhs from your entire family.
Red, White, and Blue Berry Trifle
With the right arrangement of berries, a classic fruit tart becomes perfectly patriotic. All you need for the base is a simple crust and no-fuss pastry cream.
Star-Spangled Ice Cream Sandwiches
A delicious hybrid of three classic desserts—cake, ice cream, and ice-cream sandwiches—these patriotic treats will go fast. They're made with two layers of an easy sheet cake plus store-bought vanilla ice cream and raspberry sorbet.
Wavy Flag Cake
This striped wonder layers moist buttermilk cake with fresh strawberries and blueberries (amped up with their respective jams) and rich buttercream frosting. Crown it with our Fourth of July Flag Toppers, and it'll be as beautiful on the outside as it is on the inside.
No-Cook Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake
Filled Fourth of July Strawberries
Here's a berry fun dessert that the whole family can help with! Your patriotic spirit will be as bright as these bite-sized beauties.
Red, White, and Blueberry Pops
Fourth of July Summer Berry Pies
Take shortcake to the next level with star cutouts, macerated berries, and vanilla whipped cream. It's the perfect Memorial Day dessert.
Red, White, and Blue Parfaits
Alternate red currant gelatin and creamy white panna cotta, then top with fresh blueberries for an elegant Independence Day dessert.
Double-Crust Berry Free-Form Pie
Firecracker Ice Pops
Coconut Cake with Berries and Cream
Our version of tres leches soaks coconut-studded cake in condensed milk, heavy cream, and coconut milk. Serve with whipped cream and mixed berries to get the red, white, and blue effect.
Red, White, and Blue Stars
Flag Berry Tarts
Transform three crème fraîche tarts into a grand old flag by topping them with blueberries, red raspberries, and golden raspberries disguised under a snowy blanket of confectioners sugar.
Mixed Berry Trifle
Macerated Berry Topping
Cornmeal-Berry Sheet Cake
Behold: functional spoons made out of cookies! They're an ingenious way to eat these creamy, fruity sundaes. Use store-bought vanilla ice cream and raspberry sorbet if you're pressed for time.
Pavlova with Raspberry Curd and Berries
Red, White, and Blueberry Cheesecake Tart
The deliciousness is in the details of this cheesecake: almonds in the traditional graham-cracker crust, tangy sour cream swirled into the cream cheese filling, and a red plum compote and fresh blueberry topping. As an added bonus, this dessert can be made up to a day in advance.
Red, White, and Blueberry Trifle
Store-bought pound cake will be unrecognizable after you brush it with lemon syrup and layer it with whipped cream cheese and seasonal berries.
Berries and Cream Tartlets
Mixed Berry Salad with Mint
Amp up seasonal berries with a touch of Grand Marnier and sugar, add fresh mint, and enjoy!
Bourbon-and-Brown-Sugar Cake with Berries
Adults will love the smoky sweet flavor of bourbon in this cake (though the alcohol cooks off while cooking so it's totally kid-friendly). A scatter of fresh raspberries and blueberries are sweet way to show off your American pride.