25 Easy Fourth of July Desserts for a Patriotic Picnic
The Fourth of July means all the tasty treats that a summer picnic table can hold, especially desserts. Go with easy Fourth of July dessert recipes this year, granting yourself independence from a hot kitchen and more liberty to enjoy yourself in the sun, running through the sprinklers with your kids.
The best Fourth of July dessert recipes, after all, aren't fussy affairs with layer after layer of cake — they're joyful creations that come together with a snap of your fingers. These Fourth of July dessert recipes employ all the shortcuts you can get your hands on, from boxed cake and pudding mixes to pre-made crusts, and no-bake formulas.
Classic Strawberry Shortcakes
If you've been called to make a last-minute patriotic picnic treat, you may be racking your brain for ideas. Grab a box of Bisquick and just half an hour later, these delicious strawberry shortcakes can be ready to serve. If you're looking for something even easier, use this recipe with pre-made pound cake.
No-Bake Cheesecake Flag Cake
Cream cheese and mascarpone are thick as thieves in this delightfully delicious flag cheesecake recipe from resident Chef John. Set it and forget it to chill in the fridge for three hours, then top with strawberries and blueberries.
Perhaps the most classic American dessert, blueberry pie never fails to impress. Instead of making your own pie crust, just buy the boxed kinds. They work beautifully. Serve with a scoop of ice cream for easy Fourth of July dessert perfection.
All American Trifle
Prepared pound cakes make this pretty red, white, and blue no-bake recipe a winner for time and presentation. Buy yourself more time to relax by the pool by using ready-made heavy cream, pudding mix, and lemon yogurt.
Crisp Peach Cobbler
Summer Berry Parfait with Yogurt and Granola
This sneaky treat will give the kids their calcium, protein, and antioxidants — without them even guessing it's not a decadent dessert! Halve the recipe if you want to put it into smaller cups to set out for the kids at your block party.
Uncle Sam Banana Split
Kids know what kids like. Strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla ice cream, plus bananas, drizzled with chocolate and caramel sauce, topped with whip cream. Decorate them with some sparklers, and you've got a sweet memory forever.
Four ingredients — that's all. Brownie mix, graham crackers, mini marshmallows, and milk chocolate bars make this recipe almost as simple as s'mores themselves, and you don't even have to light your fireplace.
Mini Key Lime Pies
These tiny pies will impress your eaters with their style and taste. The filling consists of just condensed milk, sour cream, Key lime juice, and Key lime zest, poured into little graham cracker crusts.
Lemon Cupcake with Blackberry Buttercream
Cupcakes are always a crowd pleaser, especially for kids who want their own little piece of cake. Both lemon zest and juice are employed in this crave-worthy recipe with great flavor contrasts. Plus, paper cupcake liners in your muffin tin make cleanup a snap.
Raspberry Icebox Cake
Three cheers for icebox cake! Forget the conventional crust — this graham cracker concoction makes life easy. Just crush some up and add butter and brown sugar, bake and layer with raspberry Jell-O, frozen raspberries, and whipped cream.
No Bake Peanut Butter Pie
Any recipe that's only two steps frees up the morning for you to relax. Just combine five ingredients and spoon them into graham cracker pie shells, then freeze. Nothing says America like peanut butter and graham crackers!
Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes
These tiny pineapple upside down cakes look cute as a button and are so easy to make. Your Fourth of July offering will look like you put a lot of work in, but no one has to know that pineapple cake mix and canned pineapple came to the rescue.
Mango, Coconut, and Chia Seed Pots
The rich tropical taste of mango is a summer no-brainer, especially when paired with rich coconut milk and sweet maple syrup. Chia seeds work as a great thickener, and you can pick cute little parfait glasses or pudding pots to plate these.
Chef John's Pavlova with Strawberries
A pavlova is essentially a giant meringue that's easy and pleasing to the eye when topped with whipped cream and fruit. Strawberries are at their flavor height during summer, but feel free to substitute whatever berries you have on hand, or even other fruits like kiwi or cherries.
Watermelon Ice Pops
Have some leftover watermelon you need to use? This recipe calls for things you probably already have in your pantry: honey, lemon juice, and sugar. Freeze the pops the night before a hot day, and enjoy watching your kids zoom around on their bikes eating their favorite cooling treats.
Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
This dessert is as genius as it is easy. It's like a sundae of ice cream sandwiches, in cake form! Some Allrecieps cooks recommend topping with crushed up candy bars, like Butterfingers, instead of pecans, for a legendary treat.
The Best Lemon Bars
When life gives you lemons, make lemon bars. The sweet, citrusy taste of these bars is complex enough to fool everyone, but these bars only require five ingredients you probably have lying around: butter, sugar, flour, eggs and lemons.
Easy, Eggless Strawberry Ice Cream
Top this strawberry ice cream with whipped cream, blueberries, and strawberries or cherries to make it perfect for the Fourth. Rich, creamy ice cream and tart fruit are the perfect combo. Garnish cups of ice cream with wafer straws.
Red, White, and Blue Dump Cake
No collection of quick and easy desserts is complete without a dump cake. Simply dump strawberry pie filling, frozen blueberries, white cake mix, and butter into a baking dish and let your oven do the rest. The result is a stunning red, white, and blue treat. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream.
Heirloom Blueberry Cake
4th of July Fruit Kabobs
Rustic Fruit Galette
Don't be intimidated by galettes — they are really just deconstructed pies. This recipe uses prepared pie crust (such as Pilsbury®) for minimal prep work. Feel free to get creative with your choice of fruit: Blueberries and plums make a great July Fourth combination.
Fruit Salad in Seconds
As the temperatures rise, a light and refreshing fruit salad begins to sound more and more appealing for dessert. In this four-ingredient recipe, strawberries, green grapes, and bananas are tossed in strawberry yogurt.
Strawberry Graham Cracker Bites
These bite-sized treats are as cute as they come, and the whole family can have fun assembling them. Hulled strawberries are topped with whipped cream, chocolate-hazelnut spread, one blueberry, and a mini graham cracker.