4th of July Dessert Recipes

Roll out the red, white, and blue with these patriotic and festive desserts. Get top-rated recipes for your 4th of July barbeques and picnics.

Staff Picks

American Flag Cake

Rating: 4.17 stars
Unfurl the red, white, and blue with this beautiful, easy, and patriotic flag cake perfect for the 4th of July, Memorial Day, or any favorite occasion. Assemble and frost the pretty cake and wait for the oohs and ahhs!

All American Trifle

Rating: 4.78 stars
This is a creamy, fruity, heavenly dessert. I've been told it's like super-charged strawberry shortcake!

Red, White and Blue Strawberry Shortcake

Rating: 4.63 stars
Spectacular Fourth of July Dessert! Present at night with a couple of sparklers for the best effect. Can make with shortcake mix, too.

Surprise Inside Independence Cake

Rating: 4.43 stars
This extra-moist cake with buttercream icing is sure to get firework-worthy oohs and aahs!

Scrumptious Frosted Fudgy Brownies

Rating: 4.58 stars
MMMMMMM, I can never eat just one of these melt-in-your-mouth brownies, they are so rich and chocolaty.

Patriotic Fruit Pizza

Rating: 4.74 stars
This is a fun recipe for the 4th of July holiday! Fresh fruit is a hit on desserts during the summer months! Making this dessert is as fun as eating it! This recipe feeds a lot, but the leftovers are only good a day or two.

Freezer Caramel Drizzle Pie

Rating: 4.75 stars
This is a delicious pie that people just love on a hot summer day. Great for Sunday dessert if prepared Saturday night.

Fresh Fruit and Yogurt Ice Pops

Rating: 4.76 stars
Simple and wholesome popsicles. My mom used to help us make these when we were kids and I still enjoy them years later. Use honey as an alternate sweetener, and blend the fruit to be either chunky or smooth.

Zucchini Bars

Rating: 4.2 stars
This snack cake is so delicious that my family can eat the entire batch in one day! Very easy and moist.

Key Lime Pie VIII

Rating: 4.64 stars
This is extremely easy and the crust doesn't get all soggy the second day. Fat-free ingredients work well. Garnish each slice with a dollop of whipped topping if you like.

Triple Berry Crisp

Rating: 4.61 stars
This is a wonderful berry crisp. I use a triple berry mixture of raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries, but just one works well too! My family loves it! Serve it with whipped cream and it looks great.
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Cherry Pie III

Rating: 4.55 stars
This is the 1999 American Pie Council's National Pie Championship first-place winner in the Fruit and Berry Category.

Inspiration and Ideas

Chef John's No-Bake Cheesecake Flag Cake

"Delicious! I made it for our annual Fourth of July party. Everyone liked it and my dad kept going back for more. It just gets better as it sits in the fridge." – Elizabeth

Our Best Red, White and Blue Desserts

Show your colors proudly with these fun and festive July 4th desserts.

Perfumed Coconut Cake

Rating: 4.37 stars

This cake tastes like no other coconut cake - moist beyond belief with the coconut flavor perfuming every bite. Your house will smell divine while this is baking. I made this for my French boss who didn't believe that good baking could come from cake mixes. Voila! He's a convert. What you don't eat as a dessert tastes fabulous the morning after with coffee.