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: 4.5 stars 67
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: 5 stars 96
This is a creamy, fruity, heavenly dessert. I've been told it's like super-charged strawberry shortcake!

Surprise Inside Independence Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 21
This extra-moist cake with buttercream icing is sure to get firework-worthy oohs and aahs!

Scrumptious Frosted Fudgy Brownies

Rating: 4.5 stars 160
MMMMMMM, I can never eat just one of these melt-in-your-mouth brownies, they are so rich and chocolaty.

Patriotic Fruit Pizza

Rating: 4.5 stars 27
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: 4.5 stars 361
This is a delicious pie that people just love on a hot summer day. Great for Sunday dessert if prepared Saturday night.

Red, White, and Booze Ice Pops

Rating: 5 stars 8
Is there any better way to celebrate the birth of our great nation than with this red, white, and sort-of-blue Popsicle®? Before you answer, I should mention they're actually strawberry and blueberry cheesecake ice pops that are spiked with booze.

Hot Fudge Ice Cream Bar Dessert

Rating: 5 stars 835
This is an incredibly easy rich and satisfying ice cream dessert made with ice cream sandwiches and fudge sauce. This keeps in the freezer very well and can be eaten straight from the freezer.

Red, White and Blue Strawberry Shortcake

Rating: 4.5 stars 226
Spectacular Fourth of July Dessert! Present at night with a couple of sparklers for the best effect. Can make with shortcake mix, too.

Five Layer Ice Cream Bars

Rating: 5 stars 89
Do you love having a Buster Bar® at Dairy Queen? This is it, but better!

Triple Berry Crisp

Rating: 4.5 stars 1353
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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Red, White, and Blue Dump Cake

Rating: 4 stars 4
A summer holiday dump cake that is easy to make, delicious to eat, and there is only one pan to clean! Perfect for the 4th of July! Serve with whipped topping.

Inspiration and Ideas

Chef John's No-Bake Cheesecake Flag Cake
Rating: Unrated 170
"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.
Strawberry Pie
Rating: 4.5 stars 1272

Half of this pie's strawberries are arranged in a baked pastry shell, and the other half are crushed and cooked until thick and bubbly. This lovely glaze is then poured over the whole berries in the pastry shell. Chill this pie for several hours and serve it with mounds of whipped cream.