From all-American snack mixes to individual berry pies topped with vanilla ice cream, there is a 4th of July dessert here for every kind of dessert lover. You can get your summer dessert fix via sweet treats featuring fresh fruits, but we’ve also got plenty of decadent ice cream cakes, rich and gooey s’ mores. Consider taking your patriotic pride one step further by working the American Flag itself into your confections. These festive dessert recipes mark a perfectly patriotic way to end your day of celebrating the Independence Day.
Cherry Flag Pie
If you’re going to make a pie for the 4th of July, it has to be this Cherry Flag Pie. Your stars and stripes don’t have to be perfect. It only looks better with imperfections. Your guests will be wowed not only by the delightful presentation but also by the taste of this quintessential summer pie.
Cornmeal Cookie Berry Shortcakes
These shortcakes are filled with cream cheese whipped cream and macerated berries that are perfect for the season. Use a star-shaped cookie-cutter and save the extra stars to the server with the shortcakes. Enhanced with a touch of crunchy cornmeal, the shortcake cookies can be made up to two days in advance. Bake off the star centers and serve them separately or on the side.
Red, White, and Blueberry-Filled Cupcakes
Tender and moist cupcakes with a fruity filling and topped with a tangy cream cheese icing — all the best of summer in one little package. This recipe can easily be doubled if you need a dessert for a large gathering. Get even more festive with gold tinsel or star-shaped cupcake toppers.
Fourth of July Confetti Roulade
Throw some festive red, white, and blue sprinkles into the batter of this tasty roulade for a patriotic dessert. A splash of orange liqueur is optional in the creamy filling, but don’t skip the fresh lemon juice in the frosting. Don’t forget to top it with extra sprinkles!
This Bundt cake promises to light up the party long before the fireworks even begin. Dazzle a crowd with this exciting and easy-to-decorate cake. The firecracker effect comes from the shape of the Bundt pan and the messy lines of simple powdered sugar icing drawn back and forth across the cake.
Sour Cream Flag Cake
With a moist sour cream cake base, a thick vanilla-sour cream frosting, and plenty of fresh, seasonal berries, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a guest who won’t ask for a second piece of this delicious dessert. And, of course, the presentation is incredibly charming. Turn a basic sheet cake into a festive dessert with a few strawberries and blueberries.
There are so many delicious 4th of July desserts to add to your lineup too. Whether you’re having a large celebration to watch the fireworks or small backyard get-together, here are the sweet summer desserts you have to try.