50+ 4th of July Desserts

Whether you’re hoping to serve something patriotic, a treat with seasonal summer fruit, or a chilled dessert, this round up has all the best 4th of July Desserts to serve at your holiday get together!

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our fav fourth of july desserts

There isn’t a more American dessert than Classic Apple Pie. With that said, there are so many other delicious desserts you can serve on the 4th of July to celebrate American Independence.

We have desserts using red, white and blue colors, desserts that use summer fruits, chilled desserts perfect for a warm summer day as well as classic desserts that can be changed up with patriotic candies or sprinkles to make them perfect for Independence Day!

Tips for fourth of july Desserts

Make it festive. Though there is a list of patriotic colored desserts you can easily serve other desserts on or in a patriotic themed dish to make them more festive.

How much? Make enough for each guest to be able to have 1-2 servings of dessert. Also, plan to have at least 2 dessert choices for every 10 guests. Once you start adding dessert choices you will only need to make sure there’s enough for people to have two dessert servings and not a piece of each dessert.

Keeping desserts cold when outside: 

  • The best way to keep your dessert cold when outside is to keep it in a cooler with ice, or a block of dry ice, until you’re ready to serve it.
  • Only bring out/serve what you will eat. Keep the rest in a cooler until needed.
  • If you’re placing the dessert out on a table one way to help keep it cold is to fill a tray/bowl with ice cubes and nestle the dessert right on top.   

See individual recipe posts for more specific tips, tricks and storage information.

Patriotic Desserts

Patriotic Desserts

We always make sure to have at least one red, white and blue treat at our 4th of July celebrations. All of these recipes are great for that and add that festive touch to the party!

Jello Poke Cake Recipe
I Love Jello Poke Cake! I Went With Raspberry Here, But You Can Easily Make A Cherry Or A Strawberry Poke Cake.
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.91 from 30 votes
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Angel Food Cupcake Recipe
Fluffy and light Angel food cupcakes are the tastiest dessert—especially with a pineapple flavored whipped topping.
Total Time: 25 minutes
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Red, White and Blue Trifle Recipe
The perfect dessert for the Layered Fourth - Red, White and Blue Trifle. Recipe includes white cake mix, red and blue food coloring, white chocolate pudding, cool whip, and strawberries.
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Patriotic Trail Mix Recipe
Patriotic Trail Mix - candy coated cereal mixed with mini marshmallows, licorice and M&Ms making it a perfect treat for any patriotic holiday like Fourth of July, Memorial Day or Veteran's Day!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Patriotic Pudding Cups Recipe
Make a fun and festive treat for your 4th of July party with this Patriotic Pudding Cups recipe! Layers of smooth and creamy red, white, and blue pudding, topped with summertime Oreos. The kids love making these pudding cups as much as they love eating them!
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Fresh Fruit Tart
5 from 6 votes
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4th of July Rice Krispies Treat Recipe
Delicious, simple and quick 4th of July Rice Krispies Treats. These red, white and blue treats are always a hit, and are festive for any patriotic occasion.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Red White and Blueberry Cupcakes Recipe
Red, White and Blueberry Cupcakes - the perfect patriotic treat for your next BBQ or picnic!
Total Time: 28 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Patriotic Fruit Pizza Recipe
Patriotic Fruit Pizza - a delicious, festive dessert with almond buttercream frosting and topped with fresh blueberries and strawberries!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Easy No-Bake Berry Icebox Cake
Easy Berry Icebox Cake Recipe
This icebox cake will be the hit of your summer BBQs. It's simple, light and full of fresh summer berries. It'll disappear in seconds!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Patriotic Poke Cake Recipe
This cool, light and refreshing jello poke cake is filled with red and blue JELLO making it perfectly patriotic. Make for Independence Day, Memorial Day or Labor Day and it's sure to be a hit!
5 from 5 votes
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Desserts with Summer Fruit

Desserts with Summer Fruits

If you’re anything like us, we LOVE enjoying fruit in the summertime, and especially in desserts. These are some of our go-to’s that we make when craving fruity desserts at our summer holidays.

Dessert Kabobs Recipe
Dessert Kabobs - a simple and delicious way to serve several "mini" treats. Perfect for parties, barbecues and holidays!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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slice of strawberry shortcake lasagna on white plate
No Bake Strawberry Shortcake Recipe
NO-BAKE Strawberry Shortcake - layers of creme filled cookies, vanilla pudding, strawberries and topped with whipped cream and more strawberries. The perfect cool dessert!
Total Time: 8 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Strawberry Cupcake Recipe
These strawberry cupcakes are the real deal! Fresh strawberries mixed into the batter, delectable cream cheese frosting on top, and sprinkled with toasted coconut. SO divine!!
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Peach Dump Cake Recipe
Quick, simple and tasty Peach Dump Cake is always a hit. This cake mix based treat is filled with peaches and butter and is the perfect dessert to make when you don't have much time to prep but want a warm, delicious cake. 
Total Time: 55 minutes
4.91 from 30 votes
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Bowl of blueberry dump cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Blueberry Dump Cake Recipe
This easy blueberry dump cake is made with only 3 ingredients! With a layer of juicy blueberry pie filling and a buttery topping, it's perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Strawberry Pie Recipe
Strawberry Pie is the perfect springtime dessert! Fresh strawberries piled high, coated in strawberry jello, and placed in a buttery crust.
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Berry Pie Recipe
This Triple Berry Pie isn't only easy but is fresh and delicious! This fruity dessert has an amazing berry pie crumble on top and is perfect all year long.
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Blackberry Cobbler Recipe
This easy Blackberry Cobbler has so much flavor and is coated in a sugary crust, making it sweet and irresistible. It's a great dessert to enjoy all year Long, especially with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Strawberry Sheet Cake Recipe
This strawberry sheet cake is especially tasty made with fresh pureed strawberries and topped with an amazing homemade strawberry frosting!
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Cherry Pie Recipe
This recipe for cherry pie is simple and elegant, but it tastes amazing. It's perfect for any special occasion or holiday!
5 from 12 votes
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Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe
Pineapple upside down cake with a delicious caramelized pineapple and cherry topping. This classic dessert is so soft and moist, filled with the perfect amount of pineapple flavor!
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 22 votes
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Easy Strawberry Shortcake Recipe
One of the easiest desserts you'll ever make! This strawberry shortcake recipe takes minutes to make and is sweet and tasty.
Total Time: 20 minutes
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Peach Dump Cake Recipe
Quick, simple and tasty Peach Dump Cake is always a hit. This cake mix based treat is filled with peaches and butter and is the perfect dessert to make when you don't have much time to prep but want a warm, delicious cake. 
Total Time: 55 minutes
4.91 from 30 votes
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Strawberry Shortcake Bars Recipe
A soft vanilla cake-like crust perfectly combines with a light layer of whipped cream cheese frosting. Top it off with fresh strawberries for delicious strawberry shortcake bars!
Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes
4.89 from 17 votes
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Best Apple Pie Recipe
There's nothing like a slice of warm apple pie served with vanilla ice cream! This recipe for Homemade Apple Pie has proven to be the BEST apple pie recipe around. With a flaky, buttery crust made from scratch, and a gooey, sweet apple filling, this pie will not disappoint!
Total Time: 3 hours 45 minutes
4.92 from 23 votes
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Peach Crisp Recipe
This peach crisp is a family favorite! With sweet, juicy peaches and cinnamon crumble topping - it's the perfect dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. 
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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Lime Cake Recipe
Perfectly moist lime cake, topped with a homemade lime buttercream frosting, and sprinkled with lime zest! Just the right balance of citrus and sweet in this yummy sheet cake. It's easy, refreshing, and great for feeding a crowd!
Total Time: 40 minutes
4.86 from 7 votes
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Lemon Sheet Cake Recipe
This super moist and delicious Lemon Sheet Cake recipe topped off with a tasty lemon buttercream frosting is our new favorite dessert, and it's perfect for feeding a crowd!
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.2 from 10 votes
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Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs Recipe
Simple and delicious Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs!! The perfect summer treat! Pieces of cake and strawberries skewered and drizzled with melted vanilla candy coating!
Total Time: 40 minutes
4 from 1 vote
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Cherry Bars Recipe
Delicious Cherry Bars topped with a heavenly glaze that has hints of almond extract. It will be your new favorite dessert!
Total Time: 43 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Chilled Treats

Chilled Treats

I think we can all agree that you can’t beat COLD and chilled desserts when it’s hot outside!! Well, 4th of July is usually pretty darn hot, so here are some of our favorite cold treats that we like to enjoy on Independence Day.

Lemon Icebox Pie Recipe
Lemon Icebox Pie is a classic Southern dessert that's perfect for summer. It has crunchy graham cracker crust, and a deliciously creamy, tangy, lemon flavor.
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Dirt Cake Recipe
Oreo Dirt Cake - layers of creamy, white chocolate pudding, cream cheese, cool whip and more and topped off with Oreos!
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.89 from 18 votes
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Frozen Butterfinger Pie Recipe
With a chocolate Oreo crust, a homemade Butterfinger ice cream filling, fluffy whipped topping, and even more Butterfingers on top, every single bite of this pie is unbelievably delicious!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Banana Pudding Poke Cake Recipe
This Banana Pudding Poke Cake has all the flavors of banana cream pie, just in cake form. With layers of banana cake, pudding, cream, bananas, and vanilla wafers, it's sure to be a hit!
Total Time: 40 minutes
4.95 from 39 votes
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Ice Cream Sandwich Cake Recipe
Prep this ice cream sandwich cake in 5 minutes! It's perfect for hot summer days and your kids will LOVE it. Chocolate ice cream sandwiches topped with whipped cream and crushed Oreos!
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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Cookie Dough Ice Cream Pie Recipe
Cookie Dough Ice Cream Pie - eggless cookie dough inside a rich and creamy frozen pie. So yummy!
Total Time: 18 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Oreo Ice Cream Cake Recipe
This Oreo Ice Cream Cake makes for the perfect no bake dessert during warm summer months. Best of all, it only takes 5 simple store bought ingredients! No one can resist the layers of crushed Oreos, Cookies and Cream Ice Cream, Hot Fudge, Cool Whip, and MORE Oreos!
Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
4.94 from 32 votes
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Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake Recipe
This Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake is the perfect cool and refreshing dessert. Yellow cake with strawberry gelatin poked throughout, topped with a delicious whipped topping and fresh strawberries.
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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Dole Whip Recipe
All you need is three ingredients and a blender to make Disney's Dole Whip Recipe from home! It's cool, creamy, and filled with refreshing pineapple flavor.
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Angel Food Ice Cream Cake Recipe
Angel Food Ice Cream Cake is creamy, light, & refreshing, made from layers of angel food cake and your favorite ice cream flavor. A scrumptious treat, chilled to frozen dessert perfection!
Total Time: 8 hours 45 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Lemon Lasagna Recipe
This luscious lemon lasagna consists of 4 tasty layers, including a Lemon Oreo crust, cream cheese layer, lemon pudding layer and topped with whipped cream! 
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
4.85 from 51 votes
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Delight Recipe
A delicious and cool layered dessert with a cookie base, cream cheese and pudding layer all topped off with Cool Whip and mini Chocolate Chips.
Total Time: 54 minutes
4.88 from 8 votes
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Blueberry Delight Recipe
Blueberry Crumb Delight - a delicious layered dessert recipe with a cream middle and topped with blueberries and cool whip!
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.88 from 8 votes
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Banana Pudding Recipe
Creamy sweet banana pudding is the best dessert to bring for a party! It steals the show with its light banana flavor, thick pudding, and crunchy vanilla cookies.
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.78 from 9 votes
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Frozen Peanut Butter Pie Recipe
Frozen Peanut Butter Pie consisting of a graham cracker & pretzel crust, peanut butter filling, topped with chocolate, pretzels, and peanut butter cups.
Total Time: 18 minutes
4.67 from 3 votes
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Classic Desserts

Classics that can be Made Patriotic

Don’t forget some of the classic treats!!

All of these can easily made patriotic by adding red, white and blue sprinkles or candies.

Sugar Cookie Bars Recipe
One of everyone's favorite cookies in bar form - these soft Sugar Cookie Bars are simple and are topped with a delicious buttercream frosting that makes this dessert irresistible. 
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe
Our ALL-TIME favorite Sugar Cookie recipe!! They are always so soft and have the best, creamy frosting with hints of almond. Everyone loves these delicious sugar cookies.
Total Time: 18 minutes
4.97 from 28 votes
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M&M Bars Recipe
One of the best bar recipes you'll ever try!! These M&M Chocolate Oat bars have layers of oats, a sweetened condensed milk and chocolate center topped with more oats and M&Ms.
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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M&M COOKIE CAKE
This M&M COOKIE CAKE has a sugar cookie dough filled with M&M's and some chocolate buttercream frosting on top and is the perfect dessert to enjoy with friends and family.
Total Time: 28 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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M&M Cookie Recipe
Soft and Chewy M&M Cookies - these fun and colorful cookies are perfect all year long and easily changed up with the M&Ms you use. They're a family favorite!
Total Time: 12 minutes
4.98 from 44 votes
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Cookie Bars Recipe
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars (aka Pan Chewies) - our family's go-to Sunday Night Dessert! It's your favorite cookie in bar-form served hot and perfect with ice cream.
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.88 from 31 votes
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Funfetti Cookies recipe
These Funfetti Cookies are quick, simple and a kid-favorite! They are made using funfetti cake mix and can be topped with canned frosting or homemade frosting along with every kids' favorite - SPRINKLES!
Total Time: 13 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Chocolate Sheet Cake Recipe
Our favorite chocolate sheet cake recipe. It's simple, moist, delicious and serves a lot making it our go-to party dessert - perfect with ice cream.
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 15 votes
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White Sheet Cake Recipe
This white sheet cake is moist, and is topped with an amazing frosting with hints of almond throughout. It also feeds a ton, making it great for parties and get together.
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
Our all-time FAVORITE Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe! These soft, chewy and delicious chocolate chip cookies are perfect for any occasion and truly knock the socks off of anyone who tries them.
Total Time: 12 minutes
4.99 from 136 votes
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Frosted Brownies Recipe
Our favorite brownie recipe - so soft and delicious and always a hit at every function!
Total Time: 32 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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