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!

Dessert 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
4.94 from 44 votes
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Dessert 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
5 from 6 votes
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Dessert 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
Dessert Patriotic Trail Mix Recipe
Sweet and crunchy Patriotic Trail Mix is filled with candy coated cereal mixed with mini marshmallows, licorice and M&Ms.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Dessert 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 2 votes
Dessert Fresh Fruit Tart
5 from 9 votes
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Dessert 4th of July Rice Krispies Treat Recipe
Delicious, simple and quick 4th of July Rice Krispie Treats are always a hit, and are festive for any patriotic occasion.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Dessert 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
Dessert 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
Easy No-Bake Berry Icebox Cake
Dessert Berry Icebox Cake Recipe
Easy Berry Icebox Cake is simple, light and full of fresh summer berries. It'll disappear in seconds at your next get together!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Dessert 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 8 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 Dessert Kabobs Recipe
Dessert Kabobs are a simple and delicious way to serve several "mini" treats at once. They are perfect for parties, BBQs and every day!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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slice of strawberry shortcake lasagna on white plate
Dessert No Bake Strawberry Shortcake Recipe
NO-BAKE Strawberry Shortcake has layers of cream filled cookies, vanilla pudding, and strawberries. It's the perfect cool dessert!
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Dessert Strawberry Cupcake Recipe
These Fresh strawberry cupcakes are the real deal. Fresh strawberries and toasted coconut make these peak-of-the-season cupcakes SO divine!!
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Dessert Peach Dump Cake Recipe
3 ingredients Peach Dump Cake is quick, simple, and utterly tasty. It is warm, gooey, and perfectly peachy!!
Total Time: 55 minutes
4.79 from 47 votes
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Bowl of blueberry dump cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Dessert 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 8 votes
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Dessert 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
4.72 from 7 votes
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Dessert Triple Berry Pie Recipe
Fresh and fruity Triple Berry Pie is easy and delicious with only 30 minutes prep time. It's perfect all year long!
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Dessert 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 5 votes
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Dessert 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 13 votes
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Dessert 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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Dessert 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
4.88 from 24 votes
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Dessert 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
5 from 8 votes
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Dessert Peach Dump Cake Recipe
3 ingredients Peach Dump Cake is quick, simple, and utterly tasty. It is warm, gooey, and perfectly peachy!!
Total Time: 55 minutes
4.79 from 47 votes
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Dessert 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
4.91 from 20 votes
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Dessert 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
4.95 from 35 votes
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Dessert Peach Crisp Recipe
With sweet juicy peaches and cinnamon crumble topping, peach crisp is the perfect dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
5 from 18 votes
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Dessert 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
4.94 from 15 votes
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Dessert 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
4.56 from 18 votes
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Dessert Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs Recipe
Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs are a simple version of a classic. Fluffy cake and strawberries are drizzled in melted vanilla candy coating! 
Total Time: 40 minutes
4.86 from 7 votes
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Dessert Cherry Bars Recipe
With a hint of almond extract, a heavenly glaze, and cherry pie filling swirled throughout, these delicious Cherry Bars are the sweetest way to easily treat a crowd!
Total Time: 43 minutes
5 from 9 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.

Dessert Lemon Icebox Pie Recipe
Deliciously creamy & tangy Lemon Icebox Pie is a classic chilled Southern dessert that's perfect for summer!
Total Time: 6 hours 50 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Dessert 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
4.91 from 22 votes
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Dessert 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 10 votes
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Dessert 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
4.96 from 43 votes
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Dessert 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 16 votes
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Dessert 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

Dessert 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
4.96 from 50 votes
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Dessert 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 21 votes
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Drinks 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 12 votes
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Dessert 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 11 votes
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Dessert 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
4.86 from 56 votes
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Dessert 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
4.93 from 13 votes
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Dessert 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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Dessert 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
4.85 from 13 votes
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Dessert Frozen Peanut Butter Pie Recipe
Frozen Peanut Butter Pie consists of a graham cracker pretzel crust, frozen peanut butter filling, and a chocolate, pretzel, peanut butter cup topping.
Total Time: 2 hours 28 minutes
4.84 from 6 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.

Dessert 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 13 votes
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Dessert 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
4.9 from 48 votes
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Dessert 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 24 votes
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Dessert M&M Cookie Cake Recipe
M&M Cookie Cake is made from sugar cookie dough filled with M&M's and topped with some chocolate buttercream frosting. It's the perfect dessert to enjoy with friends and family.
Total Time: 28 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Dessert 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
4.99 from 56 votes
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Dessert 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 41 votes
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Dessert Funfetti Cookies Recipe
Soft and chewy Funfetti Cookies are quick, simple and a kid-favorite! They are the perfect little treat to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Total Time: 16 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Dessert 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 25 votes
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Dessert 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 15 votes
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Dessert 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 181 votes
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Dessert Frosted Brownies Recipe
Our favorite brownie recipe - so soft and delicious and always a hit at every function!
Total Time: 32 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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