Fly your colors proudly on the Fourth of July with these fun and festive red, white, and blue desserts. Here are 13 ideas for patriotic-themed treats, one for each of the 13 original colonies that declared independence from Great Britain in 1776 and went on to form the United States of America.
Use the freshest, ripest berries you can find to top this gorgeous no-bake cheesecake. Some reviewers use raspberries instead of sliced strawberries, and the results are just as stunning.
Flaky layers of buttery phyllo dough form the crust of this rich and creamy cheesecake pie. Spread strawberry jam over the top and dot with blueberries.
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With a perfect flag in every slice, this cake will be the stand-out at any party. You’ll want to watch the video to see how to put the cake together. So clever!
This red, white, and blue cake is less tricky to assemble than the American Flag Cake, but the results are just as colorful.
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Here’s a cupcake version of the surprise-inside cakes. Watch the videoto see how to create the multi-colored interior that will delight your guests when they take a bite.
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Ready in only 40 minutes, this colorful dessert looks fancy but is incredibly easy to make and looks like a party waiting to happen. Be sure to layer the berries right up against the glass sides so they don’t get hidden from view when you spoon on the whipped cream.
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Homemade or store-bought sugar cookie dough forms the crust of this easy peasy dessert pizza. You can bake one big disk or cut small rounds for individual cookie pizzas. Either way, you’re looking at a super-simple but impressive dessert.
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So cute! And you can pick it up and eat it with your fingers. Tip: Give yourself enough time when you’re making this to let each layer cool before adding the next one.
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This one’s about as easy as it gets. The recipe makes one giant banana split to share with a few friends, or you can divvy it up into smaller portions. Hunt down red, white, and blue candy sprinkles to shake over the top, and finish it off with small flags instead of sparklers if you’re serving little kids.
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These adorable little bites look like they’d be perfect for a kids’ party, but grown-ups can’t resist them, either.
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Our top-rated sugar cookies love to get dressed up for parties. In this version, red, white, and blue icingdecorates a star-shaped cut-out, but you can do any shape you choose. Get tips for rolling and cutting sugar cookies, and decorating them after they cool.
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Follow the basic directions in the recipe, but use white chocolate chips instead of milk chocolate. After dipping each strawberry in the white chocolate, dip the tip into a bowl of blue sugar to create the red, white, and blue stripes.
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Here’s one for grown-ups only: strawberry and blueberry cheesecake ice pops spiked with a little booze. Of course, you can omit the alcohol and they’ll be deliciously family-friendly.
More Fun and Festive Ideas
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