40 Festive Fourth of July Desserts for a Star-Spangled Spread
Nothing says three cheers to the red, white, and blue like an assortment of berry-topped sweets and frozen treats. This year, deck out your dessert table with 4th of July-themed cakes and summertime pies that'll make your barbecue America's best party, hands down.
Our selection of patriotic, party-ready dessert recipes is out to prove there's no such thing as too many red, white, and blue berry desserts and no one's too old for a popsicle. Kick things off with something that will cool the crowd off post-parade, like our Strawberry Milkshake or Red, White, and Blue Popsicles. For sweet nibbles during the day, kids will love our Patriotic Fruit Gummies while adults might enjoy our Bourbon Ice Cream Float. After dinner, pull out all the stops with a flag-inspired classic, like our Flag Cake or Cherry Flag Pie with homemade ice cream on top.
No matter which 4th of July dessert recipes you decide to whip up, you’re sure to spoil your guests in the most patriotic way possible.
Cherry Flag Pie
Recipe: Cherry Flag Pie
If you’re going to make 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.
Cornmeal Cookie Berry Shortcakes
Recipe: 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 server with the shortcakes.
Red, White, and Blueberry-Filled Cupcakes
Cupcakes are perfect for a backyard party celebration. These have a delicious blueberry filling. Get even more festive with gold tinsel or star-shaped cupcake toppers.
Fourth of July Confetti Roulade
Recipe: Fourth of July Confetti Roulade
Throw some festive red, white, and blue sprinkles into the batter of this tasty roulade for a patriotic dessert. Don’t forget to top it with extra sprinkles!
Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake Bars
You can make these party-ready cheesecake bars up to two days before your July 4th celebration.
Red, White, and Blue Popsicles
Recipe: Red, White, and Blue Popsicles
It's not a true July 4th celebration without a red, white, and blue popsicle, and this homemade version tastes better than anything you can buy in a store.
Recipe: Firecracker Cake
This Bundt cake promises to light up the party long before the fireworks even begin.
Red Velvet Ice-Cream Cake
Recipe: Red Velvet Ice-Cream Cake
What’s the perfect cake for a summer party? An ice cream cake. This Red-velvet cake has a center layer with ice cream that will keep things cool as you celebrate the 4th of July. We used a naked frosting technique and topped it with a pile of berries to keep it simple, but feel free to take things up a notch to impress your guests.
Recipe: Flag Cake
Turn a basic sheet cake into a festive desert with a few strawberries and blueberries.
Recipe: Berry Cobbler
Here's your excuse to pull the slow cooker out mid-summer.
Fresh Strawberry Milkshake
Recipe: Fresh Strawberry Milkshake
Nothing quenches the thirst from a long 4th of July parade quite like a homemade strawberry shake.
Red, White, and Blue Poke Cake
Recipe: Red, White, and Blue Poke Cake
Fresh summer berries and homemade frosting transform this summery cake into a festive favorite.
Black-and-Blue Buttermilk Tart
Recipe: Black-and-Blue Buttermilk Tart]
Not every Fourth of July dessert has to be dripping with berries...but then again, why not. This creamy tart is the perfect excuse for more berries.
Patriotic Fruit Gummies
Recipe: Patriotic Fruit Gummies
Kids and adults alike will gush over these star-spangled gummies.
Recipe: Strawberry-Lemonade Cake
There can never be too many strawberry treats on an Independence Day dessert table, and this layer cake is proof.
Strawberry Gelato with Almond Shortbread and Elderflower Crème
This no-bake strawberry gelato will add a refreshing red to your patriotic-colored spread.
Strawberry-Pretzel Icebox Pie
Recipe: Strawberry-Pretzel Icebox Pie
This cool classic pairs well with red, white, and blue streamers.
Recipe: Blueberry-Thyme Pie
Fresh thyme and lemon juice ensure every bite of this classic blueberry pie is bursting with fruity flavor.
Recipe: Strawberry-Blueberry Cupcakes
Say goodbye to store-bought and hello to your new 4th of July cupcake staple.
Red, White, and Blue Sangria Pops
These boozy Red, White, and Blue Sangria Pops will make store-bought popsicles a thing of the past.
Red, White, and Blue Donut Wands
Recipe: Red, White, and Blue Donut Wands
Salute the good ole U.S.A in a way only colorful sprinkled donuts can.
Red Velvet-Berry Cobbler with Cream Cheese Ice Cream
Blueberry Cobbler with Sugared Star Shortcakes
Make a shortcut version of blueberry cobbler by spooning the blueberry mixture over refrigerated biscuits cut into star shapes.
Cookies and Cream Ice Cream
Recipe: Cookies and Cream Ice Cream
Serve alongside a bright red and blue berry topping bar for a festive touch.
Mini Firecracker Cakes Image
Recipe: Mini Firecracker Cakes
Guests will love the creativity behind these patriotic cakes with a little popping surprise inside.
Red, White, and Blue Ice-Cream Cake
Our patriotic spin on ice-cream cake is the coolest dessert of summer.
Frosted Sugar-’n’-Spice Cookies
Recipe: Frosted Sugar-’n’-Spice Cookies
Get your kids to help you decorate these warm spice-filled cookies with their favorite color of sprinkles.
Strawberry and Cream Cake
Recipe: Strawberry and Cream Cake
These cute square cakes make strawberry flavor the star of the show.
Strawberry Lemonade Pie
Recipe: Strawberry Lemonade Pie
Bright, sweet, and relentlessly refreshing, this cool pie will dazzle a crowd.
Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes
Recipe: Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes
Fresh ingredients and fluffy cream cheese frosting combine for the perfect something sweet to nibble on before fireworks.
Katie Jacobs' Strawberry Shortcake
Light, fruity, and all things delicious, this strawberry shortcake is something to celebrate, holiday or not.
Watermelon Chiffon Pie
Recipe: Watermelon Chiffon Pie
Berries aren’t the only July 4th-approved fruits. Here's the perfect recipe to add a bit of seed-free but ever-so-sweet watermelon to your party menu.
Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
Recipe: Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
Any excuse is a good excuse to slice up this stacked ice cream sandwich cake, but a 4th of July barbecue might be the best reason yet.
No-Bake Peanut Butter-Fudge Ice-Cream Pie
Ice cream surrounded by a crispy pie crust and sundae-worthy toppings is just more fun.
Bourbon Ice Cream Float
Recipe: Bourbon Ice Cream Float
This adult-only dessert is a well-deserved delight after a day manning the grill.
Recipe: Peach Cobbler
Summer holidays call for a classic fruit dessert. Go with this one.
Putt’s Butter Pecan Sundae
Recipe: Putt’s Butter Pecan Sundae
There's nothing like a serving a rich family recipe on a holiday full of family fun.
Buttermilk-Plum Ice Cream
Recipe: Buttermilk-Plum Ice Cream
Swirled plums, rich buttermilk, and fresh lemon juice combine in a scoop that's best eaten in an American flag t-shirt.
Watermelon-Lime Pops with Chile Dipping Salt
Turn one of summer's brightest fruits into a zingy watermelon pop.
Star Spangled Blackberry Pie
Recipe: Star Spangled Blackberry Pie
Leave guests seeing stars with this centerpiece-worthy blackberry pie.