Our Favorite 4th of July Desserts!

Celebrate Independence Day in *delicious* style with these 25+ 4th of July desserts. Try easy handheld cookies and bars or impress with this American flag pie or cake. Whichever recipe you choose, the crowd will appreciate your sweet homemade addition to the Fourth of July festivities.

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Favorite 4th of July Dessert Ideas

Be the star of your summer holiday gathering! Today I’m sharing 4th of July dessert inspiration—berry-laden pies, s’mores-inspired cookies, ice cream treats, and more—in one spot. However you choose to celebrate, any of these dessert recipes are sure to dazzle brighter than the fireworks and sparklers.

Lucky for us, the holiday falls in the middle of peak berry season. Blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries make for simple, yet tasty options for decorating desserts in blue and red. I use a combination of blueberries and strawberries to decorate this fresh fruit tart, plus some blackberries when assembling fresh berry cream cake.

Or skip the decorating completely and make a berry cobbler! 😉

If you’re up for a baking project, try your hand at an American flag pie using my homemade pie crust. I have a detailed recipe, video tutorial, and lots of helpful photos for you in that post. Complete the celebration with homemade whipped cream and/or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

If you’re craving something handheld for ease of serving, I have you covered there, too. Everyone adores these rice Krispie treats and M&M cookie bars (use red, white, and blue M&Ms if you have them available to you). And partygoers will love these fireworks cookies or watermelon sugar cookies.


Fruit Pizza

Fruit pizza is a classic summertime dessert. The combination of a soft, buttery sugar cookie crust with tangy-sweet cream cheese frosting and colorful fresh fruit is irresistible, not to mention beautiful.


Berry Cobbler Recipe

Carefree summer dessert at its finest! Seasonal berries are nestled below a lightly sweetened biscuit crust and finished off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Prepare this easy dessert in a casserole dish, or try small ramekins for individual servings.


4th of July Tie-Dye Cake (and Cupcakes)

Here’s everything you need to know about how to make festive, colorful tie-dyed vanilla cakes and cupcakes. These are always a huge hit with kids!


Toasted S’more Chocolate Chip Cookies

This toasty take on my favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies includes extra chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows. The cookies are easy to make and you don’t need a mixer for the cookie dough—or a campfire!


Drop Sugar Cookies With Sprinkles

These are soft, chewy, sprinkle-loaded drop sugar cookies made from only 8 ingredients, with no rolling pin or cookie cutters required. Use red, white, and blue sprinkles to mark the occasion!


Easy Berry Icebox Cake

If there was one summer recipe that checked all the boxes, this would be it. My easy berry icebox cake is simple to prepare, feeds a crowd, totally no-bake, and is made with fresh whipped cream and seasonal berries.


Fresh Berry Cream Cake

This minimally decorated naked-style cake is layered between fluffy whipped cream and piled high with juicy seasonal berries. I typically make this with a vanilla cake, but feel free to use your favorite flavor.


Lemon Berry Trifle

This minimally decorated naked-style cake is layered between fluffy whipped cream and piled high with juicy seasonal berries. I typically make this with a vanilla cake, but feel free to use your favorite flavor.


Fireworks Cookies

I created these fun fireworks cookies using my base sugar cookie and royal icing recipes. I add a little lemon extract and zest for flavor, and you can use all sorts of colors for the icing. Pretty easy to decorate, too!


Mini Fruit Galettes

These mini fruit galettes are everything you love about fruit-filled pies, but require half the work and a fraction of the time. Grab your favorite summer fruits, and have fun preparing (and eating!) these kid-friendly mini desserts.


Easy Cheesecake Pie

This easy cheesecake pie is smooth, creamy and perfect for cheesecake lovers who want a quicker, easier alternative to a classic cheesecake. It sits in a crunchy, crisp graham cracker crust and you can top it with raspberry sauce and whipped cream for serving.


No-Bake Cheesecake Jars

My no-bake cheesecake jars are fun to make because you can customize them with your favorite toppings and add-ins. Made with just a few ingredients in only 30 minutes, this is a fabulously easy summer dessert!


Blueberry Pie Bars Recipe

This is blueberry pie without the hassle of making a homemade pie crust—win! A layer of buttery brown sugar crust, jammy blueberry filling, and crumbly oat topping come together for an easy bar version of a favorite summer pie.


Fresh Fruit Tart With Vanilla Mascarpone Cream

Homemade fresh fruit tart features a buttery pastry crust, mascarpone cream filling, and your favorite seasonal berries—I like to use blueberries and strawberries when serving for the 4th of July. Save time and prepare the crust and cream ahead of time.


Soft-Baked M&M Cookie Bars

These extra soft and chewy M&M cookie bars are so easy to make—no mixer, no dough chilling, no individual dough rolling required. Use red, white, and blue M&Ms for the 4th of July!


Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Make your own cookie ice cream sandwiches at home using my quick no-chill cookie recipe and your favorite ice cream. Dip the edges in even more mini chocolate chips for a classic look, or for a colorful variation, try rainbow sprinkles.


Angel Food Cupcakes

This recipe for light-as-air angel food cupcakes is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a delightful summer dessert. Top with my homemade whipped cream and an assortment of summer berries.


American Flag Pie

The most festive summer pie! A stars-and-stripes pie crust sits on a fruity filling of blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and cherries. Tackle this impressive pie with help from step-by-step photos and a video tutorial in the post.


Easy Key Lime Pie Bars

You’re going to love these key lime pie bars, a square version of my favorite key lime pie recipe. Cream cheese adds the most delightful cheesecake flavor (and helps the bars set!), and a buttery graham cracker crust is a wonderful base for the tangy filling.


Our Favorite Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

For extra gooey and buttery rice krispie treats, use this recipe. Adding a little extra butter and marshmallow, plus a splash of vanilla extract and a pinch of salt makes all the difference!


Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

Fresh summer strawberries take center stage in this simple homemade strawberry shortcake recipe. The lightly sweetened, slightly crumbly biscuits pair perfectly with the soft whipped cream and juicy strawberries.


Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Homemade brownie ice cream sandwiches are fun, kid-friendly frozen treats that are perfect when the weather heats up. Use your favorite ice cream flavor sandwiched between two dense and deeply rich brownies.


No-Bake S’mores Icebox Cake

This 7-ingredient no-bake s’mores cake has 14 delicious layers of marshmallow meringue, chocolate ganache, and graham crackers. It needs to chill overnight, so it’s a perfect make-ahead dessert option.


Blueberry Yogurt Swirl Popsicles

These super simple, protein-packed 3-ingredient blueberry yogurt swirl popsicles are naturally gluten free and hit the spot when the weather heats up. Kids love them!


Ice Cream Cake

This make-ahead summertime treat combines two of your favorite ice cream flavors, homemade hot fudge, crunchy Oreo cookies, homemade whipped cream, and sprinkles. The ultimate celebratory treat!

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