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50 4th of July Desserts That Never Go Out of Style

Photo: Mark Weinberg/Styling: Erin McDowell

Barbecue menus for the Fourth can turn real cheesy real quick. And between cocktails, apps, sides and a hot dog bar, dessert might just be the easiest course to drop the ball on. Red, white and blue cupcakes? Boooring. Here are some festive treats to take to your fête that are tasteful—and tasty. Presenting 50 4th of July desserts that are guaranteed to impress.

Photo: Mark Weinberg/Styling: Erin McDowell

1. Cherry Slab Pie

When it comes to crust, more is more.

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2. 3-Ingredient Strawberry Ice-Cream Shell

Pure nostalgia.

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3. Mini Strawberry Ice-Cream Pies

Roasting the strawberries will bring out all their sweet, juicy flavor.

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4. Peaches-and-Cream Ice Pops

Roasted peaches and brown sugar bring summery sweetness to tangy Greek yogurt.

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5. Fourth of July Ice-Cream Cake

Now *that’s* how you celebrate.

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6. One-Ingredient Watermelon Sorbet

Does it get any easier than twice-frozen watermelon? We think not.

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7. Grilled Angel Food Cake with Blueberry Sauce

Why should your oven have all the fun?

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8. Watercolor Doughnuts

True works of art.

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9. Berry Galette

Introducing a foolproof way to bake a pie.

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10. Peanut-Butter Freezer Pie

It’s our favorite way to eat peanut butter.

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11. Berry-Coconut Rocket Pops

You’ll never be too old to cool off with one of these.

12. Mini Mason Jar Apple Pies

Also known as the most American dessert ever.

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13. Strawberry-Mango Hawaiian Shave Ice

This DIY gem doesn’t require a shave ice machine or a flight to Maui.

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14. Chocolate Waffle Ice-Cream Sandwiches

Bring on the sprinkles, chopped nuts and caramel sauce.

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15. No-Bake Berry Tiramisu

If the color scheme works…bake it.

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16. Strawberries and Crème

So simple, yet so delicioius.

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17. Grilled Pineapple Split Sundae with Cherry Sauce

Keep the coals glowing all night.

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18. Puff-Pastry Plum and Thyme Galette

Ooh, pass the vanilla ice cream.

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19. Blackberry-Raspberry Skillet Cobbler

The more berries, the merrier.

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20. Skillet Peach Cobbler

Nothing beats a summer peach.

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21. Blackberry Jam Pie-Crust Straws

A sparkler in one hand, a pie straw in the other.

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22. Blackberry Panna Cotta Tartlets

It’s heavy on the fruit, but light on effort.

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23. No-Bake Key Lime Cheesecake

Cool and creamy, no oven required.

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24. Strawberry Pie with Strawberry Crust

Tastes as good as it looks.

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25. Fresh Fruit Ice Pops

This calls for a farmers market trip.

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26. No-Bake Cheesecake with Raspberry Compote

For those of you who avoid the oven at all costs come summer.

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27. Pink Lemonade Bars

Your picnic won’t be complete without a little lemonade.

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28. Peach Cobbler

Have biscuit dough, will travel.

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29. Glazed Blueberry Cake

It's basically a fruit salad, right?

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30. Lemon-Berry Sheet Pan Trifle

Starring your trusty baking sheet.

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31. Sweet Corn Doughnut Holes

Summer’s favorite vegetable goes dessert.

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32. Blueberry Crumble Pie

Two desserts coming together in streusel-topped harmony.

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33. Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

Your cutest barbecue guests yet.

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34. Oven-Baked S’mores Bars

And the crowd goes wild.

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35. Patriotic Flag Fruit Platter

It doesn’t get any easier (or more festive).

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36. Blackberry Lime Bars

Great things come in small packages.

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37. Berry Cream Fillo Baskets

Berry delicious.

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38. Grilled Berry S’mores

Strawberries are required. A campfire is not.

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39. Chocolate Cupcakes with Creamy Raspberry Frosting

No holiday is complete without chocolate.

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40. Pop Rock Popsicles

Pop these into your mouth now. They rock. See what we did there?

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41. Gluten-Free Dessert Cups

Filling blueberry muffins with ice cream and fresh fruit? Genius.

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42. Key Lime Pie Bars

One bite and boom, you're on a sunny Florida beach.

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43. Pink Drink Pops

Strawberry + white chocolate + coconut + green tea = cool, creamy magic.

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44. Red, White and Blue Ice Cream Floats

So simple, so sweet.

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45. Light Berry Angel Food Cake

It’s ready in 15 minutes, so there’s zero fuss.

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46. Vanilla Bourbon Cherry-Blueberry Pie

We’ll never get over these cute star cut-outs.

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47. Cherry Cobbler Cupcakes

Also doubles as a centerpiece.

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48. Nectarine Blueberry Pie

A layer of pie dough stars > regular old crust.

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49. 5-Ingredient Frozen Yogurt Bites

Coolest dessert at the barbecue? We think so.

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50. Brown Butter Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon Toast Crumbs

Hello, gorgeous.