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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.
When it comes to crust, more is more.
Roasting the strawberries will bring out all their sweet, juicy flavor.
Roasted peaches and brown sugar bring summery sweetness to tangy Greek yogurt.
Now *that’s* how you celebrate.
Does it get any easier than twice-frozen watermelon? We think not.
Why should your oven have all the fun?
True works of art.
Introducing a foolproof way to bake a pie.
It’s our favorite way to eat peanut butter.
You’ll never be too old to cool off with one of these.
Also known as the most American dessert ever.
This DIY gem doesn’t require a shave ice machine or a flight to Maui.
Bring on the sprinkles, chopped nuts and caramel sauce.
If the color scheme works…bake it.
So simple, yet so delicioius.
Keep the coals glowing all night.
The more berries, the merrier.
Nothing beats a summer peach.
A sparkler in one hand, a pie straw in the other.
It’s heavy on the fruit, but light on effort.
Cool and creamy, no oven required.
Tastes as good as it looks.
This calls for a farmers market trip.
For those of you who avoid the oven at all costs come summer.
Your picnic won’t be complete without a little lemonade.
Have biscuit dough, will travel.
It's basically a fruit salad, right?
Starring your trusty baking sheet.
Summer’s favorite vegetable goes dessert.
Two desserts coming together in streusel-topped harmony.
Your cutest barbecue guests yet.
And the crowd goes wild.
It doesn’t get any easier (or more festive).
Great things come in small packages.
Strawberries are required. A campfire is not.
No holiday is complete without chocolate.
Pop these into your mouth now. They rock. See what we did there?
Filling blueberry muffins with ice cream and fresh fruit? Genius.
One bite and boom, you're on a sunny Florida beach.
Strawberry + white chocolate + coconut + green tea = cool, creamy magic.
So simple, so sweet.
It’s ready in 15 minutes, so there’s zero fuss.
We’ll never get over these cute star cut-outs.
Also doubles as a centerpiece.
A layer of pie dough stars > regular old crust.
Coolest dessert at the barbecue? We think so.
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