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Barbecue menus for the Fourth can turn real cheesy real quick. And between cocktails, apps, sides and the 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 fete that are actually tasteful—and tasty. Presenting 40 4th of July desserts that are guaranteed to impress.
Also known as the most American dessert ever.
If the color scheme works...bake it.
Tastes as good as it looks.
Introducing a foolproof way to bake a pie.
Strawberries are required. A campfire is not.
Now *that’s* how you celebrate America’s birthday.
Coolest dessert at the barbecue? We think so.
It doesn’t get any easier (or more festive) than this.
Ready in only 15 minutes, so there’s absolutely no fuss.
Because no holiday is complete without chocolate.
Pop these into your mouth now. They rock. See what we did there?
True works of art.
You had us at fresh. Bye-bye, freaky dyes.
Fill graham-cracker crust with indulgent peanut-butter cream. Then, layer on whipped cream and roasted peanuts.
Filling blueberry muffins with ice cream and fresh fruit? Genius.
These little guys can be whipped up by hand using just a whisk and a single bowl.
It's basically a fruit salad, right?
Starring your trusty baking sheet.
Summer's favorite veggie goes dessert.
Strawberry + white chocolate + coconut + green tea = cool, creamy magic.
Two desserts coming together in streusel-topped harmony.
One bite and boom, you're on a sunny Florida beach.
Your cutest barbecue guests yet.
Why should your oven have all the fun?
Roasting the strawberries will bring out all their sweet, juicy flavor.
You'll never be too old to cool off with one of these.
We'll never get over these cute star cut-outs.
Does it get any easier than twice-frozen watermelon? We think not.
For those of you who avoid the oven at all costs come summer.
Hello, gorgeous. Substitute nectarines or plums if that's what you have.
Bring on the sprinkles, chopped nuts and caramel sauce.
Have biscuit dough, will travel.
This DIY gem doesn't require a shave ice machine or a flight to Maui.
A layer of pie dough stars > regular old crust.
Roasted peaches and brown sugar bring summery sweetness to tangy Greek yogurt.
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