49 4th of July Desserts That Never Go Out of Style

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Barbecue menus for the Fourth can turn real cheesy real quick. And between cocktailsappssides 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 49 4th of July desserts that are guaranteed to impress.

3. Mini Strawberry Ice Cream Pies

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

4. Peaches-and-Cream Ice Pops

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

6. One-Ingredient Watermelon Sorbet

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

11. Berry-Coconut Rocket Pops

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

13. Strawberry-Mango Hawaiian Shave Ice

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

27. Pink Lemonade Bars

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

32. Blueberry Crumble Pie

Two desserts coming together in streusel-topped harmony.

35. Patriotic Flag Fruit Platter

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

38. Grilled Berry S’mores

Strawberries are required. A campfire is not.

40. Gluten-Free Dessert Cups

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

41. Key Lime Pie Bars

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

42. Pink Drink Pops

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

44. Light Berry Angel Food Cake

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

45. Vanilla Bourbon Cherry-Blueberry Pie

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

47. Nectarine Blueberry Pie

A layer of pie dough stars > regular old crust.

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From 2015-2020 Lindsay Champion held the role of Food and Wellness Director. She continues to write for PureWow as a Freelance Editor.


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