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5 Festive Dessert Recipes for July 4th


Article by Kate Baxendale

Photography by Stock Images + Provided

July 4th is America's birthday, and if that's not an excuse for over-the-top desserts, then I'm not sure what is! Whether you stick to the red, white and blue theme or simply opt for something sweet and summery, you can't go wrong with these five dessert recipes for Independence Day.

Ice Cream Flag Cake

You'll want everyone to gather 'round when you cut into this patriotic masterpiece from Food Network. Layers of white cake, raspberry sorbet and a field of blue cake make an American flag on each slice!

Jiffy Mixed Berry Cornmeal Cobblers

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These individually sized treats from Country Living are Americana perfection! Serve them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a little something cold and creamy.

Red, White + Blue Cheesecake Strawberries

These pretty babies from Delish will disappear before you very eyes! Whip up a little cream cheese frosting, pipe it onto halved strawberries and top it with blueberries for a tasty, fruity bite.

Summer Melon Slushies

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Summer melon slushies are a welcome departure from all the red, white and blue food. These recipes from Woman's Day feature refreshing flavor combinations such as watermelon-lime, honeydew-ginger-mint and cantaloupe-basil.

Angel Food Cake

Bon Appétit's Angel Food Cake is delightfully fluffy. It's nice and light for summertime and looks oh-so pretty when topped with fresh berries and a dollop of whipped cream.