15 Fourth of July Desserts for an Especially Delicious Holiday

We don’t know about you, but on the Fourth of July, we like our desserts the way we like our shindigs: patriotic, star-spangled, and all about that grand ‘ol flag.

Sure, you’ve already had your fair share of the red, white, and blue: we’ll bet you have your festive décor and your crafty Etsy finds down pat. But let’s be honest — we’re really in it for the show-stopping, flag-inspired confection at the end of the night. Go easy with crostini or go big with a cake in the shape of our fair nation…but whatever you do, don’t forget to raise a patriotic glass to Thomas Jefferson, Mr. Declaration himself. ‘Merica, y’all.

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by Lisa Siva

French Toast, American Breakfast

Start your Fourth of July right with an appropriately patriotic breakfast. Family Fresh Cooking bakes her French toast and tops it with fresh berries.

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Berry Crostini

These crostini are the easiest appetizer in the world — but no one will care because 1) they are adorable and 2) ‘Merica. Damn Delicious keeps it classy with whipped goat cheese.

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Pizza, the American Way

Ok, pizza isn’t exactly dessert, but these mini, brie-smothered bites are too cute to pass up. Traditional? No. Delicious? Absolutely, And aren’t we supposed to be a melting pot, anyway? Thanks, Half Baked Harvest!

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Put a Spin on It

It’s Independence Day, which means fireworks-inspired everything — including your cupcake toppers. These edible pinwheels are made from Airheads (yes, you read that right) and are a cinch to whip up over at Studio DIY.

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Pop It

After all that ‘cue, you’re definitely going to need something to cool down with. Back to Her Roots‘ patriotic ice pops are just the thing.

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Hey, Shorty

If frozen yogurt pops don’t cut it for you, dig into an ice cream sandwich from A Farmgirl’s Dabbles. They’re part red velvet shortcake, part cheesecake, and entirely delicious.

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We like fireworks in the sky as much as the next girl — but we especially love them on our cookies. Bake at 350 breaks it down.

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Strawberry Granita

On a hot, summer day, this granita is your best friend. All you need is four ingredients and a baking pan, and you’re good to go. Thanks, My Baking Addiction!

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Get Corny

Once you’ve mastered patriotic cookies and frozen treats, step outside your comfort zone with Half Baked Harvest’s corn fritters, drizzled in bourbon syrup.

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The Way the Berry Crumbles

Crumbles are to the Fourth of July what Yule logs are to Christmas. You just can’t do without them — and thankfully, How Sweet Eats has a sangria-inspired version that’s all decked out for Independence Day.

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Pie Time

Oh, you were going to celebrate without pie? You thought wrong. Adventures in Cooking has a star-spangled confection that will be right at home beneath the fireworks.

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Mini Me

Not ready for a full-size pie? Take a cue from Blogging Over Thyme and make it mini.

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Go Raw

Vegans and raw eaters, rejoice! All this talk of flaky pie and ice cream has seemed just so unfair — but our friends at Oh, Ladycakes feel you. You’ll make a crust of mixed nuts and a cream from cashews…and it’s like Independence Day in a tart pan.

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And now, the pièce de résistance: the USA cake. Lucky for you, it’s easier than it looks — especially with Oh Happy Day to guide you through.

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A Toast

Wash it all down with a patriotic champagne toast, à la Kirbie’s Cravings. Here’s to you, America.

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