Besides being a great long weekend, the Fourth of July is a time to celebrate the birthday of the good old USA. All across the country, barbecue grills will be lit, flags will be hung, and family and friends will gather to eat lots of food. But after all of the hot dogs, burgers,and ribs, your guests will most likely be in the mood for a sweet treat. And there is no better way to impress them than with an assortment of red, white, and blue desserts. (Well, unless you can play a killer rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner" on your guitar).
Cakes, cookies, and popsicles are just some of the tasty treats that make a perfect, patriotic end to an awesome backyard barbecue or beach blowout. And the best part is that most of them don't even require you to sweat it out over a hot stove while you prepare them.
So while you're planning the details of your Fourth of July menu this year, make sure you save room for the dessert. You're definitely going to need some sugar to keep you and your guests awake long enough to see the fireworks display after the sun goes down.
1. Vanilla Bean Strawberry Sherbert
Brooklyn Supper's vanilla bean strawberry sherbet is simple and sweet, and you practically count the ingredients on one hand.
2. Red, White & Blue Berry Trifle
The red, white & blueberry trifle from Brown Eyed Baker makes a beautiful centerpiece for your Fourth of July table.
3. Limoncello Cheesecake with Biscoff Crust
Want to spice things up this holiday? The Limoncello cheesecake with Biscoff crust from A Spicy Perspective puts a boozy spin on your ordinary cheesecake recipe.
4. Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies
Red velvet sandwich cookies from Cook Nourish Bliss are all the soft, cream cheesy goodness of a slice of red velvet cake, without all of the calories. That is, of course, unless you eat the whole batch by yourself.
5. No Bake Frozen Cheesecake
A salty and sweet mix of graham cracker crumbs, pretzels, and pecans make the crust of the no bake frozen cheesecake from My Baking Addiction.
6. Greek Yogurt Popcicles
The temperatures are sure to be high on July 4, and the Greek yogurt popsicles from Damn Delicious are the perfect patriotic frozen treat on a hot day.
7. 4th of July Doughnuts
Dress up ordinary cake doughnuts with this patriotic 4th of July doughnut icing from The Simple, Sweet Life.
8. Strawberry Pretzel Salad
The name is deceiving, as you won't have to force your kids to eat Brown Eyed Baker's strawberry pretzel salad. The perfect combination of salty and sweet, you might actually have to make them stop eating it.
9. Creamy Chia Pudding
If you're looking for a dessert option that's on the healthier side, try the creamy chia pudding from Cookie and Kate.
10. Cheesecake Parfaits With Blueberry Pie Filling
Don't even think about turning your oven on, whip up these cheesecake parfaits with blueberry pie filling from Damn Delicious with your electric mixer and serve chilled.
11. Strawberry Shortcake S'mores
These strawberry shortcake s'mores from A Spicy Perspective are perfect for a backyard barbecue.
12. Creamy Coconut Mojito Ice Pops
On a hot day, nothing is more refreshing than a popsicle or a mojito. The folks at Cook Nourish Bliss give us the best of both worlds with their creamy coconut mojito ice pops.
13. Red, White, And Blue Tart
The red, white, and blue tart from The Simple, Sweet Life bakes in just 10 minutes, leaving you more time to get glam before your guests arrive.
14. Lemon Whipped Cream 4th Of July Cupcakes
Decorate the lemon whipped cream 4th of July cupcakes from Your Cup of Cake with fresh berries and red sprinkles to show your love for the USA.
15. Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
The chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich cake from My Baking Addiction will take you back to the summers of your childhood. The red, white, and blue sprinkles make it fun and festive for your holiday party.
16. Lemon Berry Cake
Lemons, fresh blueberries, and raspberries make Your Cup of Cake's lemon berry cake a sweet summer treat. You can save yourself a little time by using your favorite white cake mix.
17. Raspberry Cobbler Pizza
There may not be any mozzarella or tomato sauce, but all of your guests will be vying for the last slice of raspberry cobbler pizza from Deliciously Yum.