Last Updated July 2nd, 2021 at 08:46 am by Lisa
We have put together all the sweets and treats to make your party patriotic and one to remember.
From the time I was a young girl, I always loved July 4th. We would decorate our bikes all day with red, white, and blue crepe paper, flags, and ribbons. I can remember the smell of the sparklers, and how the fireworks were loud and scary but so exciting. ✨ 💥 Our family had an all-day picnic in the park, and the holiday was always a time for family, food, and fun.
Wishing you a Happy July 4th with friends and family. Be safe and enjoy the yummy patriotic food. And may God Bless the USA...
Happy July 4th!
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100+ 4th of July Desserts
Fourth of July Dessert Recipes ~ Pies and Tarts
Pies and tarts are so classic, look at all these options. Bake a flag slab pie, grill a pie, make a fruit tart, or a sheet pan pie filled with berries and stars. Lot's of creative recipes to show your patriotic spirit!
- Blueberry Hand Pies by Foodology Geek
- American Flag Strawberry Blueberry Pie by Delicious Table
- Easy (No Bake!) Two-Bite Berry Pies by Cooking with Carlee
- Berry Pavlova by Foodology Geek
- Southern Fried Apple Hand Pies by A Farmgirls Kitchen
- Deconstructed Patriotic Pie by An Affair from the Heart
- A Red, White, and Blue Tart by The Simple Sweet Life
- Red, White, and Blue Cookie Tarts by Foodtastic Mom
- Best Ever Homemade Apple Pie by A Farmgirl's Kitchen
- Red, White, and Blue Buttermilk Berry Tart by Healthy Seasonal Recipes
- Red Wine Mixed Berry Yogurt Tart by Yup It's Vegan
- French Crumble Mini Apple Pies by Delicious Table
- Red, White, and Blue Bites by Chic and Savvy
- Homemade Cherry Pie Filling by A Farmgirls Kitchen
- Red, White, and Blue Berry Fruit Tart by What a Girl Eats
- Grill-Baked Blueberry Pie by Delicious Table
- Star Spangled Berry Sheet Pan Pie by Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
- Make Ahead Apple Pie Filling by Delicious Table
- American Flag Fruit Tart by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
4th of July Dessert Recipes ~ Cookies
Cookies are great for picnics in the park, or at the beach, they easily pack and can be made ahead!
- Stars and Stripes Cookies by A Baker's House
- Star-Spangled Cookies by Sugar Spun Run
- Red, White, and Blue Swirl Cookies by The Decorated Cookie
- Red, White, and Blue Cookie Tarts by Foodtastic Mom
- Patriotic Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie by Kleinworth & Co
- Patriotic M&M Pudding Cookies by An Affair from the Heart
- S'more Mini Skillet Chocolate Chip Pizookie Cookie by Delicious Table
- Chewy M&M Cookies by Grumpy's Honeybunch
- Patriotic Cookies - Stars n' Stripes USA Cookies by Delicious Table
4th of July Dessert Recipes ~ No-Bake Desserts
We get it, sometimes it is SO hot the thought of baking doesn't sound fun. So go with a no-bake recipe, keep the house cool and relax.
- Red, White, and Blue Fruit Fun Cones by My Kids Lick the Bowl
- No-Bake Red, White, and Blue Cake by Home. Made. Interest.
- Mascarpone Cheese Mousse and Berries by Low Carb Yum
- Red, White, and Blue Chocolate Covered Strawberries by Melanie Cooks
- Patriotic White Chocolate Pretzels by Beyond the Chicken Coop
- Cheesecake Salad by Low Carb Yum
- Easy Patriotic Bark by What the Fork
- Greek Yogurt Fruit Salad by Belle of the Kitchen
- Krispie Treat Fireworks Pops by Half-Scratched
- Mini Fruit Pizzas by Half-Scratched
- Patriotic No-Bake Cake Batter Truffles by Who Needs a Cape?
- Watermelon Pizza by Wholesome Yum
- No-Bake Red, White, and Blue Parfaits by Shockingly Delicious
- Berry Patriotic Chia Seed Pudding by Tasting Page
Assorted Fourth of July Desserts
Take a look at these elegant, fun, unique and beautiful desserts!
- Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies with Blueberries by My Gorgeous Recipes
- American Flag S'mores Dip by The Decorated Cookie
- Berries in a Pastry Basket by The Organic Kitchen
- 4th of July Donuts by The Simple Sweet Life
- Red, White, and Blueberry Tiramisu by The Suburban Soapbox
- Red White Blue Fresh Berry Cheesecake Salad by This Old Gal
- Triple Berry Pavlova by Bitz & Giggles
- Triple Berry Shortcake Salad by Bitz & Giggles
- Eton Mess by Caroline's Cooking
- Mixed Berry Fool by Lemon Blossoms
- Fathead Fruit Pizza by My Life Cookbook
- Patriotic Low Carb Vanilla Mousse in the Instant Pot by My Life Cookbook
- Vanilla Vegan Pudding by Veggie Inspired
- Star Meringues with Fresh Berries by What a Girl Eats
4th of July Cakes, Cupcakes, and Trifles
Cakes, Cupcakes, and Trifles are a classic dessert choice. These red, white, and blue Fourth of July desserts will make your party one to remember!
- Patriotic Red, White, and Blue Bundt Cake by Bunsen Burner Bakery
- Patriotic Red Velvet Cake Balls by Butter Your Biscuit
- Firecracker Cake by Love Bakes Good Cakes
- Easy One-Bowl Mixed Berry Cake by Celebrating Sweets
- Firework Bundt Cake by Cook Eat Go
- Patriotic Funfetti Mason Jar Cupcakes by Valerie's Kitchen
- Patriotic Paleo Chocolate Cake by Only Taste Matters
- Red, White, and Blue Firework Cupcakes by Crayons & Cravings
- Patriotic Cupcakes by Family Around the Table
- Easy Strawberry Trifle by Wholesome Yum
- Berry Almond Buckle by Garlic and Zest
- Patriotic Mini Trifles by Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
- Strawberry Shortcake Trifle by Bitz & Giggles
- Sand Torte by Cooking with Carlee
- Trifle Recipe with Berries by Celebrating Sweets
- Easy and Delicious Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Trifle by Chic and Savvy
- Red, White, and Blue Berry Trifles by Home & Plate
- Almond Scented Red, White, and Blue Cake by Platter Talk
- Red, White, and Blue Buckwheat Berry Cake by Platter Talk
- Strawberry and Blueberry "Cheese-Like" Cake by Savory Spin
- Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Poke Cake by Serena Bakes
- Old Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake by A Farmgirl's Kitchen
4th of July Cheesecakes
Cheesecakes are always a make-ahead hit to serve on July 4th!
- American Flag No-Bake Cheesecakes by Jonesin' for Taste
- Wave Your Flag Cheesecakes by Grumpy's Honeybunch
- Mini Berry Swirl Cheesecakes by A Farmgirl's Kitchen
- No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake With Oreo Crust by Longbourn Farm
- No-Bake Patriotic Cheesecake Parfaits by Upstate Ramblings
- Pressure Cooker Red White and Blue Cheesecake Singles by This Old Gal
- Skinny Berry Cheesecake Bars by Healthy World Cuisine
- Red White Blue No-Bake Cheesecake by Bottom Left of the Mitten
- Fourth of July Cheesecake Cake by The Itsy-Bitsy Kitchen
- Berry Cheesecake Flag Dessert by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
4th of July Frozen Desserts
Cool off outdoors with patriotic popsicles, ice pops, a slice of ice cream pie, or an old-fashioned ice cream sandwich!
- Patriotic Ice Cream Cake by Delicious Table
- Angel Cake Berry Trifle Sundae by A Farmgirl's Kitchen
- Red, White, and Blueberry Smoothie Popsicles by The Suburban Soapbox
- Berrylicious Ice Pops by Joy Filled Eats
- Berries and Cream Ice Cream Pie by Joy Filled Eats
- Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Fruit Popsicles by Delicious Table
- Firecracker Popsicles by Fried Dandelions
- Berry Cheesecake Bomb Pops by Lively Table
- Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches by Cooking on the Front Burner
- Cherry Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches by Delicious Table
More Patriotic July 4th Dessert Ideas
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- Food Network 4th of July Desserts
- 21 Red White and Blue Desserts
July 4th Party Food Ideas
A national American holiday celebrating the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
The colors of the pales (the vertical stripes) are those used in the flag of the United States of America; White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valor, and Blue, the color of the Chief (the broad band above the stripes) signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice.
A printable recipe for this Flag Cake is below...🇺🇸♥️
100+ July 4th Recipes ~ American Flag Cake
9 X 13 rectangle cake
- 1 boxed white vanilla cake mix 16 cups cake batter for pans than 3”
- water vegetable oil eggs called for on cake mix box
- red food color or gel
- blue food color or gel
- fresh raspberries
- fresh blueberries
- 2 cups salted butter - room temperature (2 sticks)
- 1 cup vegetable shortening
- 10 cups powder sugar (confectioners sugar)
- 4 tablespoons hot water
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon almond extract (optional but great!)
- Put a few drops of vegetable oil in bottom of your cake pan. Next, line with parchment paper cut to fit the bottom of the pan.
- This will help release the cake from the pan and makes clean up much easier. If you are serving the cake right from the pan and not removing the cake to decorate, don’t line the pan of course!
- Beat soft butter and shortening in a mixer on high until creamy for 5 minutes.
- At low speed, add powder sugar 1 cup at a time until smooth.
- On high speed, mix in vanilla, almond extract, and hot water for 5 minutes until fluffy and smooth.
- Mix your cake batter in a large mixing bowl or stand mixer according to the box directions. (Deeper pans might need more cake batter - I used a deeper pan (3 inches deep, most pan are 2 inches deep) so I mixed up 2 boxes of cake batter).
- In a small bowl place 1-2 cups of batter, stir in red food color until it’s the red you like. In another small bowl, place 1-2 cups of the batter; stir in blue food color until it’s the blue you like.
- Now, pour dollops of the batter into the pan alternating from red, white and blue. Try to place the batter on top of each area, it will begin to spread out.
- When all the batter is in the cake pan, use a skewer to pull lines from the center outward, and then do some slight swirls around the pan. This helps create the marble design. Rap the pan down on the counter to help level the batter and pop any bubbles in the batter that would make the cake bake uneven.
- Bake according to your cake box directions, most classic cake mixes require a 350-degree oven for 28 minutes for a regular 9x13 cake pan. (If you use a cake pan deeper than 2 inches, reduce baking temperature to 325 degrees and bake longer for 55 minutes). Check with a toothpick, if it comes out clean the cake is done.
- Cool cake for 10 minutes in the cake pan, then remove it to a wire rack to finish cooling. Cool the cake in the refrigerator for at least two hours or preferably overnight before decorating. I like to bake cakes one day, then decorate them the next. This helps release the steam in the cake and the frosting holds on the cake when chilled, otherwise, it melts.
- Place a dollup of frosting on a small piece of cardboard or a tray, and set the cake on top. This keeps the cake from sliding around while decorating.
- Frost the cake with frosting using a small offset spatula. Smooth out the frosting as best you can all over the top and sides of the cake.
- Using a knife, draw a line about 5 inches long and 4 inches tall for the blue part of the flag in the upper left corner. Place blueberries in that box, pick the best larger ones and place them with the smooth side up.
- Starting at the top of the cake, use large raspberries pointed up and make long rows of red, leaving 1" white stripe in between each row of raspberries.
- Fill a large piping bag with a large 1M star tip and frosting. PRO TIP: rest the piping bag in a tall sturdy jar or glass and pull the piping bag down, it really helps to fill it up. Pipe stars on blueberries for the stars of the flag working in slightly offset rows like the flag.
- Pipe stars in between rows of raspberries, and decorate the sides of the cake if you wish. You will have some frosting leftover, it freezes great in a zip-top bag, and can be used for another dessert.
- The cake will hold well overnight in the refrigerator for 1 day, and possibly 2 days if your berries are really fresh. I would decorate the cake either the day of your party or the night before. I have also had guests decorate it during the party which was SO much fun!
cake storageThe flag cake will last up to 2 days chilled in the fridge. The frosting will firm up, so remove the cake at least one hour before serving to let the frosting soften up before serving.
frostingThis frosting recipe is SOOO fluffy and easy to spread at room temperature. But it firms up nicely when chilled in the fridge, so decorate your cake with room temperature frosting. You can freeze any leftover frosting, and use it for another dessert.
baking pansYou can bake this in a sheet pan, glass 9 x 13 dish, or metal cake pan. If you use a pan deeper than 3 inches, you will want to lower the temperature from 350 down to 325 degrees and bake it longer, about 50 minutes. Also, be sure to line the pan with parchment, it makes taking the cake out so much easier, and in one piece. 🍰
batterColoring the batter is really easy, be sure to use bowls that won't stain with the dye, and just work to put big dollops on top of each other, with lots of white batter all over. Then use a chopstick to pull outward from the center and then in a circle, this makes the swirls you want! 🥣
bakingYou can bake the cake a day ahead, and keep it chilled in the fridge until it's time to decorate it. You will want the cake very cool before you frost it!
decoratingA small offset spatula makes it really easy, but you can use a butter knife too. I had fun piping stars on the cake, totally optional but looks so patriotic. 🇺🇸 Use a large piping bag and 1M tip to create the stars. I used regular food coloring, just mix until it's a dark enough shade. Red took the whole little bottle.
berriesI used blueberries and raspberries, but you could use strawberries for the red stripes. You could also use colored sugar or sprinkles for the stripes. 🫐❤️
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July 4th Cookouts, BBQs, and Picnic Tips!
- Use serving pieces you have, red, white, and blue are great but not necessary. Look high and low for the thing you have-trust me you have great pieces to use. Find trays, baskets, bowls, or buy inexpensive ones.
- Plan an area for all the food. A nice long table in the shade, the dinner table, or a kitchen counter space all work great. Serve out of the heat, cover food, and try to keep any salads or meat items covered.
- For summer pool parties, I make sure to get food back in the fridge after about an hour or so to keep it safe, then take it out later in the day when people get hungry again.
- Plan for your number of guests, and space to walk around the table, and chairs, and places to sit in the shade.
- Have containers to send leftovers home with guests, people love it! I use inexpensive Chinese paper takeout containers or grocery store brands.
- If serving outside, plan out to keep food protected from flying insects with food tents, chill salads, and keep dishes out of the direct sun if possible.
- Use what you have to create different heights if possible and to keep people moving around trying different dishes. I sometimes use boxes under pretty linens and tablecloths to create high and low places.
- Use American flags, linens, flowers, and patriotic decorations.
- Serve salads in large chilled bowls on ice packs with a pretty towel covering the ice packs. There are also platters that stay chilled for up to two hours, I have a couple and love them.
- Trays - regular or ones that stay chilled
- Small Bowls
- Small Serving Spoons
- Salad Tongs
- Red Solo Cups
- Insect Tents/Covers
- Bottled Water
- Iced Tea or Lemonade
- Chips, Pretzels, Snacks
- Cookout, BBQ, and Grill Items
- Cocktails and Drinks