Star Spangled Sweets: Best 4th of July Desserts

4th of July desserts

Whether they’re red, white, or blue desserts, or a good old, classic, American dessert recipe, we’ve got them all! We have some ideas for delicious 4th of July desserts recipes that are Uncle Sam-approved!

We all know the specific dessert that one relative brings to every Fourth of July picnic. Let’s be real. It’s always that fruit tart. You know the one…with the canned frosting? Since we already know Aunt Carol will probably have that covered (along with the Jell-O salad), we’re ready to branch out into new territory.

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The 4th of July Desserts With Fruit

photo by onceuponachef

Flag Cake

Nothing beats yellow cake with cream cheese frosting and fresh berries! Check out this recipe for American Flag Cake by Jenn Segal at Once Upon A Chef. This list really wouldn’t be complete without it. You could also make a white sheet cake with vanilla frosting, and use fresh strawberries for the stripes, and blueberries for the stars section.

If you want a more crowd-friendly option, you can opt for cupcakes instead! If you REALLY want to go full “flag cake,” check out this beautiful ice cream flag cake! It uses layers of raspberry sorbet and vanilla ice cream for stripes, with a blue cake as the “stars” section. If the layering seems too complicated, make a red velvet-crusted pie with layers of blueberry sorbet and vanilla ice cream instead.

Strawberry Shortcakes

This is a simple classic and a crowd-pleaser for sure! As a variation, try a strawberry-rhubarb shortcake, too!

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Strawberry Shortcake Biscuits

Delectably fruity and creamy Individual biscuits that are the perfect treat for a crowd
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 16 people
Calories 367 kcal


  • 2 packages buttermilk biscuit dough I like Pillsbury grands, but feel free to use your own favorite brand
  • 10 cups fresh strawberries quartered
  • 1/2 cup + 4 tbsp granulated sugar divided
  • 2-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cup + 4 tbsp heavy cream divided


Strawberry Shortcake Biscuits

  • Remove biscuit dough from package. Take the 4 tbsp heavy cream and brush the tops of the biscuits, then sprinkle evenly with granulated sugar.
  • Prepare buttermilk biscuits as instructed on the packaging. Allow the biscuits to cool 10 minutes before assembling.
  • Stir the strawberries and 1/4 cup sugar together in a large bowl. Cover and set in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Beat the heavy cream, 4 tablespoons granulated sugar, and vanilla extract with a mixer on medium-high speed until peaks form. This should be around 3 minutes.
  • Slice the biscuits into halves and layer with the strawberries and whipped cream.


Calories: 367kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 5gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 556mgPotassium: 290mgFiber: 3gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 449IUVitamin C: 53mgCalcium: 62mgIron: 2mg
Keyword southern, special occasions, treats
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Cherry Pie

The phrase may be “As American as apple pie,” but we think cherry pie fits the All-American description just as well! For this, you’ll need 4 cups of fresh or frozen tart cherries, 1 cup of granulated sugar, 4 T cornstarch, and 2 pre-made pie crusts (I like the ones from Trader Joe’s). Place cherries in a medium saucepan and place over heat and cover. After the cherries lose a good amount of juice, remove them from heat.

Add the sugar and cornstarch into the hot cherries and mix well. Return to the stove and cook on low until thickened, stirring often. Remove from the heat and let cool. Pour into the pie crust in a 9-inch round pan—dot with butter. Moisten the edge of the lower crust. Place top crust on and flute the edges. Make a slit in the middle of the crust for steam to escape and sprinkle with sugar—Bake for about 50 minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream!

Blueberry Pie

This you don’t typically see as often, but blueberry, cherry-berry, strawberry, or cherry pies are equally as deserving of the “All-American” title, too. Serve any of these pies warm with a scoop of ice cream, and you’ll be the picnic’s most popular guest. 

Patriotic Parfait

Donkey from Shrek truly believed that parfait was the ideal dessert, and we’d have to agree because we love this berry-filled treat. Mix together an 8 oz carton of yogurt with 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract and 4 oz of Cool Whip. In each glass, start the bottom layer with strawberries, then the whipped mixture, then blueberries or blackberries. Continue to layer until each glass is filled to the top. 

Best Independence Day of Desserts for a Crowd

What are the best 4th of July desserts when you’ve got a big crowd? Try these patriotic and scrumptious options that are sure to wow all your party guests.

photo by lilunakristyn

Star-Spangled Rice Krispy Sparklers:

Homemade Rice Krispies Treats are a hundred times better than store-bought. Melt 8 tbsp butter in a saucepan over medium heat, then add 8 cups of marshmallows. Add 8 cups of crispy rice cereal to the marshmallow mixture and fold it until completely mixed. Spread in a 9×13 inch pan. Once they’ve cooled, cut into squares or rectangles. Dunk your Rice Krispies treats in white chocolate and decorate with red and blue chocolate flavoring or festive sprinkles! Check out the full recipe from Kristyn at Lil’ Luna!

Patriotic Trifle

Trifle is the perfect party dessert! With all the different layers of yummy, fruit-filled goodness, it’s one that the kids will love to help you make. This is also a great make-ahead dessert that you can refrigerate for a bit before serving. First, mix 2/3 cup of white sugar with 1 lb of cream cheese until light and smooth. Add 2 cups of heavy cream and beat on medium-high until fluffy. In a big trifle dish (or a big bowl works, too!), put the first later of angel food cake cut into one-inch cubes. Add an even layer of blueberries. Next, dollop half the whipped cream mixture and spread evenly. Repeat this process with strawberries and the remaining ingredients. 

Firework Fruit Kebobs

Alternate blueberries, banana, watermelon, strawberries, and raspberries on a skewer for a healthier alternative to traditional sweets.

Easy 4th of July Desserts

Sometimes the best 4th of July desserts are the ones you can quickly make so you can get out and join your friends and family for the celebration. These three options are the perfect solution.

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Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies are easy-to-make, and with a little extra decoration, it steps up the game a little! Grab a star-shaped cookie cutter to make a festive star, and with glossy icing, everyone is sure to come back for just one more! 

Jell-O Pie

Prepare red Jell-o (strawberry, cherry, cranberry, or tropical fusion) according to box instructions. Pour into graham cracker crust; refrigerate 5 to 10 min or until set but not firm. Add a layer of Cool Whip, then repeat with blue Jell-o (berry blue or jolly rancher blue raspberry flavor). Put in the fridge until set, then serve with whipped cream and fresh fruit!

Italian-American Cream Soda

This simple recipe puts everyone in a patriotic mood. Start with a glass of ice, then add your red syrup. Fill the next layer with 1/4 cup of club soda, then add the half and half. Finally, add in the blue syrup. Finish the drink with whipped cream and garnish with a cherry! If you’re looking for something with a little more kick, try a red, white, and blue daiquiri with frozen strawberries for the red base, a blue Curacao liqueur for the middle layer, and coconut sorbet with rum for the white topping.

Decadent Fourth of July Desserts

Are you ready for some indulgent 4th of July desserts? Here are some delicious favorites that are sure to be a huge hit at your party.

Patriotic Oreo Pops

Take lollipop sticks (you can find these at your local craft store) and insert them into the center cream of an Oreo. Dip the Oreo in white chocolate and allow it to cool for a minute while the excess chocolate drips off. Before it hardens, and sprinkle with your favorite patriotic sprinkles. Allow them to cool standing upright. We love this delicious recipe from Alli at Cupcake Diaries blog! Be sure to check out her site for this and other fantastic 4th of July desserts that are sure to wow your friends and family!

Red, White, and Blue Marble Cake

Prepare a white cake mix like normal, then separate into three separate bowls. Add red food coloring to one, blue food coloring in the other. Gently fold the red and blue batters into the white, carefully not to over-mix. Bake it in your favorite cake pan or a pretty bundt mold. Check out this “firecracker cake” recipe!

Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake Bars

The fun, marble topping on these 4th of July desserts will impress everyone, along with the graham cracker crust and velvety cheesecake flavor. While this recipe isn’t quite as delicate as the one from JP’s pastry, it’s sure to be a hit with your crowd.

photo by @jpspastry

Your Independence Day Favorites

There are so many ways to decorate your 4th of July desserts! No matter what dessert you make, even if it’s simple cupcakes, you can always add some fun decorations to make your dish feel a little more patriotic! Add M&Ms, frosting, sprinkles, or fresh fruit to make red, white, and blue pop on your dessert!

Be sure to share your favorite 4th of July Desserts in the comments! And be sure to share your favorite Fourth of July memories with the ones you love this Independence Day.

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