10 Recipes to Kick-Off the 4th of July

It’s time to get the gang together, strike up the BBQ, and throw down the best dessert table you’ve ever seen. The 4th of July is the perfect occasion to fancy up even the simplest dessert with a little red, white, and blue. We’ve culled together our top choices for this year’s patriotic holiday that are bound to satisfy every sweet tooth at your next shindig.

USA Grafookies for July 4th | The Sweet Nerd

There’s no better way to celebrate the 4th of July than with these personalized artistic Grafookies. Street-styled in red, white, and blue, they’re almost too pretty to eat. But go ahead…! Grafookie Sugar Cookies.

Berry Cheesecake Popsicles | The Beach House Kitchen

The ultimate chill-out dessert. These frozen multi-layered popsicles have an added bonus a la cheesecake so everyone on the list are happy. Insert smiles all around!
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Berries In Brandy Parfait- No Spoon Necessary

This berry parfait calls for minimal baking which leaves for more time to just enjoy. The impressive layers are so simple that even an amateur baker can take on this sweet patriotic challenge. Click for recipe.

American Flag Pie- Sally's Baking Addiction

This is the most organized patriotic pie that you might ever see. With blueberries on one side and raspberries on the other, this stars and stripe pie will be the center of attention at any BBQ.  Click for recipe.

Sparkler Cake | Pizzazzerie

Make a statement and top off your night with this Sparkler Cake. This vanilla cake is covered in white frosting with red and blue berry adornment. The perfectly sweet pre-fireworks display! Click for recipe.

Blueberry Shortcake - Liv for Cake

Decadence and layers make up this Blueberry Shortcake. If you’re looking for simplicity, this gorgeous cake is easy to assemble and will impress even the in-laws. Click for recipe.

Triple Berry Pie - The Little Epicurean 

You can’t get any more American than a pie but throwing in three different types of berries takes this pie to the next level. Stars and stripes are adorned on top as additional pie crust decor. Click for recipe.

Red Velvet Blondie Cheesecake - Life, Love and Sugar

A blue star-spangled cheesecake will have everyone saluting…you! With a red velvet cake base, this sweet delight is worthy of hiding an extra piece for yourself.  Click for recipe.

Candy Shot Glasses - Kirbie's Cravings 

Bottom’s up with these patriotic frozen shot glasses. Made with jolly ranchers, even kids can participate with their own mock-tail drink. Cheers! Click for recipe.

Mini Cornmeal Cakes- A Beautiful Plate

Need a last minute BBQ dessert? These cutie cakes will only take 45 minutes but will look like you spent all day in the kitchen. Click for recipe.



  • Such a great mix of recipes for the Fourth Cindy (love your slide show btw). I’m especially intrigued by those candy shot glasses (I have the molds to make them too). And I wanted to make a flag pie. . .but as luck would have it. . . I think I am running out of time. I guess I will just have to admire this one.

  • Such an awesome round-up Cindy!! Thank you for including my popsicles! Can’t wait to eat my way through all the others!

  • Kendall Haun
    7 years ago

    I absolutely LOVE the flag pie and the sparkler cake… I better get to baking! Oh and those shot glasses are poppin’

  • Jake Lopez
    7 years ago

    Okay….the flag pie is pretty awesome and very creative. I have to attempt to make it and the jolly rancher shots look good too and colorful. The sparkler cake is genius but I would put lots of sparklers XD

  • Such a delicious, festive and fun round-up, Cindy! Thank you so much for including my parfait! I’m honored! Cheers, girlfriend!

  • Great round-up! So festive 🙂 Loving the flag pie and plotting how I can do the Canadian flag as a pie 😉

  • Tessa
    7 years ago

    Those candy shot glasses are just awesome – what a great selection of recipes – thanks and HAPPY 4th!!

  • I am loving all of the berry goodness here!! SO hard to pick just one dessert to make, I may have to try a few of them :).

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