Sweeten Up Your 4th of July With These Patriotic Desserts

Posted: June 30, 2023 8:48 am

Every 4th of July celebration needs festive decorations, fireworks, and a sweet treat to cap off all of the fun. These 10 dessert ideas are the perfect complement for your 4th of July menu.

4th of July No Bake Pie

Don’t want to heat up your kitchen on a hot summer day? Try this 4th of July no bake pie, the ideal cool treat to enjoy this holiday. This pie features a creamy lemon filling that sits on top of a crunchy gingersnap crust. You can also substitute a graham cracker crust if the taste of gingersnaps is too strong for you. The pie is decorated with blueberries and raspberries in an American flag pattern. This dessert will need to chill in the fridge for at least three hours to set. Everyone will love cooling off with this treat.

Star-Spangled Fruit Kebabs

It does not get any easier than these star-spangled fruit kebabs. You will cut apples and watermelon into star shapes using a cookie cutter and then thread them on a kebab stick with blueberries to create a fun red, white, and blue pattern. Soaking the apples in orange juice prior to assembly will ensure that they do not brown over time. These kebabs will stay fresh in the fridge for a few hours. This recipe is also a great way to entice kids to eat some healthy fruit on a day in which they would likely fill up with junk food.

4th of July White Chocolate Fudge


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If you are looking for something to make well ahead of the big event, you would be wise to consider this 4th of July white chocolate fudge. Because you can make it up to a week in advance, it is a great dessert to get done before the craziness of the holiday sets in. This classic white chocolate fudge leans on red, white, and blue food coloring to create a unique tie dyed look. This fudge looks beautiful on a serving platter on the middle of your dessert table.

4th of July Poke Cake

This 4th of July poke cake is easy and affordable while also adding a creative touch to your holiday spread. This classic poke cake uses a white cake mix that is made festive with raspberry and berry blue gelatin to create the patriotic stripes. A layer of white whipped cream is topped with fresh strawberries and blueberries to add even more flair. This cake will also keep for two days in the fridge if you want to get a head start on your dessert for the big day.

Berry Chia Seed Pudding

If you are looking for something healthy for your holiday spread, this vegan berry chia seed pudding will please even the most discerning tastes. The recipe combines coconut milk with chia seeds, maple syrup, cinnamon, and maple syrup. The addition of strawberries and blueberries on top adds a festive and nutritious touch to the top of your pudding parfait. Serve this pudding in individual mason jars tied with red and blue ribbon for a unique presentation that your guests will love. The pudding is rich in fiber, calcium, iron, potassium, and omega-3 fatty acids. The fruit adds a powerful antioxidant punch.

Strawberry-Almond Crumble Pie

This strawberry-almond crumble pie recipe takes advantage of strawberry season falling over the holiday. The crust is made with ground almonds, butter, sugar, and flour. The filling of this delicious pie features strawberries, lemon juice, nutmeg, sugar, and cardamom. The crumble element ties it all together with oats, brown sugar, and more almonds. Serve each slice of pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. You cannot go wrong with this dessert.

Raspberry Crumble Bars

These raspberry crumble bars are a good choice if you are looking for a handheld dessert. The base of the bars combines oats, flour, sugar, baking powder, butter, and salt to form a cookie-like base. This base is topped with a filling made with frozen raspberries, granulated sugar, flour, cornstarch, and lemon juice. The streusel topping is the crowning touch on these light yet filling dessert bars.

Red, White, and Blue Crispy Rice Treats

These classic crispy rice treats add an explosion of patriotic color to your celebration. It is easy to make the different layers using food coloring. Finish off the color scheme with red, white, and blue sprinkles. This is another fabulous dessert idea when you want your guests to be able to grab and go. These treats will stay fresh in an airtight container for up to three days. Adults and children alike will love these colorful treats.

Watermelon Granita

While no 4th of July barbecue is complete without watermelon slices, you can elevate this traditional treat even further with this refreshing watermelon granita recipe. Simply combine fresh watermelon cut into chunks with lime juice and sugar and process in a blender until smooth. The mixture is frozen until it resembles shaved ice. Serve this frozen treat in individual glasses garnished with a twist of lime. Everyone will beat the heat with this cool treat.

Lemon Icebox Pie

This lemon icebox pie is perfect for any summer afternoon, making it a good choice for your 4th of July event. This pie comes together in less than 30 minutes of prep time. However, you will need to account for over 6 hours for it to properly chill. The nostalgia of this classic icebox pie cannot be beat. You can add a patriotic twist to this pie by scattering fresh blueberries and strawberries on top of the finished product before serving.

All 10 of these desserts would be the perfect ending to your day of celebration. Pick a few of your favorites and have fun with leaning into all the red, white, and blue on this day.

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