60 4th of July Desserts

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From chocolate cakes & cobblers to ice cream & cookies, to red, white and blue…I’ve got a big list of classically American 4th of July Desserts you are sure to love, along with some you may not have thought of! Enjoy these with friends and family at your backyard BBQ’s, parades, birthday parties, parks or just chillin at home and trying to keep cool this summer. Happy 4th of July, friends! Stay safe and enjoy!

4th of July Desserts to Try This Year!

American flag cake

American Flag Cake

Kick off your 4th of July Celebration with this deliciously simple flag cake. Filled with fresh berries and cream cheese frosting, this is one of my favorite 4th of July desserts and one of my most popular recipes.

finished fruit pizza on table

Fruit Pizza

When you need a beautiful, delicious, lightly sweet dessert, try making a Fruit PizzaSugar cookie dough is spread into a half sheet pan and baked, then topped with a light and creamy pudding and topped with fresh fruit. 

decorated 4th of july cupcakes

4th of July Cupcakes

The most bright and all-American 4th of July Cupcakes that you can make! Super simple recipe with delicious homemade vanilla buttercream frosting.

Buttery Apple Pie

Is there anything more American than Apple Pie? I submit there is not. A great 4th of July dessert choice for your festivities.

Ice Cream Cake

This Homemade Ice Cream Cake recipe is better than a store-bought one, guaranteed!! Filled with vanilla and chocolate ice cream, plus crushed Oreos and hot fudge, this is sure to be a big crowd-pleasing 4th of July dessert!

baked tart cherry pie with a lattice top

Tart Cherry Pie

Homemade, reliable, easy, and delicious, this Tart Cherry Pie takes some pointers from Grandma! This would be a welcome addition to your 4th of July celebration.

fruit pizza cookies on baking tray

Fruit Pizza Cookies

My easy sugar cookies baked soft, frosted with sweet cream cheese frosting all topped with colorful and fresh fruit. You will love these Fruit Pizza Cookies! A super cute and unexpected 4th of July dessert!

slice of angel food cake with whipped cream and berries

Angel Food Cake

Light, dreamy and so much better than store-bought, this homemade Angel Food Cake will blow your mind! Made with whipped egg whites, sugar, flour, and some flavorings, this is a must-make cake recipe for your Independence Day festivities.

slice out of a strawberry cake

Strawberries and Cream Cake

This homemade Strawberry Cream Cake is the perfect creamy 4th of July dessert! Light, refreshing, and sweet enough to satisfy any craving!

strawberry shortcakes

Strawberry Shortcake

Make homemade Strawberry Shortcake with buttery shortcakes, juicy strawberries, and fresh whipped cream. Light, sweet, and downright heavenly. Add it to the list!

red white and blue cupcake with peeled cupcake liner all topped with frosting and sprinkles

Red, White & Blue Cupcakes

Say, “Happy Fourth!” with these Red, White, and Blue Cupcakes. These are moist, sweet cupcakes topped with a tangy, cream cheese frosting. 

strawberry rhubarb crisp

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

This Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp is a warm sweet-tart 4th of July dessert with a streusel topping. Enjoy served with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

slice of strawberry jello pie

Strawberry Pie (with Jello!)

Fresh Strawberry Jello Pie is a classic summer treat that your family will love. 4th of July begs for Strawberry Pie made with jello and fresh whipped cream!

No bake cheesecake

No-Bake Cheesecake

No-Bake Cheesecake has never been so easy or delicious! A silky smooth cream cheese filling surrounded by a buttery graham cracker crust. Enjoy plain or with any desired red, white and blue toppings with no oven required.

Mixed Berry Pie

Mixed Berry Pie with Streusel

This Mixed Berry Pie is covered in streusel and can be topped with whipped cream or ice cream. Perfect for 4th of July or any day, really!

Banana pudding

Classic Banana Pudding

Perfectly sweet and delicious, this Banana Pudding will make you never want another dessert again! I’ll be serving this all summer long!

strawberry pretzel salad on tablescape

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Strawberry Pretzel Salad is no salad at all, but a delicious dessert made with easy store-bought ingredients like Jell-O, Cool Whip, pretzels and strawberries. Always a hit at potlucks and picnics.

banana split cake slice on a plate

Banana Split Cake

Celebrate Independence Day with this Banana Split Cake! With a graham cracker crust topped with all the familiar flavors of a banana split including the cherry on top! This no-bake dessert will be devoured by everyone. 

slice of chocolate lasagna on a plate

Chocolate Lasagna

Chocolate Lasagna is loaded with an Oreo crust, cheesecake mixture, chocolate and vanilla pudding, and homemade whipped cream are layered to create a delicious no-bake dessert that will have your 4th of July guests licking their plates clean! 

stacked coconut bars

Coconut Bars

Celebrate your Independence Day with these Coconut Bars! These have a chewy sugar cookie bottom and are topped with a lime zest, coconut, and cream cheese mixture. Loaded with coconut-y island flavor, and perfect for a summer dessert or anytime you’re craving that island vibe.



This Scotcharoos recipe is a CLASSIC no-bake dessert featuring a chewy peanut buttery Rice Krispies base topped with chocolate and butterscotch. These will FLY off your table.

pouring more salted caramel sauce over crumble topping

Apple Crumble

This Apple Crumble with salted caramel will have you licking your plate clean! Soft apples, topped with a buttery crumble top and homemade salted caramel sauce. Pure heaven!

peach-crisp in bowl with spoon and ice cream

Peach Crisp

This easy Peach Crisp is a summer comfort food with fresh, juicy peaches and a warm buttery brown sugar streusel topping. Serve warm or cold with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. 

Raspberry Cobbler

Peach Raspberry Cobbler

This Peach Raspberry Cobbler is topped with a crispy oat crumble and homemade vanilla ice cream. Perfect for 4th of July potlucks and all through summer!

Lemon Raspberry Cake

This Lemon Raspberry Cake is lightly sweet, has a hint of lemon flavor, and is topped with a delicious cream cheese frosting and lots of raspberries. A confirmation that summer is here and festive enough to bring to a cookout this 4th of July! 

banana split pie

Banana Split Pie

This easy No-Bake Banana Split Pie is irresistible! A sweet graham cracker crust is loaded with all the flavors of a classic banana split. Incredibly simple to make, using store-bought ice cream and toppings. It’s a favorite treat of ours for summer outdoor movie nights!

baked magic bars cut into squares

Magic Bars

Magic Bars, also known as Hello Dolly Bars, are made with a buttery graham cracker crust, topped with pecans, coconut shreds, chocolate, and butterscotch chips then drizzled with sweetened condensed milk and baked! They are a decadent dessert bar, but one that is nearly fail-proof.

rice krispie treats

Rice Krispie Treats

This classic Rice Krispie Treats recipe is made from rice cereal and marshmallows for an ooey-gooey dessert or snack that everyone is sure to love. Making these is simple and quick. Perfect for a 4th of July potluck dessert or just as a sweet snack.

lemon bars stacked on top of each other on a white plate

Perfect Lemon Bars

These Lemon Bars are the quintessential party dessert, and you won’t be sorry making these for your 4th of July get-together! These bake up perfectly sweet while still lemony and tart. Very few, simple ingredients are needed to make this recipe from scratch and they always are the first to go!

whole frosted lemon cake

Lemon Cake

Sweet zingy Lemon Cake frosted with lemon buttercream frosting then decorated with a fresh sprinkling of lemon zest! I love bringing this cake to summer/4th of July BBQ’s.

butterfinger nutter butter cheesecake bars on plate

Butterfinger Nutter Butter Cheesecake Bars

Let me tell you, these Butterfinger Nutter Butter Cheesecake Bars are what dreams are made of. Glorious. Sweet. Addictive. A Nutter Butter base, cheesecake filling and chocolate topping work in perfect harmony to make these a fabulous 4th of July cook-out treat! 

cut slices of lemon poppyseed cake

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

A light and fluffy Lemon Poppy Seed Cake paired with a classic cream cheese frosting. Lemony-sweet and perfect for summer festivities! 

Lemon Lush

Lemon Lush (Lemon Lasagna)

Lemon Lush, also known as lemon lasagna, is an all American dessert full of lemony and creamy layers on top of a sweet cookie crust. Top with fresh strawberries!

different flavored cake mix cookies on parchment paper

Cake Mix Cookies

Incredibly soft, these Cake Mix Cookies are easy to make and even easier to eat! Only 4 ingredients needed to whip up a batch with endless flavor combinations. The sky is truly the limit when it comes to these cookies! 

Double Berry Galette

Double Berry Galette

Red and blue berries are sweetened and then baked in a prepared pie crust for this super easy 4th of July Double Berry Galette. A show-stopper without the work!

Brownies stacked on top of eachother

The Best Homemade Brownie

These Homemade Brownies are thick, chewy, and stay moist for days! I consider this the best brownie recipe out there because it’s made in one pot! Bring these with you to the park to watch the fireworks!

peach cobbler

AMAZING Peach Cobbler

This Peach Cobbler is made with a cake mix and canned peaches. It’s juicy, sweet, and cakey. This quick and simple dessert is special enough for the 4th of July but simple enough to throw together any weeknight. Win, Win!

Pineapple upside-down cake with cherries on a plate.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

The old-fashioned Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a simple and classic dessert that everyone loves. This recipe is an easy one courtesy of a vanilla cake mix that is jazzed up with a homemade caramel. This all American cake has never been so good!

close up of a corner of a lemon blueberry bar stacked on top of other bars

Lemon Blueberry Bars

Fresh summer blueberries and a lemon filling are sandwiched between a crumble crust and topping to make these delicious Lemon Blueberry Bars! Enjoy these while relaxing in the shade this summer!

close up of cookie ice cream sandwiches

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches are easier to make than you think. The best of chocolate chip cookies and vanilla ice cream! Perfect for birthdays, a hot summer’s day, or just because!

Double Chocolate S’mores Cookies

Enjoy a summer favorite treat with a twist! Chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers all packed into soft and chewy Chocolate S’mores Cookies will make you fall in love!

Chocolate Smores Skillet Cookie with ice cream

Chocolate S’mores Skillet Cookie

This Chocolate Skillet S’mores Cookie is to die for and is so so simple to make. If you have any experience baking cookies, then this recipe will come easy to you. Lots of basic ingredients thrown together to create a crispy edged, soft and chewy skillet cookie that happens to be filled with all the good stuff that makes s’mores so amazing!


The BEST Cheesecake

This is literally the best cheesecake recipe ever. Seven simple ingredients. No water bath. No cracking ever. It is the only recipe you’ll ever need for classic, jaw-dropping, super creamy cheesecake. Follow my directions and it is simply fail-proof!

sour cream vanilla cupcakes

Sour Cream Vanilla Cupcakes

Soft and moist, these Sour Cream Vanilla Cupcakes are topped with extra creamy vanilla frosting! These are for all you vanilla lovers out there! The best cupcakes everrrrr and totally customizable! Add some red, white and blue sprinkles for the 4th!

slice of chocolate cake with fork taking a piece

Classic Chocolate Cake

This Chocolate Cake is the most quintessential, classic chocolate cake that you need in your recipe box. Made with simple pantry ingredients and frosted with a delicious chocolate frosting, it is truly the only recipe you will ever need for chocolate cake. Make it for America’s birthday this 4th of July!

pouring chocolate glaze over zucchini brownies

Zucchini Brownies

Summer is here which means you absolutely need a recipe for the Best Zucchini Brownies! Get ready for chocolate zucchini bliss that’s soft, sweet, and topped with a chocolate-y glaze. 

top down view of chocolate ice cream scoops in a white bowl

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream is easier to make than you think and I’m going to show you how! This recipe is made with a simple no-cook chocolate base and yields a rich and decadent ice cream. It’s the perfect treat on a hot summer day.

vanilla ice cream cone with two scoops

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Creamy, sweet, and completely homemade, this is my favorite Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe! It’s a bare bones, super simple recipe that gives you the creamiest, silkiest vanilla ice cream ever. With only five main ingredients, you too can be an ice cream churning pro! Homemade ice cream elevates every dessert you serve this with.

mini cherry pie

Old-Fashioned Mini Cherry Pie

This Mini Cherry Pie is the perfect dessert for bringing to any party and have just the right amount of tart, sweet, juicy, and flakey!

Triple Berry Layered Lemon Cream Cake

Triple Berry Layered Lemon Cream Cake

This easy-to-make Lemon Cream Cake is a light and delicious summer treat. Layered with fresh ripe strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries! Such a patriotic colored dessert!

Pina Colada Cookies

Pina Colada Cookies with Rum Glaze

Pina Colada Cookies with Rum Glaze is an easy recipe that creates tropical, soft, and chewy cookies. Perfect for the weekend or just for pretending you’re somewhere tropical.

Key Lime Pie Sheet Cake

Key Lime Sheet Cake

Sweet, creamy, and tangy, Key Lime Sheet Cake is perfect for family reunions or a summer BBQ. It easily feeds and satisfies a crowd!

peaches and cream pie

Peaches and Cream Pie

Fresh ripe peaches make this Peaches and Cream Pie refreshing and delicious. And a pre-made crust makes it easy! Peaches and Cream Pie makes a for a perfect summer dessert to bring to your next potluck dinner or get-together.

Powdered sugar-dusted lemon crinkle cookies on a plate.

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

These award-winning cookies will make you a cookie addict. Lemon Crinkle Cookies are chewy, soft, and bursting with hints of lemon in every bite! Perfect to celebrate America’s birthday!

Lemon Cream Pie with Fresh Raspberries

Lemon Cream Pie

This Lemon Cream Pie topped with fresh raspberries is the perfect summer treat! It may just be the zingiest, lemoniest pie ever, SO GOOD!

browned butter chocolate chip cookies

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you like chocolate chip cookies, you will die over these salty Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. They’re soft, chewy, and delicious! Great for a pool side snack!

pistachio lemon roll cake slices on a plate

Pistachio Lemon Roll Cake

Pistachio Lemon Roll Cake is a made from scratch lemon sponge cake that is rolled and filled with lemon, cream cheese, and pistachio mixture and then covered in cream. It’s perfection for summer parties!

lemon cream puff on a white plate dusted with powdered sugar

Lemon Cream Puffs

Lemon Cream Puffs are the zingy, summery, and creamy version of the original! Stuffed with an easy lemon cream filling. SO delicious!

Chocolate Pie

Ultimate Double Chocolate Pie

This Ultimate Double Chocolate Pie is fudge in an Oreo shell – super chocolaty, rich, decadent, and SO yummy. Unapologetically addicting and one you must have at your 4th of July dessert table!

Chocolate Dirt Pie

This Chocolate Dirt Pie is made with thick pie crust, an easy homemade chocolate pudding center, and lots of crushed OREOS on top! So fun for a summer birthday! Gummy worms optional!

Red Velvet Nanaimo Bars

Red Velvet Nanaimo Bars

Red Velvet Nanaimo Bars are three layers of rich, creamy goodness, and best of all this dessert is no-bake! With all the flash of Red Velvet Cake and all the charm of original Nanaimo Bars, these will be the perfect “red” on your red, white and blue table!

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