4th of July Desserts

Here, a guide to all-American desserts like classic fruit pies, fudgy brownies and fun homemade ice cream sandwiches, as well as essential summer treats including s’mores and refreshing ice pops. Plus, fantastic portable picnic desserts.

Festive 4th of July Dessert Recipes

  • Nectarine Buttermilk Pops

    F&W’s test kitchen pro Grace Parisi developed these fun and easy pops, which star tart nectarine puree and cool-tangy buttermilk. She also likes to add a touch of ginger liqueur.

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    Nectarine Buttermilk Pops 4th of July Dessert
  • Puff Pastry Apple Pie

    Since puff pastry can be tricky to prepare, this incredible pie uses a high-quality, store-bought puff pastry.

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    Puff Pastry Apple Pie 4th of July Dessert
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Bars

    Break-and-bake cookies are the secret to these ice cream sandwich bars. Simply roll out all the dough to create one giant cookie, then bake, slice and layer it with store-bought ice cream and hot fudge sauce.

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    Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Bar 4th of July Dessert
  • Blueberry-Lemon Parfaits

    Laurent Tourondel set out to use this lemon cream and blueberry compote for a Fourth of July pie, but decided that he preferred the look and lightness of the fillings layered in parfait glasses.

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    Blueberry-Lemon Parfait 4th of July Dessert
  • Grilled Lemon Pound Cake with Peaches and Cream

    Chef Bryan Calvert grills his supermoist lemon pound cake until crisp and toasty, then tops it with warm, tender grilled peaches and whipped cream.

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    Grilled Lemon Pound Cake with Peaches and Cream 4th of July Dessert
DIY Dessert

Best Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

Homemade ice cream can be classic, inventive or supereasy. Here are F&W’s best recipes.

Ultimate Guide

Summer Desserts

Luscious fruit pies, classic ice cream, fresh fruit and indulgent chilled chocolate. These summer desserts are the perfect finale to any 4th of July gathering.