Fourth of July Desserts

Don’t be fooled into thinking you can’t put together a beautiful dessert table when the weather is hot. Summer days call for cool treats, but also anything with fresh berries. Here are some of my favorite red, white and/or blue 4th of July desserts.

4th of July Baked Alaska, one of Zoë François's favorite 4th of July desserts.

4th Of July Desserts

This Baked Alaska recipe is a given on the Fourth of July with its beautiful red, white and blue color scheme. While the recipe requires some planning with the different flavors of ice cream, the results are worth it in style, flavor and for a cold treat on a hot day.
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The blueberries on top of this cheesecake are gorgeous, but the real beauty of this dessert is the blueberry swirl. Sweet, tart blueberries represent summer, making them perfect for the holiday of summer.
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Classic, white cake, with a big messy pile of perfect strawberries resting on passion fruit buttercream. This cake is super easy to put together, but looks like sunshine and happiness, so no one will care that you didn't have to work that hard.
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This is really a rustic blueberry pie, made without a tin and given a more romantic name. It’s simple, delicious, easy and contains little more than plump, sweet-tart blueberries. A galette need not be complicated, you can use fresh and/or frozen blueberries.
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Raspberry Cheesecake Bars | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François
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The hidden secret of bars is that they are rustic in their beauty, and magnificent in flavor. These are best with fresh raspberries, but frozen will do. The red and white look is perfect on a 4th of July desserts tray.
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Don't for a second think that tender, flaky biscuits are too heavy for a summer dessert. This blueberry cobbler says "comfort food," and you can serve it with a big ol' scoop of ice cream for that summer feeling.
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Don't be fooled by the British heritage of this strawberry dessert. It's light and fresh and the bright red berries are as summery as it gets. A little lemon curd adds brightness to the recipe.
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Rhubarb pops in early summer in Minnesota, so it can be hard not to use it all before the Fourth. But if you have some left, this rhubarb berry crumble is a perfect summer dessert that just has to be served with a scoop of ice cream.
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The red, white and blue look of these dacquoise cake layers makes this a recipe you can't overlook for the 4th Of July. It's an elegant dessert that will impress at a party, but is easy to make.
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I have to end with a classic American dessert for the ultimate American holiday. I wouldn't even fault you for making an apple pie on the Fourth, but blueberry is the way to go in my mind. Nothing looks better on a picnic table than a beautiful lattice-topped pie.
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  1. thank you for all of these, I’m tempted to even try the Almond Dacquoise Cake! Love the galette especially, its such a perfect way to feature blueberries, but really I could make and eat any one of these on the 4th

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