9 Red, White, and Blue Desserts for July Fourth


Celebrate the 4th of July with one of these patriotic red, white, and blue desserts. They’re all easy to make and we’ve included everything from fruit pies to ice cream to satisfy everyone at your gathering.

A red, white, and blue tart with a graham cracker crust, cream cheese filling, and raspberries, blueberries, and blackberry on top

This red, white, and blue tart is an easy dessert made with a graham cracker crust, cheesecake filling, and a berry topping. It’s a perfect 4th of July dessert.


A slab of red wine cherry cheesecake bars cut into squares.

These red wine cherry cheesecake bars are made with a graham cracker crust, cheesecake filling, and boozy cherry swirl. Sorta like your fave diner dessert but with a little sass and sophistication tossed in for good measure. You’re welcome.


A raspberry crostata--a rustic tart with the crust folded over a filling of raspberries--on a sheet of parchment

This raspberry crostata is made with fresh raspberries and an easy peasy pie crust that’s folded over the fruit. Simple, rustic, and fast. The perfect dessert when it’s just the two of you.


A brown container with three scoops of blueberry ice cream, in the back a stack of containers

This homemade blueberry ice cream, made with antioxidant-rich blueberries, cream, milk, and sugar, is a great spring and summer dessert. Lemon juice and zest, plus optional honey liqueur, balance the flavor.


Frozen gin and tonic granita.

This easy granita is like a perfect gin and tonic, in the form of a frozen dessert.


A pavlova with fresh berries on a wooden table outside.

Australia’s favorite dessert was named after ballerina Anna Pavlova by a chef who wanted to create something “as light and ethereal as the dancer herself.” He achieved it with this meringue crust topped with whipped cream and an assortment of fresh berries.


A whole sweet cherry pie with a lattice crust on a baking sheet on a wood table.

For some people—er, me—apple pie is a favorite. For others, it’s unquestionably cherry that rocks their world. I get asked every weekend at the Pitchfork Pie Stand if I have cherry pie. My response is a quick one: “Who’s going to pit all those cherries?!” But cherry pie is bred deeply in the American DNA, and for that, and its bright and cheery appearance, there is a place for it when offering gifts of healing to others.


Two-thirds of a blueberry custard pie in a pie plate, with 2 dessert plates with a slice of pie on them, one with a fork and a bite missing.

This easy blueberry custard pie combines a creamy, custardy filling with ripe, juicy blueberries. The sweet filling is baked in a pie crust and you can even swap in a store-bought one if you’d like.


A little girl eating a strawberry ice pop.

These strawberry ice pops, or paletas de fresa, are easy dairy-free Mexican treats made with a few simple ingredients, including fresh strawberries, sugar, lemon juice, and water.


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