Fourth of July dessert recipes
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Red, White, and Blue Desserts That Are Perfect for Your July Fourth Bash

Barbecues, spending time with friends and family, and warm nights lit up by fireworks – there’s no holiday more synonymous with summer than Fourth of July. And, of course, who could forget the themed treats!?

Planning a Fourth of July bash of your own? Luckily, the internet is chock full of adorable Fourth of July recipes for you to try. Scroll down for our picks of fun, creative, and best of all easy Fourth of July desserts.

Ice Cream and Frozen Treats

There’s nothing better on a hot summer day than a frozen treat!

1. Red, White, and Blue Ice Cream Sandwiches

Whether you’re not the most confident baker or you just need a quick, easy Fourth of July dessert recipe to balance out all the grilling and potato salad making, these ice cream sandwich treats are the perfect choice.

What You Need

  • Your favorite store-bought ice cream sandwiches
  • Red, white, and blue sprinkles (star shapes add a fun twist!)
  • Popsicle sticks, if desired
  • Wax paper or parchment paper for your work surface

All you have to do is decorate the outsides of the ice cream sandwiches. First lay out your wax paper or parchment paper. Then, spread a good dose of sprinkles over the surface. One by one, lay the ice cream sandwiches on their sides and gently press until the sprinkles stick, then keep rotating them until all sides are covered. Eat them by hand or serve them on sticks!

2. Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

This easy Fourth of July dessert puts a unique twist on the classic ice cream cone. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to get the kids in the kitchen and practice their baking skills! What makes it unique is that the cupcake is baked inside the ice cream cone, providing a sweet, solid layer to protect the ice cream from melting through.


  • 1 box Cake Mix + Box Ingredients
  • 24 Cake Ice Cream Cones
  • 24 Maraschino Cherries
  • Sprinkles
  • 1 cup softened Butter
  • 3 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

Get the rest of the recipe at Our Family of Seven blog!

3. Strawberry Blueberry Yogurt Pops

We love this healthy twist on a classic summer treat: popsicles! These strawberry blueberry yogurt pops are the perfect way to cool down in the summer heat, and even pack some nutrition into a very indulgent holiday!

What You Need

  • Fresh strawberries
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Vanilla yogurt
  • Mini paper cups
  • Popsicle sticks

Get the full details on this super easy Fourth of July dessert from Wine and Glue.

Dessert ideas for independence day

Pies, Cakes, and Cookies

These classic baked goods use frosting, food coloring, sprinkles, and candy to amp up your favorite treats’ patriotism.

4. Berry Cream Tartlets

For fruit-lovers, these tartlets offer a super fresh sweetness for this summer holiday. Don’t be intimidated by the fancy name, either! These red, white, and blue tartlets can easily be made with pre-made crusts.



  • 3/4 c. (11/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 1/3 c. all-purpose flour

Pastry Cream

  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 3/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 6 tbsp. cake flour (not self-rising)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 1/4 c. whole milk
  • 1 vanilla bean, split
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 1/2 c. sliced almonds, toasted


  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Small mint leaves
  • Edible chamomile flowers
  • Confectioners’ sugar

Follow the steps in the recipe from Good Housekeeping and enjoy a deliciously refreshing summer treat!

5. Fourth of July Bark

We absolutely love this super sweet, super colorful and easy Fourth of July dessert. Plus, we can’t get enough of recipes that feature candy! These white chocolate brittle-like pieces make for another fun, creative project the kids will love.

What You Need

  • 1 pound white melting chocolate white chocolate chips or almond bark.
  • 1/2 pound red candy melts
  • 1/2 pound blue candy melts
  • Various red white and blue candies and sprinkles

Get the recipe from Life with the Crust Cut Off.

6. Patriotic Whoopie Pies

It doesn’t get any more hassle-free than this super easy Fourth of July dessert recipe for red, white, and blue Whoopie Pies. With just a few ingredients, you can be enjoying them in just twenty minutes! These make for a great potluck recipe for all you busy moms and worker bees.


  • 1 white cake mix
  • 1 stick of butter (1/2 C)
  • 1 egg
  • Red, white and blue sprinkles
  • Frosting (and food coloring to color it)

Follow the steps for these tasty treats on Fun Squared.

7. Layered Flag Cake

It wouldn’t be Fourth of July without an American flag cake! If you’re an adventurous baker, you’ll love the challenge of getting the colors and layering of this artsy cake just right. If you’re successful, each slice will display a perfect picture of the American flag. Perfect for the quintessential patriotic summer holiday!

What You Need

  • 1 ½ cups unsalted butter (3 sticks), room temperature
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 2-3 tablespoons strawberry puree
  • 2-3 tablespoons blueberry puree
  • A few drops of red and blue gel food coloring.
  • 3 ½ sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Mixes and Bites

These fun Fourth of July desserts are perfect to pass around at potlucks and parties.

8. Fourth of July Snack Mix

Love to plunge your hand into a sweet, salty snack mix? Then you’ll love this super easy Fourth of July dessert featuring cereal, popcorn, pretzels, and lots of red, white, and blue candy. The best part about this snack mix is you can really get creative with the ingredients, including whatever you like best.


  • Mini pretzels
  • Popcorn (air-popped)
  • Cereal (chex, cheerios, or your choice)
  • Peanuts (or a nut of your choice)
  • M&Ms or other candies
  • Sprinkles
  • White chocolate or white candy melts

Get the details at Glorious Treats!

9. Red, White, and Blue “Buzzed” Strawberry Bites

This grownup dessert isn’t just super easy, it’s also tasty and refreshing! All you have to do is soak the berries, then have fun dipping them in frosting and sprinkles. Plus, it’s super easy to make these kid-friendly by skipping the rum.

What You Need

  • 1 pound fresh strawberries
  • 2 cups light rum
  • 1 cup melted white chips (or white chocolate)
  • 1/2 cup blue sugar sprinkles

Get the full recipe at Frosting and a Smile!

Live Sweetly Every Day of the Year

Need more inspiration for themed and candy-tastic treats? Check out Candy Club’s official blog for recipes you and your family will love.