July 4th dessert recipes that are red, white, and blue

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Summer products are flooded with bright colors. That means you’re in luck if you’re hoping to bring a celebratory red, white, and/or blue dessert to your July 4th gathering.

In many of these desserts, the fruit is interchangeable. Mix and match or substitute berries to get the color combination you want. And now to the recipes from our archive.

Flag Cheesecake Bars, at the top. My holiday-themed recipe features a no-bake cheesecake filling on top of a chocolate wafer crust. Decorate with any berries in any pattern.

Rocket pops. This twist on the popular ice cream truck treat features a creamy custard center topped with a blueberry compote and raspberry smash. For a wet take, check out Bomb Pops by Todd Thrasherwhich contain vodka, tequila and rum in the different layers.

Buttermilk sheet cake with peaches and blueberries. This recipe pairs well with any berry or stone fruit, so consider blueberries and raspberries, cherries, or strawberries for blue and red. Similar, cherrycake can be adapted for other types of fruit.

Raspberry and white chocolate fool. A few artfully placed blueberries in addition to the fresh raspberries round out the Independence Day color palette in this no-bake dessert made with a mix of melted white chocolate and whipped cream.

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Strawberry Pretzel Salad. My colleague Aaron Hutcherson’s version of the nostalgic salty-sweet dessert would only need a few blueberries in the topping to cover the red, white, and blue.

Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. Red velvet has red and white down, no problem. Could you garnish the top with some fresh blueberries or blue sprinkles? Absolutely.

Red velvet cake is “the color of joy”. That’s how it rose up America’s dessert canon.

Dorie Greenspan’s summer sundae with raspberry ice cream. Even if you’re not making the ice cream from scratch, you can still get the effect with a store-bought berry flavor. Macerated berries, a sauce and whipped cream complete the picture.


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