Desserts are the literal cherry on top of any Fourth of July celebration. If you’re going to have grilled meats and side dishes galore, why wouldn’t you go the distance and throw in a few dessert options at your party, too?
Now, you could go the easy route, pick up some vanilla ice cream from the store and some red, white and blue sprinkles and call it a day, but what fun is that? And, no, you don’t have to be this master baker to pull off whipping up something tasty at home. Homemade desserts can be as easy as mixing a few ingredients, letting the dish sit in the fridge for a few hours and — voilà! — you’re done.
To prove it to you, we’ve rounded up 15 easy, delicious Fourth of July dessert recipes — from no-bake cheesecakes to patriotic cake rolls and Rice Krispies treats.
Ready, set, bake!
A version of this article was originally published in June 2017.
4th of July Cake Roll
The second you cut into this cake roll, revealing the inside, your guests will ooh and aah.
Red, White & Blue Cherry Cheesecake Macarons
Guests will love the sweet almond, cream cheese and summer cherries flavor combo of these macarons.
No-Bake Patriotic Marshmallow Cheesecake
The best kind of cheesecake? No-bake cheesecake!
4th of July Ice Cream Cones
What's more American than red, white and blue ice cream cones with a cherry on top?
These oversized marshmallows are dipped in chocolate and rolled in crushed graham crackers.
Red, White & Blue Frozen Bananas
Healthier than a straight-up cake but still sweet enough to serve, these patriotic bananas should be a hit.
Red, White & Blue Cupcakes
Once you've whipped up a batch of these patriotic cupcakes, top them all off with sparkler candles.
Patriotic Rice Krispies
Running low on time? Buy premade treats and just dip them in the candy melts. Easy!
Red, White & Blue Bars
You can never go wrong with red velvet bars.
Red, White & Blue Bark
Do you notice a theme? This bark is a no-bake dessert, too.
Red, White & Blue No-Churn Ice Cream
Skip store-bought! This homemade ice cream is so easy, it doesn’t even require an ice cream machine.
Patriotic Cookie Cake
This patriotic cookie cake has all the candy you'll need this Fourth of July: Kit-Kats, M&Ms, sprinkles and plenty of frosting.
Stars & Stripes Sugar Cookie Bars
With plenty of sweet buttercream and that pretty design, these sugar cookie bars will be gone the second you put the plate down.
No-Bake Summer Berry Icebox Cake
Fresh fruit, all the Cool Whip, vanilla instant pudding, cream cheese, graham crackers and white chocolate chips: This no-bake cake has everything.
Mini Shortcake Cups
If you're looking for a lighter, more refreshing dessert, this angel food cake topped with fresh fruit and whipped cream will do the trick.
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