50 Smashing Red, White, and Blue Desserts
Show off your colorful spirit this Fourth of July by cooking with red, white, and blue ingredients to create festive recipes. Many of summer's most delicious offerings — strawberries, vanilla ice cream, and blueberries — fit the color scheme, so don't be afraid to get creative! Whether you like cakes, popsicles, fancy floats, or something unique, there are so many tasty sweets to inspire your next celebration. So what're you waiting for? Create a dazzling dessert with the red, white, and blue ideas ahead!
— Additional reporting by Haley Lyndes and Susannah Chen
No-Bake Eaton Mess Berry Cheesecake
The crust on this cheesecake is one worth noting. It's made of graham crackers, salted butter, and a touch of white chocolate, and it's a match made in heaven with its creamy cheesecake filling.
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Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
This red, white, and blue treat only requires a few simple ingredients: white chocolate, food coloring, creamy peanut butter, unsalted butter, and confectioners' sugar.
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Ice Cream Cake
Even if you're just entertaining yourself, you'll want to make this ice cream cake recipe. The steps to making this are simple, and the result is a creamy, delicious, and showstopping dessert that you'll want to take a picture of.
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Red, White, and Blue Pretzels
These three-step pretzels are hard to resist. Coated in white chocolate and sprinkled with colorful red, white, and blue designs, they're perfect for a summertime celebration.
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Red, White, and Blue Sugar Cookies
If you love a good sugar cookie, these colorful ones will do the trick. All you need is food coloring to obtain this fun look.
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Flag Cake With Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
Regular cakes can be a bit boring, don't you think? Instead, opt for something sweet, fresh, and delicious with this buttermilk lemon cake with lemon cream cheese frosting and berries to top it off!
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Blackberry Buttermilk Ice Cream
This vanilla blackberry recipe will result in the prettiest ice cream in your freezer and a huge hit among friends and family.
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Sangria Berry Crumble
You can't let a delicious treat like this sit for too long; just look at it! The berries are soaked in sangria, so they're extra plump and tasteful. And don't even get us started on the cinnamon sugar crumble.
Get the recipe: sangria-inspired berry crumble
Raspberry Fool With Honey Butter Croissants
If you want a quick and easy dessert, these raspberry fools are the way to go. Just mash up fruits (any combination works!) and add cream. It's really that simple. If you want to go the extra mile, the honey butter croissants are the perfect touch.
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Lemon Soufflés With Raspberry Coulis
These airy and light pastries drizzled with tangy raspberry coulis make the perfect dessert, and the sauce only takes five minutes to make!
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Cotton Candy Fudge
We know, we know, fudge is typically a pain in the rear to make. However, this cotton candy take is different! Made with only four ingredients, it's as simple as condensed milk, chocolate chips, cotton candy flavor mix, and cotton candy.
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Tart Cherry Pie
Don't worry, you can make this tart cherry pie year-round if you wish. If tart cherries are unavailable, simply substitute some frozen or jarred cherries instead. They'll still pack the punch that you're looking for, especially paired with its flaky and buttery crust.
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Bake up a spontaneous treat with this delicious crumble. Rhubarb, strawberries, oats, and cream come together to make a mouthwatering red and white dessert.
Get the recipe: strawberry-rhubarb crumble with cardamom cream
No-Churn Blueberry Ice Cream
This creamy blueberry ice cream can be whipped up in minutes, and you don't even need an ice cream maker.
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Eton Mess With Berries
This summery Eton mess is layered with crunchy meringue, whipped cream, and tart raspberry sauce for a delicious result.
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Plum Crisp With Pistachio, Almond, and Oat Topping
Between the honey-sweetened plums and the gluten-free oat and almond topping, you can't beat this crisp treat.
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The peaches and berries inside this cobbler will have you drooling, especially when paired with the sugar-crusted biscuits. Don't let this meal pass you by; it makes even better leftovers the following day.
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American Flag Fruit Skewers
As pretty as flag cakes are, they can take some serious effort. Instead, this skewer version's prep takes no time at all, and the result is stunning.
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No-Bake Watermelon Cake
Who wants to bake on a hot summer day? No one, that's who. Instead, try this no-bake watermelon cake. All you need are watermelon, whipped cream, slivered almonds, and berries for a tasty and easy dessert.
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This is an easy one to throw together for an at-home celebration. Strawberries, a sheet of puff pastry, and whipped cream are all you need for a mouthwatering treat.
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Classic Red Velvet Layer Cake
It's all in the frosting when it comes to this red velvet layer cake. The ermine icing (aka boiled frosting) is a cross between buttercream and whipped cream frosting and is finger-linking good.
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Grilled Pizza With Strawberries and Chocolate
This may be the best summer dessert to ever exist. Throw your pizza pie on the grill, let chocolate chips melt on top, then add strawberries and vanilla ice cream for a topping. Your guests will gobble it up in no time.
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Strawberry Coconut Popsicles With Blueberries
Strawberries, coconut milk, and blueberries work together to make this colorful treat a dream come true. Each popsicle averages out to about 110 calories, so indulge away!
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These super-Instagrammable red, white, and blue pretzel bites are both crunchy and sweet.
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Raspberry Swirl Frozen Yogurt
The best part about this frozen yogurt is that it pairs well with any fruit or berry, so feel free to experiment!
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Cherry Limeade Float
One of the best drinks to sip on warm afternoons is a cherry limeade, and you can also turn it into a float! This recipe is super easy and topped with lemon-lime soda.
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Fruity Chia Seed Coconut Popsicles
These fruit and coconut popsicles look pretty, and they're pretty good for you, too! Berries are always a healthy choice, and chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and antioxidants.
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This isn't your classic strawberry shortcake, but rather, a more refined version. This special take involves sweet biscuits, kirsch-and-orange-zest-enlivened macerated strawberries, as well as vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.
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Lavender Earl Grey Blackberry Ice Cream Float
In this recipe, Earl Grey tea is combined with blackberries and lavender to make a puree that's mixed with sparkling water. Vanilla ice cream is added to create the float, which has lots of summer flavors and a beautiful color.
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Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake
Made with cashews, coconut, and dates, this vegan cheesecake has all the best flavors without being heavy. Fresh berries and cold whipped cream will make this taste like a dream come true.
Get the recipe: vegan strawberry cheesecake
Blueberry London Fog Popsicles
Dreamy, creamy, and a fan favorite, these blueberry London fog popsicles combine the rich flavor of vanilla bean with Earl Grey tea and sweet honey to make a pop like no other. Not to mention, the blueberries add a fruity twist that'll make you drool before you even open the freezer.
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A delicate flag cake seems like a pretty good way to celebrate some time off. Don't you think?!
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Ice Cream Cake
There's nothing better than a red, white, and blue ice cream cake on a warm summer day!
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Strawberry Coconut Milk Popsicles
You can almost taste the rich strawberries and creamy coconut milk by just looking at these pops, right? Just add a dash of vanilla extract and honey to the mix, and you'll be treating yourself to one of these strawberry coconut milk popsicles every time you pass the freezer.
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Strawberry Shortcake For One
Baking a cake can feel like a lot of work (and temptation) if you're on your own, and this personalized shortcake is just the answer. It layers a light, low-carb cake with fresh strawberries and a healthy scoop of yogurt.
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No-Bake Strawberry Cream Pie
Rich strawberry pudding, cream cheese, and whipped cream work together to make this light and fluffy strawberry pie. Are you drooling yet?
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Frozen Yogurt Fruit Bites
Freeze yogurt and fruit together to make these delectable bites.
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Roasted Strawberry Thyme Panna Cotta
Gelatin and cream set to create these creamy strawberry panna cotta cups.
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Red Velvet Cake
With a rich cream cheese frosting, there's no denying the deliciousness of red velvet cake. Whether it's for a birthday, graduation, or just an after-dinner dessert, you can make this droolworthy cake any night of the week.
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Classic, timeless, and always a treat, it doesn't get any better than strawberry popsicles. All you need to complete this recipe are sliced strawberries, a dash of sugar, and a hint of lemon juice.
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Strawberry Banana Creams
With only four ingredients needed to make these strawberry poppers, you're likely to feast on this dessert all summer long.
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Red, White, and Blue Fruit Platter
Go the healthy route with a stunning red, white, and blue fruit platter that tastes delicious and feels light.
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Frozen Yogurt Cupcakes
On those especially hot days, you'll love these frozen yogurt cupcakes. At only 30 calories a pop and made with fresh fruit, these treats are a much healthier alternative to ice cream.
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A colorful red, white, and blue flag cake is the quintessential summertime treat. All you need is a cake knife, and ta-da! Dessert is served.
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Cherry Blueberry Shortcakes
Don't these cherry blueberry shortcakes look delicious?! We love how adding blueberries gives it a fresh touch.
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Starry Fruit Tart
Cut out stars from the pie's crust to make this starry fruit tart extra festive.
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Individual Berry Trifles
These eye-catching individual berry trifles are the perfect finish to your holiday BBQ.
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Colorful Push Pops
A new twist on an old favorite, these push pops feature sweet layers of red and blue frosting.
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Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes
Swapping out ice cream with a frosted cupcake is the best way to prevent a melting cone on a hot day.
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