These desserts are sure to get more oohs and ahhs than the fireworks.
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SURPRISE-INSIDE SPRINKLE LAYER CAKE
Amirah Kassem, founder of the ultra popular New York City bakery Flour Shop, put a patriotic twist on her famous “explosion” cakes for this festive dessert. Stacked high with red, white and blue cakes, and stuffed with sprinkles, it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser. Get the recipe HERE.
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HAND PIE ICE-CREAM SANDWICHES
“These star-spangled treats will be the hit of the holiday,” says chef Jamika Pessoa. Half pie and half ice cream sandwich, it’s easy to imagine why. Get the recipe HERE.
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FROZEN COCONUT DAIQUIRIS
Nothing says cool quite like these America-themed boozy beverages created by Beauty & Essex beverage director Megan Ardizoni. Each layer is made with a coconut simple syrup you’ll want to use again and again for all future cocktails. Get the recipe HERE.
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STRAWBERRY & BLUEBERRY CRUMBLE
Designer Jenni Kayne’s no-fuss recipe from her entertaining book Pacific Natural calls for fresh blueberries and strawberries — but you can use whatever combination of berries you have on hand. Get the recipe HERE.
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BROWNIE FLAG CAKE
Gaby Dalkin, author of What’s Gaby Cooking: Everyday California Food, calls this dessert “a total crowd-pleaser.” The key to making the white stripes and stars on top of her moist brownie cake is to roll some of the fruit in powdered sugar. Get the recipe HERE.
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TIE-DYE CHEESECAKE STARS
Buddy Valastro makes these cute confections by separating and dying the cheesecake batter red, white and blue and then swirling them together with a wooden skewer. If you don’t have a star-shaped cookie cutter, simply cut them into squares—they’ll still be beaming with pride. Get the recipe HERE.
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Take advantage of rhubarb season with this rustic, fail-proof tart from Sherry Yard. The James Beard Award-winning chef and COO of iPic Entertainment tops it with crushed amaretto cookies and vanilla ice cream. Get the recipe HERE.
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FROZEN MOJITO FRUIT POPS
Make these spiked treats from Top Chef star Adrienne Cheatham family-friendly by omitting the rum. Get the recipe HERE.
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FLAG COOKIE CAKE
Red, white and blueberries! Blogger Sally Quinn’s patriotic treat is the perfect combo of cookie, cake and healthy fruit. Get the recipe HERE.
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AMERICAN FLAG BUTTER CAKE
“Your guests will love the patriotic surprise inside when you start to slice,” says Carla Hall of her festive dessert. For easy assembly, The Chew cohost suggests baking each color in three seperate round cake pans and then slicing the white and red layers in half horizontally to make the “stripes.” Get the recipe HERE.
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RED, WHITE AND BLUE ITALIAN ICES
For a good-for-you spin on a summer favorite, Rocco DiSpirito uses stevia and fresh or frozen fruit like white peaches, blueberries and strawberries to create all-natural coloring that’s bursting with pride. Get the recipe HERE.
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TOFFEE POPCORN BALLS
Let your kids join in on the holiday fun by letting them decorate these popocorn balls with melted red and blue chocolates. Plus, who doesn’t love dessert on a stick? Get the recipe HERE.
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CHERRY BLUEBERRY PIE
The only thing better then a homemade berry pie on a hot summer day is one topped with cold whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Get the recipe HERE.
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SURPRISE-INSIDE FLAG CAKE
While we love a classic flag cake as much as any American, this seems like a good year to shake things up a bit, right? This recipe from Martha Stewart turns everything inside-out, literally. “I love the surprise of patriotic colors on the inside of the cake instead of the outside,” Stewart tells PEOPLE. Get the recipe HERE.
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BERRY ICE CUBES
Who amongst us hasn’t longed to chill our drinks and display our love of country at the same time? Now, all of your July 4th dreams can come true with this easy trick to get perfectly patriotic red, white and blue layers on your ice cubes. Get the recipe HERE.
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RED VELVET PANCAKES
Au Fudge’s fruit and coconut syrup make for a berry delicious way to start your morning. Get the recipe HERE.
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FUNFETTI FLAG CAKE
As Independence Day approaches and we eagerly anticipate colorful firework displays and backyard barbecues, why not celebrate with a red, white and blue sprinkle-covered confetti cake? This delicious lemon-almond cake, filled with fresh strawberries and blueberries and layered with cream cheese icing, is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Get the recipe HERE.
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STARS & STRIPES MILKSHAKE
This at-home version of those over-the-top Black Tap milkshakes is your official guide to the pursuit of happiness. Get the recipe HERE.
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Our PEOPLE Food Test Kitchen created these red, white and blue swirl doughnuts that are so easy you’ll feel bad about all the compliments you’ll get on them. They only take 15 minutes to make and you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry already. The key to saving time is to use store-bought doughnuts. But make sure you get the plain flavor—nothing with a glaze or toppings. Get the recipe HERE.
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BLUEBERRY & WHITE CHOCOLATE PIE POPS
It’s a party on a stick! Pastry chef Zac Young’s blueberry and white chocolate pops will make any gathering more festive. Get the recipe HERE.
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