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Bring flavor and excitement to your annual Independence Day celebration with these festive 4th of July desserts. Liven up your feast with classic American desserts like blueberry cobbler, whoopie pies and strawberry shortcake.
Those seeking relief from the hot summer sun can cool off with homemade ice cream and even a luscious Mississippi mud pie. You'll find these and other gourmet 4th of July desserts below:
Blueberry Cobbler with Ice Cream
There's no denying the allure of a crunchy blueberry cobbler served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Garnish with a few sliced strawberries and you've got yourself the perfect red, white and blue dessert for 4th of July.
Spark everybody's appetite with these festive star-shaped shortbread cookies. These melt-in-your-mouth buttery cookies get a pleasant tang from dried cranberries are a great dipped into a glass of milk.
Celebrate the sweet land of liberty with this heavenly three-layer strawberry shortcake. Strawberries alone are great but you could make it more patriotic by including blueberries or blackberries. Or you could go all out and decorate this irresistible cake with a small American flag.
Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches
Black and white cookies are filled with vanilla ice cream for the perfect cool treat. You can roll these ice cream sandwiches over nuts, sprinkles or chopped candies.
Panna Cotta Two Ways
If you are looking for a gourmet 4th of July dessert you can't go wrong by making this seductive panna cotta ice cream.
It is made just like a classic panna cotta except that it gets frozen instead of refrigerated. The result is a lush vanilla-speckled treat you can garnish with mixed berries.
Alternatively, you could make a regular panna cotta jazzed up with blueberry compote. The berry sauce gets depth of flavor from a surprising ingredient: bay leaves.
All-American Whoopie Pies
Popular in Maine, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania (all of which lay claim to its origins), whoopie pies are an all-American dessert that's perfect for a 4th of July celebration.
For a classic whoopie pie, we recommend this chocolate version which you could easily decorate with red, white and blue candies.
Alternatively, enjoy a Southern take by making these delectable red velvet whoopie pies with a rich meringue-like filling. Or make both!
Easy Mississippi Mud Pie
It may not be red, white and blue but Mississippi mud pie is a great summer treat to enjoy at your 4th of July cookout. This decadent version calls for a chocolate cookie crust covered in coffee ice cream and topped with almonds and chocolate sauce. Yum!