July 4th is fast approaching – can you believe the holiday is less than two weeks away? And besides shamelessly indulging in a bomb-pop or two, the best part is always the 4th of July desserts. Backyard grill, spritz cocktails by the pool and longer days with the family mean many opportunities to create the fun menus for guests that do not limit you to the kitchen. Enter: easy 4th of July desserts that take the stress out of hosting and present your guests with delicious, simple recipes that are guaranteed to impress.
While some of these 4th of July desserts have their touch of red, white and blue, each of these choices can be easily made throughout the summer. With a variety of healthy desserts for super sweet and indulgent treats, we have something on this list that is fun for everyone. Cheers for making your 4th of July weekend extra special and sweet, no matter how you celebrate it. Wherever the holiday takes you, do not forget the dessert!
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Why we love it: Lemon + cardamom = floral, warm, spicy and perfectly equipped taste to offset the creamy dairy element of these bars. They are crammed with flavor and are ideal to enjoy after a 4th of July lunch or dinner.
Hero ingredient: The secret here? Grinding your own cardamom. And rub lemon peel into the sugar of the crust Before mix it with the other ingredients. It’s the little things that matter most in these delicious bars.
Why we love it: To me, banana pudding is one of the most classic 4th of July desserts. And this elevated version is vegan and gluten-free, allowing guests with dietary restrictions to join in the fun. The peanut butter pudding is layered with vanilla waffles, coconut cream and banana slices to create a creamy and delicious summer dessert.
Hero ingredient: Crushed peanuts introduce a crispy texture to every tasty bite.
Why we love it: Tighten up, because this recipe for strawberry cookies hits all sorts of highlights. Not only are they gluten free, but they are milk free, nut free (except coconut), egg free and also vegan. And they taste absolutely delicious, which of course is the key.
Hero ingredient: Milk-free coconut butter keeps things moist and gives a great texture to these shortcakes.
Why we love it: As if summer grilling could be better, throwing stone fruit on these grates leads to the most magical dessert ever. Not to mention the easiest. To complement your fruit, all you need is a little olive oil, honey, rosemary and flake salt to create a sweet, smoky, charred, flavorful dessert that everyone will enjoy. Plus a few scoops off vanilla issprinkle honey and crumble of amaretti cookies for serving.
Hero ingredient: A good char on the fruit is the key. You can not beat the contrast between bitter charcoal and sweet fruit.
Why we love it: When it’s too hot to turn on the oven, this dessert is your solution. A crust without baking made from graham cracker crumbs, almonds and coconut oil sets the tone for the creamy lime filling. The secret here? Avocado. Since this recipe is vegan and gluten-free, avocado gives the buttery texture instead of sweetened condensed milk, which means everything is a little lighter too. Easy, healthy and delicious.
Hero ingredient: If you have whipped coconut cream left over, eat it on berries, in your morning coffee or by a spoonful. It’s so good.
Why we love it: A crisp is an easy unifying dessert because it is a favorite among the audience and requires a little effort. This one uses strawberries, maple syrup, bourbon and vanilla to create the most delicious filling with an even better topping. Crispy oats, caramelized maple syrup and a brown brown / cinnamon profile. It’s just plain well.
Hero ingredient: An extra blob of butter and dripping maple syrup towards the end of baking makes the topping extra crispy. Caramelization is the key!
Why we love it: If you are in the mood for something more practical, this layer cake is for you. It is almost soothing to put this cake together one piece at a time. Cake, cream, berries, repeat – a simple enough method to give you some space to relax. Impressive and stress-free: What more could we want?
Hero ingredient: Well, this is more of a hero method. The cake recipe serves as a customizable template for layered cakes. Although this variation is perfect for July 4th, you can customize this recipe to make all sorts of different versions. Black Forest cake, strawberry cake, the list goes on …
Why we love it: Take a trip down memory lane with these kitchen sink-like cookies. To me, there is nothing that screams childhood happiness like marshmallows, cornflakes and chocolate chips. And when they are all gathered in cookie form? Invincible. These essentially represent the marriage between a perfect chocolate cake and more. Serve these hot on July 4th for sticky, marshmallow-like, completely indulgent goodness.
Hero ingredient: Tasty cornflakes not only bring crunch, but they balance the taste of the cookie and prevent it from being too sweet.
Why we love it: Mascarpone, heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and salt are all you need to form the basis of this sweet treat. Once you have the creamy bottom down, swirl your fresh jam in, freeze and enjoy!
Hero ingredient: Here’s the kicker: You can make this ice cream with any summer fruit you have on hand. peaches? Yes. Cherry? Absolutely. Strawberry? Sounds divine. Do it the way you like it.
Why we love it: Although I’m not quite on the popsicle train, these sound too good to resist. If you are the proud owner of an ice lolly mold, I highly recommend trying these coconut cream ice lollies. They use only a few simple ingredients to create a cold, not too sweet treat that is perfect for summer.
Hero ingredient: A little pineapple juice gives you all the piña colada vibes. Tropical, rethought.
Why we love it: Nothing screams summer like a sour lemon bar. It checks the boxes for brightness, lightness, coolness and everything else that is to love at our favorite time of year in hot weather. In addition, lemon sticks are the perfect make-ahead dessert and are an easy option for your gathering on July 4th. Just be sure to save that sugar sprinkle until the very last second.
Hero ingredient: A whole lemon peel in that crust means you get an outburst of flavor throughout the bar. Totally worth the extra elbow fat.
Why we love it: This simple meringue cake with rhubarb compote is as delicious as it is festive. You can cook the rhubarb compote two days in advance if desired, but be sure to gather the cake day for maximum freshness. If you want the full red, white and blue effect, sprinkle some fresh blueberries or blackberries over each slice and enjoy!
Hero ingredient: Sliced almonds in the cake give it all a nice texture.
This entry was originally posted on June 30, 2020 and has been updated since.