Stars, Stripes and Everything Nice: 4th of July Treats

Show your patriotism with red, white and blue 4th of July Desserts, each a perfect ending to your celebratory cookout.

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If the fireworks are sounding off and you’re more concerned with where your next hot dog is coming from, then let’s not kid ourselves. For a lot of us, some things are best celebrated by way of our stomachs. Since a red, white and blue burger wouldn’t be nearly as cool, siphon your patriotism into tricolored 4th of July desserts, each a perfect ending to your celebratory cookout. There will be no denying — especially if you’re the type to don a red, white and blue getup at the barbecue, which nation you’re celebrating with these tricolored treats.

Showing some national pride sometimes just requires a bit of assembly. Food Network Magazine arranges mini tarts in flag form for its Fruit-Tart Flag, getting red from halved strawberries, blue from blueberries and all the white from homemade mascarpone cream.

Lined with fresh cream cheese icing and studded with raspberries and blueberries, Ina Garten’s classic Flag Cake is 4th of July party gold. With this step-by-step how-to, it’s ultra-easy to make.

Mash red velvet cupcakes into crumbs to create a crust for Food Network Magazine’s Red Velvet-Blueberry Ice Cream Pie, which comes with layers of vanilla ice cream, blueberry sorbet and whipped cream.

Spread homemade pastry cream over Food Network Magazine’s Star-Studded Berry Tarts before giving each the patriotic treatment of blue and red berries and a dusting of powdered sugar.

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Photo by: Ralph Smith

Ralph Smith

Don’t even think about slicing Food Network Magazine’s Ice Cream Flag Cake without an audience. Each slice features a red, white and blue flag made of cake and ice cream.

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Brian Kennedy , 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

With a sweet, fruity filling and a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, Sandra Lee’s Red, White and Blue Cherry Pies are true symbols of America. Make sure to serve yours fresh from the oven to let the hot play off the cold.

Loaded with berries, cream and angel food cake, this Red, White and Blueberry Trifle is an outdoor-buffet dream. Set it on your 4th of July table and let guests take scoops at their leisure.

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