Lifestyle Food The Best Red, White and Blue Recipes to Make for July 4th These desserts are sure to get more oohs and ahhs than the fireworks By People Staff Updated on June 29, 2022 02:18 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 29 Red, White & Blue Pinwheel Cookies Victor Protasio "Once you finish eating one, you're immediately going to want another!" consulting pastry chef at Old John's Diner in New York City Tanya Ngangan says about her soft, buttery and "hypnotic looking" cookies. "This recipe is good for home cooks because there aren't many ingredients, and you most likely already have most of them in your pantry," she says. "It's a blank canvas that is very versatile. For example, you can easily sub vanilla extract out for almond or lemon extract." Get the recipe HERE 02 of 29 Coconut & Blueberry Panna Cotta with Raspberry Granita Victor Protasio Chefs Angie Rito and Scott Tacinelli share what they call "the perfect summer dessert." "The rich, sweet, creamy Panna cotta and the refreshing, bright granita contrast each other very well in this recipe," add the husband-and-wife chefs of Don Angie restaurant in New York City and authors of the Italian American cookbook. Get the recipe HERE 03 of 29 Berry Trifle with Whipped Mascarpone Cream Victor Protasio This summery, cookout-friendly dish is "simple and comes together fast," says chef-founder of Le Bon Nosh restaurant in Atlanta Forough Vakili. "You can't mess it up. A little more of this or less of that will still make a really tasty dessert." Vakili describes the flavors as being similar to a "strawberry shortcake" but with the addition of more summer berries. Get the recipe HERE 04 of 29 Red, White & Blue Angel Food Cake Jennifer Causey "This is hands-down one of my favorite recipes," says Dana Pollack, author of the Dana's Bakery cookbook. "It's light, airy and perfect for summer!" Pollack's recipe also makes a great birthday cake — just dye the batter rainbow colors instead of red, white and blue. Get the recipe HERE 05 of 29 Firecracker Pops Jennifer Causey These nostalgic treats from Clarice Lam, the pastry chef at Kimika in N.Y.C., are flavored and colored naturally with tart cherries and limes, creamy coconut milk and sweet blueberries. Get the recipe HERE 06 of 29 Summer Fruit Tart with Cream Cheese Filling Jennifer Causey Vallery Lomas's patriotic dessert "couldn't be easier to make," she says. "The crust is an easy-peasy press-in crust, and the filling is basically a no-bake cheesecake!" Use any combination of fruits like blueberries, raspberries, halved or quartered strawberries, halved and pitted cherries, sliced red plums, and pomegranate arils. Get the recipe HERE 07 of 29 PECAN-RUM BALLS Jennifer Causey You only need a few ingredients to make these festive (and spiked!) dessert balls from Preppy Kitchen's John Kanell. Swap out the rum for root beer for a nonalcoholic version. Get the recipe HERE 08 of 29 COOKIES & CREAM CHEESECAKE Jennifer Causey You'll impress everyone at your next barbecue with Molly Yeh's dessert that's perfect for the summer weather — no baking required! Get the recipe HERE 09 of 29 ICE CREAM SUNDAES WITH BERRY SAUCES Jennifer Causey There's no better way to celebrate the Fourth than with America's favorite frozen treat! These sundaes, from Nick Morgenstern of Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream in New York City, easily come together in under 10 minutes. Get the recipe HERE 10 of 29 SURPRISE-INSIDE SPRINKLE LAYER CAKE Jennifer Causey 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. 11 of 29 HAND PIE ICE-CREAM SANDWICHES Jennifer Causey "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. 12 of 29 FROZEN COCONUT DAIQUIRIS Jennifer Causey 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. 13 of 29 STRAWBERRY & BLUEBERRY CRUMBLE Jennifer Causey 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. 14 of 29 BROWNIE FLAG CAKE Victor Protasio 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. 15 of 29 TIE-DYE CHEESECAKE STARS Victor Protasio 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. 16 of 29 RHUBARB GALETTE Victor Protasio 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. 17 of 29 FROZEN MOJITO FRUIT POPS Victor Protasio Make these spiked treats from Top Chef star Adrienne Cheatham family-friendly by omitting the rum. Get the recipe HERE. 18 of 29 FLAG COOKIE CAKE Greg DuPree Red, white and blueberries! Blogger Sally Quinn's patriotic treat is the perfect combo of cookie, cake and healthy fruit. Get the recipe HERE. 19 of 29 AMERICAN FLAG BUTTER CAKE Victor Protasio "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. 20 of 29 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. 21 of 29 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. 22 of 29 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. 23 of 29 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. 24 of 29 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. 25 of 29 RED VELVET PANCAKES Greg DuPree Au Fudge's fruit and coconut syrup make for a berry delicious way to start your morning. Get the recipe HERE. 26 of 29 FUNFETTI FLAG CAKE Institute of Culinary Education 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. 27 of 29 STARS & STRIPES MILKSHAKE Greg DuPree 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. 28 of 29 SWIRL DOUGHNUTS 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. 29 of 29 BLUEBERRY & WHITE CHOCOLATE PIE POPS Victor Protasio 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.