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30 Picture-Perfect Desserts for the Fourth of July

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The stars (and stripes) of the show

Dessert is delicious, no matter how you slice it, but there’s something particularly wonderful about picture-perfect, Fourth of July–themed treats. Scrumptious, festive desserts are some of the best 4th of July ideas. Practically bursting with patriotism, these 4th of July desserts also have just the right amount of kitsch and whimsy with their reds, whites, and blues to match your 4th of July decorations. And while these desserts will be the stars of your Fourth of July celebration—sometimes quite literally!—don’t forget about the 4th of July appetizers, too! And learn the best 4th of July games to play while you indulge, too.

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Fruit flag cake

Is it really the Fourth of July if you don’t have a flag cake? The quintessential patriotic dessert, this Cool Whip–topped version has a pecan crust and layers of cream cheese and vanilla pudding hiding under its fruity stars and stripes. Assemble it in a 13×9-inch baking dish. Just be warned: This dessert will go fast, and your secret recipe probably won’t be a secret for long.

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