Slideshow: 21 Desserts for Your July 4th Festivities

Strawberry Shortcake
Strawberry Shortcake

Just because they're quick doesn't mean they sacrifice flavor.

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[Photograph: Carrie Vasios Mullins]

Red, White, and Blueberry Icebox Cake
Red, White, and Blueberry Icebox Cake

Decked out with strawberries, blueberries and plenty of fresh whipped cream, this is a picnic-perfect dessert for your Fourth of July celebration.

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[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

American Flag Cake
American Flag Cake

This deceptively easy cake is a knockout.

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[Photograph: Cakespy]

Red, White, and Blueberry Pops
Red, White, and Blueberry Pops

Replacing artificial colors and flavors with the natural charms of fresh berries and tangy cheesecake, nobody will miss the true blue in these delicious homespun versions of the familiar day-glo red-white-and-blue rocket pop.

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[Photograph: Amanda Clarke]

Strawberry Blueberry Tart
Strawberry Blueberry Tart

This summery tart has a graham cracker crust, a creamy lemon filling and a topping of fresh berries.

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[Photograph: Carrie Vasios Mullins]

Red, White, and Blueberry Shortcakes
Red, White, and Blueberry Shortcakes

These star-shaped biscuits offer a lot of bang for not-so-much effort. Don't let your impressed guests in on the secret.

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[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

Vanilla Frozen Custard
Vanilla Frozen Custard

This recipe makes rich, soft frozen custard like you'll find at Shake Shack, Kopp's, Culver's, and all sorts of custard shops around the South and Midwest.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Easy Coconut Cupcakes
Easy Coconut Cupcakes

These moist cupcakes get their coconut flavor from coconut milk and chopped coconut.

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[Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

Apple Brandy Doughnuts
Apple Brandy Doughnuts

Classic cider doughnuts with a kick,

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[Photograph: Sydney Oland]

Ginger Peach Bourbon Pie
Ginger Peach Bourbon Pie

This boozy peach pie tastes even better the second day after the bourbon, ginger, and peach have had a chance to meld together.

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[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

Perfect Apple Pie
Perfect Apple Pie

Really and truly the perfect apple pie. What else do you need to know?

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Blueberry Crumble Bars
Blueberry Crumble Bars

An easy shortbread cookie base covered with a layer of sweet blueberries, then topped with an extra thick layer of buttery crumbs

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[Photograph: Carrie Vasios Mullins]

Spicy Grilled Watermelon
Spicy Grilled Watermelon

A conversation starter if there ever was one, this spicy grilled watermelon challenges an ingrained perception of what watermelon should be.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

Apple Pie Ice Cream
Apple Pie Ice Cream

All the flavor of an apple pie without the hassle of making a crust or turning on the oven.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Raspberry-Campari Sorbet
Raspberry-Campari Sorbet

If you like your desserts more tart than sweet, this is the sorbet for you. And if you're a little addicted to the pleasantly bitter taste of Campari, this sorbet is really for you.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Funnel Cakes
Funnel Cakes

This easier variation on a carnival classic uses buttermilk pancake mix to cut down on prep time.

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[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]