21 Desserts for Your July 4th Festivities

Slideshow SLIDESHOW: 21 Desserts for Your July 4th Festivities

Some people think the focus of July 4th cooking rests solely on the grill. While juicy burgers and hot dogs are a cornerstone of any good Independence Day feast, dessert is just as vital. We've collected the perfect American-themed sweets to round out your celebration.

Pies, Cobblers, and Buckles

Mini Sweet Cherry Pies

Mini Sweet Cherry Pies [Photograph: Laura Weisenthall]

Ice Creams and Sorbets

Raspberry-Campari Sorbet

Raspberry-Campari Sorbet [Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Cakes and Cupcakes

Best Quick and Easy Strawberry Shortcakes

Best Quick and Easy Strawberry Shortcakes [Photograph: Carrie Vasios Mullins]

Bars and Cookies

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies [Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Fried and Fruit Desserts

Easy Funnel Cakes

Easy Funnel Cakes [Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

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