How to Make the 4th of July Bangin'

By TBSP Susan
Created March 9, 2017
Planning a festive bash this Independence Day but at a loss for what to make for dessert? Look no further, friends. MORE+ LESS-

We've got you covered for recipes on the most patriotic cakes and sweets evah. So get out the mixer and preheat the oven – it's time to make desserts for Fourth of July!

For recipes, click on titles or photos.

1. Red, White and Blue Poke Cake

Everyone loves cake, right? That is, except for the at-home baker who gets stuck in a hot kitchen making multiple layers and frosting them all with care. This Red, White and Blue Poke Cake lets you skip all of that layering business while including all the good stuff. It's made with super simple cake mix, strawberry gelatin and white chocolate instant pudding. Need we say more?

2. Trix Crispie Star Bars

Every Fourth of July celebration should include a super easy, super sweet finger treat. And here it is ... star spangled and as quick as they get. Pack these for your potluck or picnic and off you go!

3. Sparkling Fourth of July Cake (featured below)

Holidays are the best times to break out the sparkles – especially when we're talking about one that revolves around fireworks. This red, white and blue vanilla cake is decorated with fluffy topping and colored sugar to make an ultra festive flag. To take it to the next level, you could even stick some sparklers in it.

4. Berry-Lemon Cheesecake Squares

We know, making cheesecake is a major hassle, especially if you're one of those perfectionists who loathes the crack that inevitably appears on top of the cake. Skip all that fuss by making these mini desserts that have a pie crust base, a creamy cheesecake filling and fresh berries on top. Everyone loves sweets they can just pop into their mouth – including the host, who will ultimately have fewer dishes to wash in the end.

5. Patriotic Cookie Pizza

This dessert is a major eye-catcher that everyone will drool over. A cookie base and a lemony cream cheese "sauce" are just there as a canvas for red raspberries arranged in a star shape and surrounded by dark, sweet blueberries. It's so pretty you won't even want to cut into it, though you will, of course, because it's fracking good.

6. Berry Shortcake Stars

This is classic shortcake with a twist. Rather than plain ol' round biscuits, these are star-shaped, and instead of whipped cream it uses pudding. Yup, sounds like a total upgrade to us. Bonus: The leftovers will make a great breakfast for when you wake up just a little (or a lot) hungover.

7. Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

If you've never had a whoopie pie, then you're probably not from New England, where the tasty hand-held desserts are a tradition. Usually they're made with two cake-like chocolate cookies married together with a fluffy, rich marshmallow filling. This version definitely takes things to the next level, incorporating red velvet cake and fresh berries for a patriotic twist.

8. American Flag Cordial

This recipe is more of a cocktail than dessert. It's sweet but it's also a little boozy. Made with blue curacao, grenadine, cranberry juice and heavy cream, it's not too strong, so you can knock back these tiny flag-inspired shots all night and still be (somewhat) ready for work the next morning.

Happy 4th of July! Make it a bangin' one!