Desserts Born in America

Desserts to top off your 4th of July Celebration

Independence Day is one of the many highlights of summertime. The hot dogs on the grill, the table covered with the red-checkered cloth, and everyone munching on watermelon and waiting on the fireworks are just a few cherished moments from Independence Day. On the Fourth of July, patriotism is displayed everywhere; even the menu, which doesn’t stop with just hamburger and ribs but extends all the way through dessert. At The Daily Meal we sought some desserts that are iconic and All-American.

Apple Pie

What can be more American than apple pie? Apples were planted in America when the pilgrims arrived in the 1600s. With that fact, apples have been engrained into the American meal since the very beginning. Apple pie is not just for fall, but can also be matched with ice cream (pie a la mode). If you want a fun twist on apple pie, try this Tipsy Apple Pie Recipe.

Boston Cream Pie

Boston Cream Pie was supposedly perfected and popularized around 1850 in the Park House Hotel in Boston, making it truly an All-American dessert. The pie was originally named Chocolate Cream Pie, but was changed when the dessert was made the official dessert of Massachusetts. The “pie” is actually more of a cake, with two sponges stuffed with vanilla custard and glazed with chocolate. If you’re looking for quick way to make this mouthwatering dessert try this No-Bake Boston Cream Pie Strata Recipe.

Red Velvet Cake

What’s the best way to convey our country’s pride in a dessert? Red velvet cake. Red Velvet is a Southern tradition that was introduced to America circa 1920. The classic dessert with its signature red-toned batter has reached a renaissance as it has grown in popularity over the past few years. This favorite is simple a chocolate cake, but is beautifully presented as red cake with white frosting. Throw a few blue sprinkles on top this Fourth of July to make it even more festive. For the basics try this Easy Red Velvet Cake Recipe.

Cherry Tarts

Although tarts are not an American tradition, cherries are linked with one of our founding fathers- George Washington. Cherries are also a summer time favorite, so if you want to honor our nation’s first president and mix-up desserts at the cook-out, try this Easy Cherry Tart Recipe.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies originated in America in the 1930s due to a happy accident. Ruth Graves Wakefield , owner of the Tollhouse Inn of Massachusetts, was attempting to bake chocolate cookies but ran out of baker’s chocolate and threw in broken chocolate chunks as a substitute. The cookies were a hit and Wakefield sold her recipe to Nestle for a lifetime supply of chocolate chips.To honor American ingenuity and creative spirit, try baking a batch up chocolate chip cookies with this Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.

Entertain your sweet tooth while celebrating the Fourth this year with these All-American desserts.


Tipsy Apple Pie

Apple pie is an All-American recipe that takes us back to when the pilgrims settled.







No Bake Boston Cream Pie Strata

Boston Cream Pie was born in Boston in the 1800s celebrate by bringing it back.







Red Velvet Cake

Take yorr taste buds down South for the Fourth of July.







Easy Cherry Tart

Cherries are associated with one of out founding fathers- George Washington. Celebrate by making these tarts in his honor.







Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Cookies were a happy All-American accident. Try it out!