By ALLIE MYSZKA

You’ve been invited to a gathering for Independence Day, and it’s your job to bring dessert. Sure, you could just bake cupcakes and frost them with red, white, and blue icing. But why not get a little more creative? Take advantage of seasonal fruit and try new twists on simple recipes to make something that’ll show off your pride in the US of A—and satisfy any sweet tooth!

  1. Patriotic Puppy Chow

(photo via Blackberry Babe)

If it’s got powdered sugar, it’s bound to be delicious! This classic party snack gets its patriotic flair from sprinkles. But if you’re feeling ambitious, add red and blue M&Ms—just enlist the kids’ help in sorting those from the rest of the colors. But be careful; it’s addictive after that first handful! Click here for the recipe.

  1. Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches

(photo via Pink Polka Dot Creations)

Short on time? Looking for an easy treat? This one’s for you. Simply coat the outside of store-bought ice cream sandwiches with red, white and blue sprinkles. In five minutes, you’ve got a festive, delicious, kid-friendly treat. Click here for instructions.

  1. Star-Spangled Slab Pie

(photo via Home is Where the Boat Is)

This pie could pass for a cheesecake hybrid, and it makes use of multiple summer berries: strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries! Use star-shaped cookie cutters to give it the perfect dose of baked-up beauty and serve it with ice cream as the finishing touch. Click here for the recipe.

  1. Flag Fruit Pizza

(photo via Sabby in Suburbia)

Another fruit-filled recipe, this cake uses sugar cookie dough as its base instead of pie crust. You can make it to resemble a flag or channel your inner designer and arrange the fruit in a star shape or a festive swirl. To keep the fruit from browning, this recipe makes use of a tasty lemon glaze. Click here for the recipe.

  1. Red, White and Blueberry Trifle

(photo via Skinnytaste)

Trifle desserts are difficult to mess up, and even with an “oops,” they still look and taste amazing. Layers of delicious fruit, pudding, and whipped cream make this dessert an easy option to feed a large crowd. Click here for the recipe.

  1. Red White and Blue Parfaits

(photo via Life Tastes Good)

Like the idea of a trifle, but don’t need to feed a huge crowd? Try single-serving parfaits instead. This recipe is low-carb and incorporates Mascarpone cheese for a delectable, creamy accent to fresh fruit. Serve these parfaits in Mason jars to add a little Southern flair to your Independence Day gathering. Click here for the recipe.

Happy Independence Day! Enjoy these festive sweet treats with your friends and loved ones.