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Recipe: Firecracker Rice Krispies Treats — Easy Dessert Recipes

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This year you're bringing a tray of these firecracker Rice Krispies treats to the Fourth of July gathering. I guarantee they're going to cause a fuss. They're sprinkled with red and blue Pop Rocks, which not only make them look festive, but also means they're seriously fun to eat. Sweet bites that pop and fizz in your mouth will bring out the kid in you and most definitely put you in the holiday spirit.

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Recipe: Hot Corn Casserole — Quick and Easy Weeknight Sides

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As soon as those ears of sweet corn hit the market, take a night to enjoy them as they are, piping-hot with lots of butter. Then immediately move onto this warm and creamy corn casserole, because it is the most irresistible way to use up a few ears of sweet corn. It's cheesy and indulgent, although the mix of tender kernels of corn, veggies, fresh herbs, and a pop of heat keep it in check so it's not too heavy for summer.

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The Best Thing I’ve Ever Spread on My Toast Is from Trader Joe’s — One Good Thing

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Ever since my dear friend gifted me a bit of her sourdough starter a few months ago, I've been telling everyone who will listen about my bread-baking adventures. They've been mostly successful so far, and we've been eating bread aplenty in my little household, but it wasn't until last week that this homemade bread really blew my mind.

Oddly enough, this mind-blowing moment was not about the bread — it was about the spread, a new discovery from Trader Joe's.

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Recipe: Cherry Pie Bars — Recipes from The Kitchn

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I firmly believe that summer is a time for uncomplicated desserts meant for celebrating all the sweet fruit at our fingertips. This year I'm swapping my pie dish for a trusty 9x13-inch pan and this easy bar dessert reminiscent of a classic cherry pie. Sweet cherries are unmistakably the star of this dessert, although I have no doubt you'll love the almond-scented, buttery crust just as much.

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Recipe: Towering Strawberry Shortcake — Stylish Layer Cakes from Tessa Huff

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Strawberry shortcake is the ambassador of summer, showing off juicy berries like jewels. It's usually a humble dessert built on a biscuit, but here we turn it into a towering showstopper of cake, whipped cream, and fresh strawberries. Yet it brings drama without fuss; this is layer cake the easy way.

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Recipe: Very Berry 4th of July Cupcakes — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Ever since I started baking in my awkward tween years, I declared that every Fourth of July barbecue my family hosted needed a red, white, and blue dessert in order to be at its most festive. I scoured cookbooks and the internet to churn out things like flag cakes, berry pies, star-shaped fruit tarts, and layered fruit salads. Years later, I haven't strayed from my declaration. This is my contribution this year.

These cupcakes are as celebratory as ever: Red raspberries, white cake and buttercream, and blueberries ensure the color scheme is taken care of. Seeing as we are in the heart of berry season, the fruit lends the cupcakes the sweet juiciness that only feels right this time of year. Plus, the spike of lemon in the buttercream gives the baked treats an extra zip for good measure.

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