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Declare Dessert the Star of Your 4th of July BBQ


Anyone can make a cheeseburger on a grill. If you want to stand out at your cookout this weekend, try serving one of these cheesy desserts—trust me, they will be talked for the rest of the year.

Cheesecake Sopapillas

These sopapilla bars are filled with cream cheese, butter, and sugar. Made with store–bought crescent rolls, prep them in as little as 20 minutes and justs tick in the oven for an easy-peasy dessert anyone can make.

Guinness Cupcakes

These cupcakes are made with clotted cream and Guinness stout—GREAT.

SUM16_ChefsDish_GrilledPeaches_rcp

This new take on a summer fruit combines grilled peaches with creamy ricotta and a molasses-bourbon glaze. Since the propane (or coals!) will already be out on deck, these couldn’t be any easier.

Ricotta Strawberry Swirl

Impress your friends with this Ricotta Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream. Store cups of the ice cream in your freezer in the morning and take them out after the burgers are long gone. Proceed with convincing your friends that you really did make your own ice cream.

Cream Cheese Brownies

A classic cream cheese brownie will always impress a crowd. Serve with small bowls of ice cream to cool down from the sun.

Becca McGilloway

Becca McGilloway is currently a senior at Emerson College studying Writing, Literature, and Publishing. When she isn't on the hunt for the latest cheese-permeated vegetarian recipe on Pinterest, she's probably binge-watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix.