Icebox cake

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Are you ready for a fantastic Fourth of July celebration? As The United States’ greatest holiday approaches, great food will be essential to the celebration. Whether you’re hosting a backyard BBQ or a festive gathering, The Portal of Texas History has delicious recipes to help make your Independence Day even more special. Let us dive into some mouthwatering dishes that are perfect for the occasion.

  1. Red, White, and Blue Icebox Cake (from Texas Neighbors, Vol. 87, No. 3)

Icebox cakeThis no-bake dessert is a showstopper with its layers of creamy filling, graham crackers, and fresh berries. It is a perfect fit for the patriotic theme of the day. (


  1. Pineapple Cake (from Denton Chronicle Vol. 45, No. 265)

Bring a taste of the tropics to your 4th of July celebration with this delightful pineapple cake, from the Denton Record-Chronicle. Foolproof Pineapple Cake Recipe 
The sweetness of pineapple and moist cake layers will transport you to a summer paradise. (



  1. Grilled Mexican Pizza (from Taylor Press, Vol. 101, No. 49, Ed. 1) Grilled Mexican Pizza Recipe

From Taylor Press, you can switch up your traditional pizza routine with this grilled Mexican pizza. Loaded with flavorful ingredients, this dish brings a fun and spicy twist to any 4th of July menu.(


  1. Red Raspberry Cobbler (from Cedar Hill Chronicle, Vol. 5, No. 51, Ed. 1)

Raspberry Cobbler RecipeThe Cedar Hill Chronicle has you covered because raspberries are in season, making this red raspberry cobbler the perfect choice for a summer celebration. The vibrant color and juicy berries are sure to be a hit. (


  1. Peach Cobbler (from Texas Neighbors, Vol. 86, No. 3)Peach Cobbler Recipe

 A classic Southern dessert, peach cobbler is a comforting and timeless treat. Serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a truly irresistible dessert. (



  1. Shogun Char-Grilled Beef Burgers (from Hondo Anvil Herald, Vol. 115, No. 26, Ed. 1)

Shogun Char-Grilled Beef RecipeFire up the grill and treat your guests to these mouthwatering char-grilled beef burgers. They are a true crowd-pleaser and a must-have for any 4th of July celebration. (



No matter which recipes you choose for your 4th of July spread, they will be a hit. We wish you a wonderful Independence Day with good food, great company, and memorable moments!