Paula’s Top 11 Independence Day Desserts

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By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

It’s a new year and Paula has a new list of favorite desserts she’s recommending for your July 4th picnic. Share a meal and memory this July 4th and let one of these desserts be the star!

Gooey Butter Cake
Sunny’s Sunshine Cake
Summer Grilled Ice Cream
Fresh Raspberry Bars
Nita’s Secret Peach Pie
Paula’s Volcano Cake
Candy Snack Cake
Never-Fail Pound Cake
Green Tomato Pie
Fruit Salad with Creamy Custard
Frozen Banana Split


Let Paula help with more Tips For The Perfect Picnic!

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Kaye i'm not Paula Deen but the recipe you are looking for is called CANDY SNACK CAKE.

By Anonymous on August 02, 2013

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Hi Paula -- just wanted to say how much I appreciate all your recipes. I'm a southern cook and wouldn't want to change at this late date. I also just bought a few of your Paula Deen signature pieces from Amazon. I was amazed that each piece was so unique and of such high quality. A special shout out to the pig cutting board. It was love at first sight for the both of us. Please keep on keepin' on. I have crossed every store off my list that won't carry your products. I have to vote with my dollars and hope that others will think about this too. love you lots!!! Laurie S.

By Laurie Stallings on July 02, 2013

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Hi Paula--just want to say how much I appreciate you and your wonderful recipes. I just bought a few things on Amazon and love everyone esp. the pig cutting board. It was love at first sight. Keep on keepin' on. Laurie S.

By Laurie Stallings on July 01, 2013

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Paula, I just wanted to tell you that I support you 110%! You are a true blessing to everyone who meets you and what has happened to you within the last week is WRONG! I think you will find that you have a lot of support out here. We love you! Don't let this get you down. God never said it would be easy. He's with you Paula. He knows your heart better than anyone and He loves you more than anyone else could. My mama always said that if my "friends" didn't stand with me then they weren't the kind of friends I would want. This applies to you too Paula. Just remember we love you and support you! Everything will be okay! I love you!

By Pam Martin on June 28, 2013

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I just want to say congratulations on your weight lost. I love your cooking watch you when I can. And when we are going through Savannah I wish we could stop to see you,but I have to get the loads delivered. My husband and I are semi truck drs. Love to listen to you talk.God bless you and your sons. keep up the great work. Thank you for all you do, Marlena

By marlena l wickens on June 27, 2012

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Hi paula thanks for getting back too me just check my email was glad to see your news letter with all those recipes i will try them as soon as i can. i just love you and your show and i watch your sons shows too.i feel your love through the t.v.you are a very sweet person.god bless you and all your family.from my kitchen too yours,linda

By linda thornton on June 24, 2012

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Love this sight....love anything Paula!!!

By Olga Markakis on June 22, 2012

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Paula Deen....I just love your recipes, and I love watching you cook...but most of all I love the faces you make when you taste your foods :0) Keep on Cookin'

By Debbie Haynes on June 22, 2012

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I am trying to find the recipe to the picture above and cannot find it. Could you please send it to me? It's right beside the gooey Butter Cake. It looks like it has snicker candy bars on the top.

By Kaye Bowersox on June 22, 2012

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I just love your show. I watch it everyday my husband just loves it when i make an item you made and cook it myself. I write the recipes down. I have learned a lot from watching and have improved my cooking greatly. So from house to your you keep on cooking and I'll be watching. Love the best tc.

By cheryl (whitewolf) on June 22, 2012

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Hey Mrs. Paula, my family is from the South also we originated from Emmons SC, Asheville NC, Spartanburge so we know gooood cooking. Lady You are the icing on any cake. I love U Ms. PAULA. I know Dr,Oz is trying to convert U but stay true to yourself. God will take care of the rest., whatever we do it should be taken in moderation. Thast's what the good book says. So a little guilty pleasure has not put on pounds. It's when we over do the good things you show us how to cook, and over eat those wonder delightful dishes. kEEP USING YOUR GIFT TO BRING GOD GLORY AND PEOPLE PLEASURE. YOUR SISTER IN MY HEAD CARLA

By Carla McClain on October 12, 2011

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I just can't get enough of you yummy recipes.

By Debora-Lee on July 02, 2011

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By Sherry Boyer on July 01, 2011

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DEAR PAULA I WATCH UR SHOW EVERY DAY AT 5.00 ON TV .MY HUSBAND HAS ALZHEIMER'S and when he see's you he all ways wave's at you and smiles .i love your cooking .wilma and jim

By wilma on June 30, 2011

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I need to know how to estimate how much champagne & beer to purchase for a wedding of 125?

By Anita Martin on June 30, 2011

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i love your desserts that you make. they taste so good.

By emily on June 30, 2011

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Paula, I love watching you and your family. I miss seeing your show, I watched you everyday. My son lives in Charleston S.C. He took me to the Lady & Sons to eat. Oh my goodness! People are always telling me that I look just like the cooking lady Paula Deen. I always tell them that you are my hero. May God Bless You Mary Ann
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Add a few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese to the flour and cornmeal breading and it kicks the tomatoes up another notch. Bev
in Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes on August 15, 2014 at 10:33 am

I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
Melissa in Taste Testing 101 on August 13, 2014 at 8:36 am

Congrats Bobby. Loved the family picture miss you Paula on TV will be watching online. Jack is getting big. Looks like his mom but Matt aka moose has your face. Your eyes cheeks hair even falls to his face like yours except to the left. Good luck on your next venture. You give us other 60+ yr women strength to move on. Keep up the good work.
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