You can’t have a Fourth of July celebration without fireworks, great food and a lot of red, white, and blue. There are plenty of ways to incorporate the festivity of this holiday into your desserts, making it delightful for kids and adults alike.
Celebrate Independence Day with some of your grilled favorites and potluck side dishes, and be sure to include some of these patriotic sweet treats on your dessert table for everyone to enjoy:
Holiday Stars Salad – Use star shaped cookie cutters to shape delicious seasonal fruits into stars. A salad with watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew works really well for this occasion.
Strawberries and Blueberries Topped with Whipped Cream – Serve in individual dessert glasses for a simple but tasty treat! For a fancier twist, make a trifle layering cubes of pound cake, vanilla pudding or fresh whipped cream, and fresh strawberries and blueberries. Trifles present beautifully whether served in a trifle bowl or individual glasses.
For another fruit based dessert, make skewers with alternating layers of strawberries, blueberries, and star-shaped pieces of pound cake (using a small star-shaped cookie cutter). Or you can forego the pound cake and have a vanilla yogurt dip for the fruit instead.
Patriotic Cupcakes – Cupcakes are always a hit and the serving size is perfect for everyone! You can get as creative as you want with these, from making vanilla cupcakes topped with strawberry buttercream frosting and blue sprinkles, to making red, white, and blue layered cupcakes.
Cheesecake – Cheesecake is scrumptious on its own but is always extra special when topped with fresh fruit. Seasonal berries, such as raspberries and blackberries, are a great choice to decorate this cake for a Fourth of July gathering.
Ice Cream – Top plain vanilla ice cream with red and blue sprinkles or, for some added fun, dip the sides of ice cream sandwiches into red and blue sprinkles.
And don’t forget to have a holiday beverage on your menu! Strawberry margaritas topped with frozen blueberries make for a festive drink that will help guests cool down and relax. Be sure to make a non-alcoholic batch of these frozen beverages so little ones and those who don’t drink can enjoy as well!
Desserts are always welcome at any occasion and, when you make any of these a part of your Fourth of July celebration, they’ll not only taste delicious, but also add to the festivity of the holiday. Happy Fourth of July!