9 Great 4th of July Dessert Recipes
It's official - all of the spring/early summer holidays are now out of the way, which paves the way for the one holiday that to me simply screams summer. Of course, I'm talking about 4th of July, and now that Father's Day is over the fourth will be here before we know it. To me, the fourth means cookouts and pool parties - and of course, great food. Being that I'm not super domestic on my own, I typically find myself scouring the internet for creative ideas. And, as usual, the internet does not disappoint me. As a matter of fact, I've found so many great ideas, I thought I would share - so here goes!
1. 4th of July Frozen Rocket Pops. Love these adorable and refreshing looking Rocket Pops from fellow Lifetime Mom Liz, at Hoosier Homemade. Made with flavored jello, whipped topping, and sprinkles, they look like a treat that no kid (or adult!) would dream of turning down!
2. Red White and Blue Pound Cake. Cat at Food Family Finds has created the perfect recipe for yours truly - it's hard to mess up a pound cake and almost everyone loves it. However, the multi-colored icing is the pièce de résistance of this cake by turning a simple dessert into something truly elegant that is visually stunning.
3. 4th of July Fruit Brownie Pizza. Seriously, could this brownie pizza a) be any cooler? b) be any prettier? c) be any yummier? In all fairness, I haven't tasted it, but I'm not gonna lie - the words brownie pizza definitely stand out - making me assume that it's pretty darn yummy. On second thought, I might not want to make this - I would probably eat the entire thing myself. Bad Erika.
4. 4th of July Pancakes. I made Shamrock pancakes this year on St. Patty's Day, but I think we might have to make a few red, white, and blue pancakes on 4th of July! Super simple and a great way to tie the holiday in to breakfast!
5. 4th of July Dessert - Strawberry and Stars shortcake. This recipe is super simple and makes a ton of food - the bowl there easily feeds 15-20 people. A Sara Lee pound cake is sliced and cut into star shapes with cookie cutters, and arranged nicely in a bowl or trifle dish with fruit and a homemade cream mixture. I made this myself and it was amazing.
6. 4th of July Cake Pops. Have you heard all about the Cake Pop trend but just aren't sure if you can make them yourself? Tammy shows you how to make your own cake pops from scratch, and it actually looks like it's not so hard. Plus, she decorates them with stars and sprinkles - sounds like a fun activity to have the kids join in on!
7. Red White and Blue Chocolate Covered Strawberries. I mean, honestly. Need I say more?
8. Mini Flag Layer Cakes. Oh my. Mini red velvet layer cakes with cream cheese frosting? These sound perfect for an adult 4th of July gathering - mostly because I'm not sure there would be enough left to share with the kids - the adults would be knocking each other over to get to the dessert table!
9. Red White and Blue Ice Cream Cupcakes. Prepare these in advance and stash them in your freezer until the day of your party. Takes very few ingredients and the recipe makes a ton of these little cupcakes. And c'mon, who doesn't love ice cream - especially in the July heat? These are a must-make on my list!
I hope you were inspired to try something new this year from this post. Which one or ones will you be trying? Share your favorites in the comments!