July Fourth is fast approaching and friends and family will gather for dinners, picnics, cookouts and parties to celebrate Independence Day. Such a patriotic time lends itself to desserts that feature the colors of the nation’s flag. If your event plans – or family plans – need a fresh red, white & blue dessert, here are a few suggestions you may consider for each color and a few links we’ve shared to some fun make-it-yourself Fourth of July Desserts.
Fresh Red Edibles
In any recipe that you’re adapting, look for creative ways to incorporate strawberries, raspberries, or cherries. As classic dessert elements, these three standards add a vibrant and delicious red to your dish.
A Few Blue Edibles
Blues in desserts tend to call for blueberries, and they’re a great staple for any red, white and blue dessert. But with a little creativity, you can add blue to a dessert by coloring white chocolate, frosting or other elements to your favorite shade of blue.
Really White Edibles
White chocolate, marshmallows, frosting, cream cheese, whipped cream or whipped topping all perform well as the white for your dessert. Popcorn, powdered sugar-coated items, or even banana slices make appearances as well.
Add blueberries and raspberries to muffins for a deliciously red, white and blue start to your day. Berry pies or cakes make great desserts for later.
Try layering or twisting red, white and blue cookie doughs before cutting and baking for tri-color patriotic cookies.
For a fun, festive, made-from-scratch cake, try this a Patriotic Funfetti Cake Recipe:
No Bake Ideas
If you’re not in the mood for baking your own, here are a few creative no-bake options we thought might be simple and fun.
Simple cupcakes from the bakery can be spruced up in how they’re plated and served. Top with fresh berries (as the image above), arrange into a flag by frosting or sprinkle color, or really dress them up for an occasion by serving them in wine glasses or goblets.
Another fun “no-bake” option is found in these patriotic popcorn balls shared by People Magazine. They’re perfect to serve on a stick or skewer at your party. Get the red, white & blue popcorn balls recipe.
Got little ones who want to help? This is a perfect time to engage them in the kitchen with drizzling, sprinkling, or cutting shapes with cookie cutters.
Team ADC wishes you and yours a safe and sweet Fourth of July!