5 easy 4th of July dessert recipes

Dayna Scandone
May 31, 2020

The Fourth of July is a day for celebrating America and red, white and blue everything! These yummy and festive Fourth of July desserts make a great end to a day of grilling and celebrating. The best part? The recipes are so simple, you can easily involve the kids for a fun afternoon activity.

1. American Flag Fruit Pizza

A cookie crust topped with Greek yogurt frosting and fresh berries is a healthy-in-disguise treat to serve up after burgers.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box sugar cookie dough (or homemade dough).
  • 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt.
  • 1 -  8-ounce package light cream cheese.
  • ½ cup melted white chocolate.
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  • Blueberries and raspberries.

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a 13 x 9 inch baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Mix up your cookie dough following package instructions and press it firmly into the baking sheet with your hands. Use a drinking cup to smooth out any bumps.
  4. Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly brown all over. Let cool completely.
  5. While the dough cools, mix up your yogurt frosting. Add yogurt, cream cheese, white chocolate and vanilla to a medium bowl and stir until completely combined with no lumps. Let chill in the fridge while the crust finishes cooling.
  6. Once the crust cools, remove it from the pan by lifting the parchment paper out slowly and place it on a cutting board.
  7. Spread the cooled frosting over the entire crust evenly — any extra frosting can be used as fruit dip.
  8. Rinse and dry your berries thoroughly — you don’t want wet berries ruining your crispy crust.
  9. Place the berries in rows or decorate the crust like an American flag! Let the kids be creative with this part.
  10. Cut the cookies into two-inch squares and store in the fridge until ready to serve. These are best made the same day you plan on serving them.

2. Patriotic Popsicles

These three-layer popsicles are perfect for a hot day at the beach, or a tasty way to cool off during festivities under the sun.

Ingredients:

  • Strawberries.

  • Blackberries.

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt.

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla.

  • 2 tablespoons honey (plus more to taste).

  • Popsicle molds or small plastic cups and popsicle sticks.

Directions:

  1. Puree the strawberries and blackberries separately, leaving a few chunks for texture. Add a little extra honey if your berries are too tart.
  2. Add yogurt, vanilla and honey to a small mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  3. Fill your molds one third of the way up with strawberry puree. Place in the freezer for at least one hour.
  4. Then add your yogurt mixture on top of the frozen strawberry, making sure the two layers don’t have extra space between them. Freeze for another 30 minutes.
  5. Carefully spoon some blackberry puree over the yogurt and insert your popsicle sticks. Freeze for at least three hours or until the popsicles are solid.

3. Pretzel Sparklers

A white-chocolate-covered pretzel makes a portable, handheld snack for kids on the move.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups white chocolate chips.
  • 10 pretzel rods.
  • Red and blue sprinkles (or use red and blue pop rocks for a surprising snack).

Directions:

  1. Clear a space in the fridge for a 9 x 13 inch pan for cooling. Line the pan with parchment paper for easy clean-up.
  2. Melt the white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second intervals until the white chocolate is almost melted. Stir quickly to melt any lumps.
  3. Dip the pretzel rods in the chocolate, leaving only a small bit of pretzel uncovered to use as a handle. Let the excess chocolate drip off and then place on the parchment, making sure none of the pretzels are touching.
  4. While the chocolate is still melted, sprinkle the tops with red and blue sprinkles or pop rocks.
  5. Place in the fridge to harden for about 20 minutes. They should stay solid at room temperature as long as they are stored out of direct sunlight.

4. Red, White and Blue Muffins

Don’t forget about festive breakfast on the fourth! These muffins are packed with fruit and can easily be made ahead of time.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box corn muffin mix (or use a homemade recipe).
  • 1/2 cup raw cranberries.
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries.
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt.
  • 1 tablespoon honey.

Directions:

  1. Line a muffin tin with paper liners or use cooking spray.
  2. Prepare the muffin batter according to package instructions. Add in the cranberries and blueberries and stir to combine. Bake according to the package.
  3. Stir the honey into the yogurt and place in the fridge until the muffins are done. Let the muffins cool when they come out of the oven and then remove them from the pan.
  4. Place a dollop of yogurt on top of each muffin and enjoy.

5. Fruity Festive Ice Cubes

This truly is the easiest recipe of them all, but it packs a punch of color into any cold drink.

Ingredients:

  • Blueberries, raspberries or any berries you like.
  • Ice cube tray.
  • Water.

Directions:

  1. Place a few berries in each well of the ice cube tray.
  2. Cover the fruit with water and place in the freezer for about four hours or until the cubes have hardened.
  3. Add these to ice water, lemonade, seltzer or any of your favorite Fourth of July beverages.
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