Celebrate America this summer with red, white and blue desserts sure to bring smiles to your cookout. Show your patriotism on the 4th of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day or any summer weekend with these desserts!
Flag Fruit Pizza
Courtesy of Sabby in SuburbiaWho wouldn’t pledge allegiance to this sweet red, white and blue dessert pizza from Sabby in Suburbia? Top a sugar-cookie crust with “sauce” made of cream cheese, powdered sugar, and whipped topping. Brush a glaze over the fruit, and then arrange strawberries, bananas, and blueberries into a version of the Stars and Stripes.
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Rice Krispies Treat and Fruit Sparklers
Coutesy of 5 Minutes for Mom
These simple dessert kebabs from 5 Minutes for Mom will also make an attractive picnic table decoration for your celebration. Skewer one strawberry, three blueberries, and a Rice Krispies treat—shaped into a star with a cookie cutter—onto lollipop sticks. Tie a ribbon on the stick just below the strawberry for an extra festive look. (Plus, it helps support the weight of the strawberry.)
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Courtesy of Brown Eyed BakerThese all-natural frozen treats from Brown Eyed Baker are a healthy version of the red, white and blue ice-cream truck classic. Fill star-shaped ice-pop molds with strawberry puree, sweetened plain yogurt, and blueberry puree, freezing between each layer. A little lime juice as an ingredient in each layer gives these a refreshing zing, too.
Get the recipe: Firecracker Popsicles
Courtesy of Taste and TellThis groovy white chocolate and marshmallow cream fudge from Taste and Tell will put everyone in the mood for summertime fun. After making the fudge, split the mixture into thirds, tinting one-third with red food coloring and one-third with blue and leaving one-third white. Pour all three back together and drag a knife through it to create the marbled effect.
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Stained Glass Jell-O Stars
Courtesy of Brown Eyed BakerThis gorgeous treat is easy to transport and lots of fun to eat. Two boxes of strawberry Jell-O and two boxes of blue raspberry Jell-O create the red and blue colors, while a mixture of sweetened condensed milk and unflavored gelatin forms the white part and brings the dish together. Use a cookie cutter to cut into star shapes.
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Hidden Flag Cake
Courtesy of 17 and BakingGuests will be wowed when you cut into this unassuming hidden flag cake from 17 and Baking at your weekend festivities. Begin as if making a three-layer white cake, using food coloring to dye one layer red and one layer blue (leave one layer white). After they are baked, you’ll cut each red and white layer in half horizontally so you can stack them to make the flag’s “stripes” and cut the blue cake into a ring-shape to make the “stars” section. Cover the entire cake with white cream-cheese frosting to hide the surprise inside.
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Courtesy of At the Picket FenceAdd a pop to your party with these edible faux firecrackers from At the Picket Fence. Layer Berry Blue and Cherry Jell-O around a white middle layer—made of unflavored gelatin with sugar, vanilla, and milk—in a plastic shot glass and top with a maraschino cherry. For a special adults-only version, spike the red and blue jello and the cherries with vodka.
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Courtesy of A Cup of Sugar … a Pinch of SaltThe burst of color from these fireworks-inspired cookies from A Cup of Sugar … a Pinch of Salt will get oohs and aaahs just like the real thing. Cut sugar cookies into two-inch round or scalloped shapes, and make a thin homemade white icing, coloring one-third of it red and one-third blue. Paint each cookie completely white with icing, then draw three or four rings of colors on each and drag a toothpick from the center to the edges to create the fireworks effect.
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Red, White and Blueberry Trifle
Courtesy of Lemony ThymeTrifles look fancy but are easy to make, and this patriotic version from Lemony Thyme takes advantage of the natural colors of summer berries. In a trifle bowl (or other high-sided, clear glass bowl), layer angel food or pound cake with fresh raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries and whipped topping or vanilla or white-chocolate pudding for a simple red, white and blue dessert. For a twist, spread berry preserves on your cake slices or soak them in raspberry liqueur.
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United Shakes of America
Courtesy of Poca CosaShake up your party with this deliciously refreshing ice-cream concoction from Poca Coas. Layer blue-dyed, plain vanilla, and red-dyed ice cream in glasses, setting each layer in the freezer before adding the next layer. Top with whipped cream, a few sprinkles, and cute striped straws.
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