Think no 4th of July celebration is complete without a stunning fireworks display? Try settling in for the show without something sweet to snack on. We’ve rounded up 8 incredible desserts perfect for Independence Day, whether your Military Family is celebrating with a casual picnic or at a town-wide barbecue.
1. If you’re going on a picnic, pack fireworks cookies.
Pairing down your menu to fit in a picnic basket? These easy-to-stow cookies are exploding with Oreo pieces, M&Ms, and festive sprinkles and won’t melt in the 4th of July heat. Inside BruCrew Life has the recipe.
2. If the whole neighborhood is coming over, serve a brownie flag.
Be prepared to satisfy a crowd of sweet tooths with a recipe that’s easy to double, decorate, and serve. Spicy Southern Kitchen shows you how a simple brownie recipe, vanilla icing, and fresh fruit can transform into a patriotic dessert.
3. For an intimate gathering, serve an American flag cake.
A light and fluffy cake is always a good choice for smaller parties, and this one is sure to impress. It may look like a plain old vanilla cake from the outside, but guests will be delighted when they dig in to find a hidden flag! Get the recipe from Food52.
4. If you’re hosting a potluck, set up a DIY ice cream sundae bar.
Keep dessert as casual as your crowd-sourced dinner with a red, white, and blue ice cream sundae bar. All you need is a few tubs of ice cream, some color-coordinated toppings, and spirited bowls and napkins. Get some inspiration from So Festive.
5. For health-conscious guests, serve coconut water and fresh berry popsicles.
These hydrating, vitamin-rich popsicles are the perfect sweet treat for guests who prefer grilled veggies to chili dogs. All you need is coconut water and your favorite fruit, though Back to the Book Nutrition suggests using raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries for the 4th of July.
6. If you’re cooking-adverse, assemble a flag dessert platter.
Hey, not every host is a whiz in the kitchen. If your skill set leans more towards entertaining your guests than feeding them, this easy American flag dessert platter is the way to go. Use the picture as a guide to assemble it or get the step-by-step process from Family Fresh Meals.
7. For guests who prefer salty to sweet, serve 4th of July snack mix.
This lively mix delivers a satisfying crunch that’s more unique than the standard bowl of chips and salsa. Toss together your favorite salty snack foods with red, white, and blue candy to keep things patriotic. Glorious Treats has the full recipe.
8. For an adults-only party, serve buzzed cherry bombs.
Keep the kids away! Frosting and a Smile shows you how vodka-soaked maraschino cherries make a pretty and punchy treat to eat straight from the bowl or top boozy milkshakes.
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