5 EASY 4th of July Desserts

Tomorrow is the 4th of July holiday! It is one of my favorite summer holidays. You get to have a BBQ and eat lots of fun foods, and then watch fireworks too! And we all get to be patriotic and put out our flags and think about how lucky we are to be Americans! We just got done watching LONE SURVIVOR last night on REDBOX. Nothing makes you prouder to be American than watching an intense war pic like this one. I’m proud of the Navy SEALS today! They are simply the best. 

And these cupcakes are the best tasting things you can make. But I had a few more ideas too.
1. 4th of July Cupcakes are an easy favorite for your 4th of July BBQ dessert table. They are healthier than some other desserts with fresh fruit on them, and you can easily top them each with a little flag pick or sprinkles for more pizzaz. 
For the cupcake icing Use 1 cup cool whip, 1 cup marshmallow Creme, and 1/2 block of cream cheese mixed together in your mixer. Yummy! It also makes a great Marshmallow Whip FRUIT DIP! 
I make my icing with cool whip, cream cheese and marshmallow whip. It is to die for!  
Aren’t these so cute with the little flags? The Patriotic table runner and placemats I got from Kohls. I love red white and blue decorations! 

 2. Another dessert that is perfectly in season right now is PIE! I just made a lemon meringue pie last night and it is almost gone already! Yummy. I used only 2 lemons. HERE is the Lemon Pie recipe I used.

Peaches and Strawberries are in season now. So what about doing a fresh peach pie or fresh strawberry pie. I use the “glaze” recipe from a small box of jello. The flavors come in peach and strawberry so it makes it so easy.

The recipe for the jello “glaze” is HERE.

Strawberry Glaze Ingredients and Directions
1 cup of water
Mix with 3/4 cup sugar and
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 small 3 oz. box Strawberry Jello
Mix first 3 ingredients and put it in a saucepan on the stove till it is smooth and when it is bubbling….boil  for about 2 minutes. Then take it off the heat. Whisk in the jello for a minute till it is dissolved and then put it in the fridge for 15 minutes to cool.

Here I am adding the glaze. It’s just made from a box of Jello! So you could do peach, raspberry, or strawberry! I should try blackberry too! That might be good! 
You could add a little American flag to the top of this Strawberry Pie too! 

OR 3. you could make Lemon Bars. They go great with any BBQ spread. Kids love them too. And people don’t take the time to make them much anymore even though they are SO super easy! 

Food Network had a pretty good recipe for Lemon Bars. This is before I added the sprinkling of powdered sugar to the top. I would just place them in red, white and blue patriotic cupcake papers on a red pie plate for the dessert table! 

 4. Then there is my all time favorite stand by treat, the Chocolate Bundt Cake like Nothing Bundt Cakes. It is cheap, easy, and yummy. And you can top it with many decorations for the season. Flags with red and blue sprinkles would be great.

I just use a zip lock bag with the cream cheese icing, snip a little hole in the corner edge, and fill it and spread it in long lines around the cake. 

Just like this. It doesn’t have to be perfect. People will still love it! I always do! Now I just have to go look at the craft store for some blue sprinkles. That would be cute wouldn’t it? With the little flags?

This was a very cute way to decorate the bundt cake for 4th of July. I might do this instead. I love fresh fruit better than sprinkles anyway. This is from Style Horse.
4th of July fruit pizza! 1 package of sugar cookie dough for crust. 8oz cream cheese + 1 cup powdered sugar for frosting. Decorate with fruit!
5. Lastly you could do a fruit pizza. I saw this one on Pinterest. This one is made from a sugar cookie dough recipe or refrigerator roll sugar cookie dough from the market. Spread out on a pizza pan and bake. Then spread with lemon yogurt and fruits or cool whip and a block of cream cheese, then fruit. You could also do cookies topped the same way. Either way it is yummy. The yogurt topping has less calories of course and it is fresh tasting. Cut the strawberries in thirds and add fresh blueberries.

Have a GREAT 4th of JULY PEOPLE!