It’s no secret that I’ll take just about any excuse to bake. A baby on the way, surprising my husband’s coworkers, a thank-you gift, a holiday…. Speaking of, when holidays boasting their own color schemes roll around, I’m in my glory. It’s a lot of fun to bake color-coded treats, but not only that. I also love going to the grocery store or the craft store to check out their selection of holiday themed sprinkles and baking decorations. With all of this in mind, I’m happy to share some of our favorite ideas for 4th of July treats and patriotic desserts.
Have you ever noticed how it’s hard to go wrong with desserts?
Desserts go over well at parties, they are nice to have at home, and in many cases, they even freeze well.
But even as delicious as they are, we still have our favorites.
I mean, for me, it’s pretty much got to be something from the following:
- Some kind of cookie
- Cinnamon buns or Apple something
- See item A. above
Just to be worth it for the calories, at least for me.
Anyone with me?
I mean I would rather have a single Hershey kiss or a few rogue chocolate chips from a homemade trail mix than wasting my caloric allotment for dessert on something boring or bland.
But that’s just me.
Well, that was just me. Now it’s me and my kid. Sort of.
I mean, her dessert requirements also embrace just about all varieties of birthday cake, and she happens to be the person who raises her hand when the room is asked who wants a piece with a lot of icing. (Not me. Thankfully her adoration of almost all things chocolate still has me convinced she’s mine.)
So now that you know my dessert preferences, these 4th of July treats and patriotic desserts may make a little more sense. At least now you’ll understand why I ruined beautiful red, white, and blue tie-dyed cupcakes with chocolate icing. (Ruined? Not a chance. Trust me.)
Red, White & Blue Cupcakes
These were a ton of fun to make and the pictures remind me how much I want to try and do this for another kind of holiday cupcake. To make pretty tie-dyed 4th of July cupcakes, simply start out with a box of your favorite white cake mix or your own scratch recipe. Whether you realize it or not, this white cake mix is the basis for some really fun red white and blue desserts for kids. The possibilities are endless so get creative in the kitchen.
Here are the steps for patriotic cupcakes:
- Mix up the white cake mix as usual.
- Separate it into three equal parts in different containers.
- Place cupcake wrappers in each of the cupcake tins.
- Fill all of the wrappers about 2/3 full with cupcake batter. Try a scoop of each color and add more if needed.
- Using a dull knife, twist and swirl each cupcake to get a neat tie-dyed effect. Clean the knife if necessary.
- Bake according to the instructions. Check for doneness with a toothpick.
- Allow to cool.
- Decorate with icing and patriotic decorations.
Decorated brownies are the epitome of easy patriotic desserts. The beauty of this treat is that you merely need to toss on some sprinkles or decorative edible accents before baking. Here are a few ideas for super simple 4th of July brownie treats.
- Simply sprinkle red, white, and blue jimmies or patriotic nonpareils over top of the brownie batter once in the pan.
- Top your 4th of July treats with red, white, and blue M&Ms randomly or create a patriotic pattern. Try a flag or shoot for firework style designs.
- Shake edible star confetti over the brownie pan, adding a healthy sprinkling of red, white, and blue.
4th of July Cookies
Cookies are such a versatile dessert. You have complete control over how you flavor them, shape them, and decorate them. You can make them soft and chewy or crisp with a crunch. You can add secret ingredients or special toppings. You can dye them, decorate them, and devour them to your heart’s content.
Here are some of my favorite 4th of July cookies to try:
- Make standard chocolate chip cookies and top with patriotic M&Ms.
- Bake sugar cookie cutouts shaped like stars and decorated with red, white, and blue sanding sugar.
- Switch to iced sugar cookies using royal icing, cookie glaze, or frosting with jimmies or sprinkles.
- Make bar cookies and decorate with icing like a flag, or alternating between stars and stripes on different cookie bars.
- Dip Oreos in white chocolate and then decorate with drizzle from red candy melts, sprinkles, star confetti, or other edible decorations.
What are some of your favorite 4th of July dessert recipes? Share your links or suggestions in our comments below.