Four Fun Fourth of July Recipes!

4th desserts

The Fourth of July, one of America’s favorite holidays, is quickly approaching! Besides the relaxing boat rides, unique family traditions, and magnificent fireworks, the food never disappoints on this holiday. This Fourth of July, show all your friends and family your culinary skills by bringing one or more of these delightfully festive red, white and blue desserts to your family barbecue or lakeside day. But beware: taste your delicious treat before bringing to the party because there surely won’t be any leftovers.

Red, White and Blue Cake Ball Cake

Ingredients:

1 box of your favorite cake mix (any flavor)

1 container Whipped Vanilla Frosting

1 (14 oz) bag red candy melts

1 (14 oz) white candy melts

1 cup of blue candy melts (from 14 oz box)

Red, white, and blue sprinkles (if desired)

Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare and bake the cake mix as it says on the box, and let it cool completely. Then, line a cookie sheet with wax paper. After the cake has cooled, crumble it up into a large bowl and add the frosting, combining well. Using a one-inch scoop, place the cake balls onto the cookie sheet. Freeze for forty-five minutes, and then transfer them to the fridge.
  2. In a microwavable bowl, microwave the red candy melts on high for 1 minute and 30 seconds, and stir. Continue this same pattern in fifteen-second increments until they are completely melted. Remove a few balls from the fridge and dip them in the red candy coating using two forks. Place them on the cookie sheet and sprinkle them if you wish. Make sure to dip 28 balls in red. Repeat the same melting instructions for the white and blue candy coating as well, making 23 white balls and the remaining 12, blue.
  3. Put all of the finished cake balls in the fridge for at least ten minutes. After they cool, arrange them into a flag pattern on a serving tray covered in wax paper. Enjoy!

 

IMG_4732Berry Yogurt Parfait

Ingredients:

4 cups plain or Greek Yogurt

4 cups of your favorite granola

4 cups of Raspberries and Blueberries

8 tablespoons honey

Red, White or Blue tube icing

I package of clear solo cups (any size)

1 container of Red, White or Blue plastic Spoons

Directions:

  1. Line up a few of the clear plastic solo cups on a flat surface. Spoon 2 tablespoons of yogurt into each glass and smooth it off as best as you can. Then spoon 1 tablespoon of granola overtop the yogurt, and smooth it out as well. Add about five Raspberries over the granola, and then add a little more yogurt, but leave enough room for the blueberries. Add enough blueberries to the already stacked ingredients, but make sure it is not overflowing.
  2. Finally, spritz up the Fourth of July factor by drizzling on some of the tubed icing in a zigzag motion. Repeat this process for as many solo cups as you desire, and add drizzles of honey as desired to amp up the taste. Here you have a red, white and blue yogurt parfait that is sure to please the eye and the taste buds!

White Chocolate Covered Strawberries

 

IMG_4744Ingredients:

2 containers fresh strawberries

1, 12oz bag white chocolate chips

1 container blue sprinkles

2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil

Parchment paper

Directions:

  1. First, wash all the strawberries very well. Set out a long sheet of parchment paper on top of a cookie sheet, and place something heavy on the ends of the paper to set it in place. Then melt the chocolate. To do this, put the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl with 2 tablespoons of the canola or vegetable oil. Cook them on full power for 20-second intervals, stirring them each time. Stop microwaving them when most of them are melted, but not all of them. Stir until you reach a smooth consistency throughout.
  2. Next, dip a strawberry into the melted white chocolate and place on a parchment paper. Immediately after, sprinkle the very tip of the strawberry with blue sprinkles to achieve a red, white and blue strawberry! Repeat this process until you run out of strawberries or white chocolate.
  3. Finally, place the strawberries in the fridge to allow the melted chocolate to settle completely onto the strawberry. After leaving them in the fridge for around one hour, arrange them in an attractive way on a serving plate and set out on the long wooden table for friends and family to devour!

Finally, if you just don’t have a lot of spare time this Fourth of July, but still want to offer your friends and family a dessert to gobble, this last recipe is time friendly yet still tastes just as delicious.

Delectable Fruit Bowl

Ingredients:

1/2 Watermelon

1 small container blueberries

1 small container raspberries

1 container strawberries

1 teaspoon stevia

1 container Cool Whip (if you wish)

1 container tooth picks.

  1. For this recipe, be sure to wash all the fruit first, and cut up the watermelon into desired sized pieces. Then place them in a              serving bowl and mix it up to create an appealing array of red and blue fruits! Sprinkle the teaspoon of sugar over the fruit. To add a slight sweet tooth factor, place a container of Cool whip into an attractive container and place it next to the fruit along with a container of tooth picks. This way, friends and family can dip their festive fruit into a dessert like sauce. Everyone is sure to love an old-fashioned fruit dessert that tastes just as yummy as the iced cookies next to it.

Anyone of these four July Fourth recipes is bound to please friends and family. These recipes are scrumptious and will attract any hungry eaters. Show off your baking and art skills with these recipes and let everyone’s taste buds celebrate this Fourth of July!

 

Photo Credit: Michelle Baker

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