Eight Great Dessert Ideas for Fourth of July

Thank goodness for the warm weather that is supposed to be coming our way just in time for the holiday weekend. If, like us, you're also hosting a family Fourth of July celebration, read on for some fun red, white and blue dessert ideas to include at this year's picnic table.


Remember the classic Jello Jigglers? These beautiful stained glass stars take us right back to the easy days of childhood when Jello Jigglers were the fun exception to playing with your food.  They may not be the most high falutin' dessert on the table, but they're pretty darn easy to make, gorgeous to look at and you most likely won't be hearing many complaints from the little ones. Check out Brown Eyed Baker for the full recipe.


Yep, it's true and your eyes are not playing tricks on you -- those are real life cupcake kabobs! To make these red, white and blue sugary beauties featured over on OC Moms, you'll need red velvet and white cake batter, marshmallows, a wee bit of blue food coloring, sprinkles and fruit such as strawberries, blueberries or raspberries. We can already see your kids' eyes lighting up at the mere thought of eating these patriotic kabobs after a full day of celebration.


Ever made fruit pizza before? Plum Pudding includes this great spin-off for a Fourth of July cookie flag cake and we could not be more excited to try this out at home. Just enough sweets to get the party started and yet enough fruit to keep it all in good measure! Megan notes that she chose to use kiwi, strawberries, blueberries and bananas -- though cherries or raspberries would also make for great red additions. Follow the link for the full recipe and tutorial.


Got a group that loves a little dipping action? Be sure to check out the recipe for these all-American white chocolate-covered strawberries on Grin and Bake It. And the greatest part about this Independence Day treat: Mom only has to worry about the initial prepping before letting everyone dip until their hearts are content. Quick and easy -- just the way we like it. Note: As strawberries are on the Environmental Working Group's "Dirty Dozen" list as one of the fruits and veggies that contains the most pesticides, consider buying organic.


Forget the store-bought candy bars this year and dare to make your own! We are absolutely in love with these red, white and blue raspberry homemade candy bars featured on Cherry Tea Cakes -- and we're sure the little ones won't be complaining much either. Made completely from scratch, these cool chocolate treats are sure to be an absolute hit (and celebrated surprise) at this year's Fourth of July gathering. Check out Cherry Tea Cakes for the full walk-through on creating these neat treats.


Need to chill out after a long day of family fun in the sun this Fourth? Consider making some delicious Independence Day popsicles like these ones featured on The Magic Onions. Simply blend up some strawberries, add in a layer of condensed milk, top them off with a layer of pureed fresh blueberries and, voila! -- you've got yourself some healthy yet tasty patriotic fruit pops. See the full walk-through for tips on freezing each layer and when to add the sticks.


Nothing beats a patriotic cupcake pop -- and we're sure the whole family will agree. These bite-size morsels are all the rage these days and it's easy to see why. For the itty bitty cupcake toppings, Bakerella chose to use blue M&Ms, red jimmies and white non-pareils. And though these patriotic bite-size "cuppies" (as everyone in our home calls them) may seem difficult to make, Bakerella offers up a super easy tutorial on how you, too, can make pint-sized pops with the best of them.


This has got to be one of the funnest (and the largest) Rice Krispie treat adventures that we've ever seen! All in all, Kelli over at Random Thoughts of a Supermom explains how she was able to create this cool edible flag for Fourth of July by making three half batches of the classic Rice Krispie treats and adding a little bit of food coloring. And for the flag's stars, she simply used a cookie cutter. Overall, this is one dessert that will be easy to stow for a trip to the park and one that is certainly large enough for everyone to fill up on some red, white and blue seconds.

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