Nothing says U.S. independence like quirky town parades, booming fireworks overhead (or in your driveway), patriotism as a valid excuse for daytime boozing, and loads of red-white-and-blue 4th of July desserts.
Now, we get it: you’re already 100% decked out in stars and stripes from your bikini, tank, and shorts to your sandals, tote, and nails. Who has time for decorative dessert?
Hear us out. What’s the fun of 4th of July if it’s not to go excessively overboard on patriotism? Come on now… your neighbor has 5 flags and a celebratory welcome mat. Don’t let her one-up you. Here are 7 creative 4th of July desserts fit to impress dear old Uncle Sam.
The Sweet Taste of Victory: Sweet 4th of July Desserts
We think the best Independence Day desserts should match our clothes: red, white, and blue!
1) American Flag Cake
Wow your guests with this artistic, mouth-watering, fruity & creamy cake.
- 1 box of white cake mix
- 8 oz. of cream cheese
- 9 oz. of whipped topping
- 3 Tbsp of powdered sugar
- 1 pint of blueberries
- 1 pint of raspberries
- Prepare the cake mix as indicated. Once baked, allow to cool.
- While cooling, use a mixer to blend the powdered sugar, whipped topping, and cream cheese together.
- Use this to frost the cake.
- Decorate the top with blueberries and raspberries to model the American flag.
2) Firework Cookies
Firework shows are a classic 4th of July favorite, so you better add these to the assortment!
- A dozen of your favorite sugar cookies, either baked or store-bought
- Red and blue sugar sprinkles
- White frosting
- Several bags of Pop-Rocks candy
- Bake or open your cookies and frost them.
- Sprinkle with the sprinkles then the Pop-Rocks.
- With each bite, there will literally be an explosion of taste!
Irresistible & Healthy 4th of July Desserts
Holiday eating doesn’t have to end with bloating and regret! These healthy 4th of July desserts never sacrifice flavor.
3) Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad
This fruit salad is super simple to whip up and always a hit.
- 1 pint of hulled strawberries
- 1 pint of blueberries
- 4 bananas
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- Mix the blueberries and strawberries together.
- Cover in sugar and lemon juice.
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Slice the banana, mix with the other fruit, and garnish with a bit of whipped cream.
4) Berry Parfaits
In a matter of minutes, this popular dessert will be ready to go.
- 1 pint blueberries
- 1 pint hulled strawberries
- Whipped topping
- Use plastic punch cups and layer the fruit between the whipped topping.
- Alternate blue, white, and red.
- Top with a dollop of whip and keep it cool for best results.
4th of July Drinks Count, too!
Who says sangria isn’t a dessert? Not us.
5) July 4th Sangria
- 1 bottle of dry white wine
- 1 1/2 cups of hulled strawberries
- 1 sliced star fruit
- 3/4 cup of blueberries
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- 15 maraschino cherries
- 1/2 cup pomegranate schnapps
- Club soda
- Grab a large glass pitcher. (If you don’t have one, you can find them online at Target, Amazon, or Overstock.)
- Fill with everything but the club soda and allow it to refrigerate overnight.
- To serve, fill glasses with ice then fill 2/3 of the way with sangria.
- Top with club soda, stir, and sip!
4th of July Desserts for the Kiddos
Whether you have your own little munchkins or your cousin is bringing over her 3 high-energy kids, you’d better have some treats to keep them happy and entertained!
6) Patriotic Pops
This treat may be at the kids table, but don’t be surprised if adults start picking them up, too!
- 12 disposable cups, 5 oz. each
- 12 popsicle sticks
- 1 cup of whipped cream
- 1 cup of vanilla yogurt
- 2 cups each of red cranberry juice and blue soft drink. (TIP: Healthy alternative to a blue soft drink – try using white grape juice with natural food dyes. We like: India Tree Natural Decorating Colors at Amazon.)
- Fill a third of each cup with blue drink.
- Freeze for about 40 minutes. Mix the whipped cream and yogurt together.
- Remove the cups from the freezer and fill the next third with the white mixture.
- Place a popsicle stick in each cup, freeze for about 40 minutes then fill the rest of each cup with the red drink.
- Freeze until solid, tear the cup away and enjoy!
7) Layered Red, White, and Blue 4th of July Drinks
Kids love this cute layered drink!
- 1 cup of cranberry juice
- 1 cup of Sobe Pina Colada drink
- 1 cup of Blue Gatorade or white grape juice with natural food dye (see above India Tree brand)
- The trick here is to layer the drink correctly.
- Start by filling a glass a third of the way with cranberry juice.
- Fill with ice until level with the liquid.
- Slowly pour the next layer, the Sobe Pina Colada, on top.
- Again, fill with ice.
- Finally, the G2 Gatorade or alternative blue drink.
If done correctly, you will see red, white, and blue layers the kids will adore!