Rain or shine, the 4th of July can be one of the best days of the summer. And whether you’re spending the day at the beach or kicking back in the backyard this year, it’s easy to dazzle your friends and family with the perfect patriotic dessert.
In fact, here are a few of our sweet and simple favorites, fit for any star-spangled celebration:
7 Red, White & Blue Desserts
- Brownie Star Tart. Fresh strawberries. Juicy blueberries. Creamy swirls and twirls of whipped topping. This decadent brownie tart is the perfect way to share your pride in the red, white and blue.
So pretty and patriotic, right?
- Absolutely Almond Trifle. Classic and creamy, this red-white-and-blue trifle is always a showstopper. And if you’re inviting over a few friends, it works great to layer this dessert in mason jars for mini trifles, too!
Prefer to lighten it up a bit? Try this easy and light variation, featuring fewer calories with the same fresh, summery flavors: Lightened Almond Pound Cake Trifle.
- Star-Spangled Pie. Loaded with fresh summer berries, this pretty pie was the hit of our family picnic last year. And it’s really easy to make!
- Red, White & Blue Cupcakes. For a wow-worthy dessert, stir up these sparkling cupcakes, topped with dipped strawberries and sugar sprinkles.
- Patriotic Brownie Bites. Fun. Festive. Foolproof. With sweet raspberries, blueberries and a dollop of cream cheese frosting, these beautiful, bite-sized brownies are perfectly poppable.
- Star Cake Pops. Have a crafty streak? Try these charming, star-shaped cake pops. Everyone will think they came from a professional bakery or pastry shop!
- Patriotic Whoopie Pies. And last but not least, put your hands (and a couple cookies) together for these patriotic, oh-so-pillowy whoopie pies.
See the full recipe here > Or check out the step-by-step tips and photos below.
How to Make Your Patriotic Whoopie Pies
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350°F. Combine Absolutely Almond Pound Cake Mix™, 1 egg, ½ cup (1 stick) melted butter and ¼ cup water.
Step 2: Color Divide the batter equally between two medium bowls. Add a few drops of red gel food coloring to one bowl, stirring until the batter until it reaches your preferred shade of red.
Add a few drops of blue gel food coloring to the other batter, stirring until it reaches your desired shade of blue.
Step 3: Roll the red dough into 1-1½ -inch balls and place ‘em on a greased baking sheet. (The cookies will spread a little bit, so don’t place them too close together!) Bake 10-12 minutes; cool. Repeat with blue dough; bake 10-12 minutes and let cool completely.
Step 4: Fill
Spread the bottom of each red cookie with a spoonful of canned, whipped cream cheese frosting. Press a second blue cookie on top of filling to create a sandwich. That’s it!
Bring on the red, white and blue … and have a safe and happy 4th!
Tips & Hints
- For the brightest and truest colors, use gel food coloring instead of liquid for your whoopie pies. I used super-concentrated food coloring paste from my local craft store to achieve really bold colors.
- Make mini whoopie pies by rolling your dough into smaller balls; just reduce your baking time by 2-3 minutes.
- Prefer a not-so-sweet filling? Substitute whipped topping in place of canned cream cheese frosting.
- For a little extra sparkle, roll the sides of your whoopie pies in red, white and blue sprinkles.