This time of year, it seems like red, white and blue dessert recipes are a dime a dozen. All of the food companies want you to show up at the cookout with a cake topped with whipped cream, blueberries and strawberries.
There’s certainly nothing wrong with that — I’d be happy to dig into that dessert — but so many less typical July 4th-themed dessert recipes are out there that I thought I’d gather a few for your consideration.
From Snyder’s of Hanover, there are these fun Pretzel Rod Sparklers. Any kid would love to help you make these and any kid (or adult, for that matter) would be happy to chomp down on a white chocolate-coated pretzel spangled with colored sugar or little red and blue stars.
For a Super Bowl party a couple of years ago, when the New England Patriots were facing off against the New York Giants, I tested this recipe for individual cheesecakes. It was incredibly easy and the miniature cheesecakes were delicious, not to mention adorable when decorated with blueberries and strawberries. Yeah, it’s similar to that ubiquitous cake I mentioned above, but better.
Red, white and blue strawberries are a treat I’ve wanted to make ever since I first spotted it on Pinterest. It’s a patriotic twist on chocolate-dipped strawberries that involves dipping each fruit in white chocolate coating, then dipping the tip in blue sugar. You can make your own blue sugar at home by combining a cup of sugar with a couple of drops of blue food coloring in a plastic zipper-lock bag. Seal and squish the mixture around with your fingers until you achieve the desired hue. If it’s too dark, add more sugar.
Got a small, star-shaped cookie cutter? Slice a seedless watermelon into 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch slices, then cut out star shapes. Thread a bunch of blueberries on a skewer and top with the watermelon star. Repeat. It’s healthy and easy, and when it’s done it should look something like this.
Bake a blueberry or cherry pie, but instead of using a plain top crust, use a small star-shaped cookie cutter to cut shapes out of the crust. Lay these stars in rows on top of the pie, sealing gently around the edges. Similarly, you could cut out some strips and stars and try to assemble an American flag on top of the pie using the crust pieces. If it works out, the result may look something like the photos on this site.
Have you come across any fun patriotic dessert recipes, or do you already have a favorite?