An Explosion of 4th of July Desserts

I’ve made many 4th of July desserts the over the years. Here’s a guide to everything from red-white-blue cupcakes to patriotic ice cream.

These cupcakes are my favorite dessert so far. I love the red, white and blue cake, and sparklers on top. You can find the recipe in this post.

cupcakeI love making flag cakes! I was inspired by the Barefoot Contessa recipe. I used her icing recipe, but the yellow cake inside is a boxed mix.

flag cake

These patriotic cookie bars are so good. I love how easy they are compared to rolling out actual sugar cookies and using cookie cutters. Here’s the recipe I used and I added some patriotic sprinkles to the batter. You can find the sprinkles at Target or a cake supply store.

cookie barsWe used to make a lot of homemade ice cream; that is before our cat knocked over the ice cream maker’s plastic cover. Now I just resort to buying it. But before that happened, Sophie and I made this patriotic cake batter ice cream. Here’s the post that has the recipe.
ice-creamI know a lot of people are not big Jello fans, but these stars are just too cute not to make. They would be a fun dessert for little kids too. Here’s the recipe. 

jello starsHave a great 4th of July!

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