Whether you are the host or the guest, these easy to make Fourth of July desserts for your holiday barbeque will make a sweet addition that all guests will enjoy. In the heat of the summer, deserts should be cool and refreshing, as well as easy to make!
One thing these easy Fourth of July desserts have in common is the color theme. Red, white and blue are the centerpiece for these desserts, as these are our country’s colors. If you are like me and do not eat artificial colors, you can get natural alternatives online or at your local Whole Foods supermarket.
Easy Fourth of July Desserts
American Flag Cake
This classic dessert has been around forever. You can bake the cake from a box mix or your favorite scratch recipe. The same can be said for the frosting-make your own or buy it already made.
Yellow or white cake baked in a rectangular pan
Strawberries, sliced thin
When the cake is cooled, frost the cake with the white icing. Place the blueberries in the upper left corner for the field of blue. Make red “stripes” with sliced strawberries.
Red, White and Blue Parfaits
Another easy to make 4th of July dessert is a parfait. There are many ways for you to make this delicious dessert.
Red gelatin (strawberry or raspberry)
Blue gelatin (blueberry)
Whipped topping or whipped cream
Fresh raspberries, strawberries and blueberries
Prepare the red gelatin and pour on third into each parfait glass. Lay on a tilt and chill in the refrigerator. Repeat with blue gelatin. Fill the last third with whipped topping orwhipped cream. If you use strawberry gelatin, top with sliced strawberries. If you used raspberry gelatin, top with raspberries. Add blueberries to either one.
Patriotic Pudding Pie
Keebler Pie Shell-any flavor
Chocolate or Vanilla instant pudding mix (plus ingredients to make it)-your choice of flavor
Whipped topping-8 ounce size
Red and Blue food coloring
Prepare the pudding according to the package directions. Pour into empty pie shell and put into the refrigerator to chill. When the pudding is set, pour on whipped topping. Drop a few dots of red and blue food coloring and swirl gently with a knife until you have a red, white and blue marbled effect.
Red, White and Blue Pinwheel Cookies
Want a cookie with pizzazz that can be made ahead of time? This recipe for Play Dough Cookies was found on a great mommyblog I follow called “The Secret of Success is Support”. Instead of using pastel colors, use red and blue and leave the other batter without coloring. To make the fourth ball of dough, I would alternate which cookie got two of the same color.
To make this cookie even more of a dessert treat, I would stick in lollipop sticks and make giant cookie lollipops. It can easily be made into a centerpiece by placing the sticks in floral foam inside a planter.
Make Your Own Sundaes
It’s July. It’s hot. Summer and ice cream go together! This very easy Fourth of July dessert will be a hit at your barbeque for kids and adults!
Strawberry ice cream
Blueberry ice cream
Vanilla ice cream
Red, white and blue sprinkles
White chocolate chips
Blue and red sugar
Red, white and blue M&M’s
Any red, white and blue themed candy that will be in stores for the holiday
Set up your sundae station and let everyone enjoy making their own Fourth of July specialty!
These easy to make Fourth of July desserts for your barbeque will be appreciated by your guests. All of them are cool and refreshing!