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Red, White, and Blue Recipes for July 4th

If you somehow forget to eat patriotically-colored treats on July 4, did you even celebrate our nation's birthday at all?

Margo Gothelf and Sarah Burns

Happy 4th of July! What better way to celebrate America's birthday with a sweet treat that's full of red, white, and blue spirit? This year, ditch the firecracker pops and opt for a homemade treat. No matter what you are craving, you'll find something super satisfying below!

Festive Red White and Blue Bark


The Chunky Chef

No matter your skill level in the kitchen, you'll be able to master this red, white, and blue chocolate bark. All you have to do is melt chocolate — seriously, it's that easy. Once your chocolate is melty and smooth, simply pour it over a cake pan and use a wooden skewer to make endless swirls. Top it off with some patriotic sprinkles for the perfect 4th of July treat. Save this idea for other holidays too, just swapping out the colors to match the occasion.

Firecracker Cake


Love Bakes Good Cakes

Capture the magic of your firework celebration in cake form with this firecracker cake from Love Bakes Good Cakes. The cake may look complicated, but it's actually pretty simple to put together. Want to know the secret? The batter is made from a box mix and uses food coloring to make the red, white, and blue layers. Save this treat for your firework show and let your tastebuds get in on the explosive celebration.

Fruit Sparklers


Tastes Better from Scratch

Watermelon is the most versatile treat in the summer. You can have it for breakfast in the summer, as a snack on a hot day, or for dessert to end the day with a juicy treat. Taste Better From Scratch goes the dessert route with watermelon and uses it to make fruit sparklers to celebrate the 4th of July. If you want to level up the sparklers and make them even more festive, add mini marshmallows in between the blueberries for the ultimate red, white, and blue treat.

Red, White and Blue(berry) Milkshakes


A Beautiful Mess

I've got three words for you: blueberry whipped cream. Yes, it might seem like an odd combo, but don't knock it before you try it. The blueberries not only give the whipped cream a fruity flavor, but also a bright blue color making them the perfect topping for these red, white, and blue milkshakes. Not a fan of blueberries? Keep the whipped cream on the side and sip away on the strawberry vanilla milkshake.

Snow Cone Cupcakes


A Beautiful Mess

Trick your eyes and treat yourself all at the same time with these adorable snowcone cupcakes. Unlike traditional snowcones, these treats won't melt away in the sun. The lookalike snowcones are actually vanilla cupcakes with red, white, and blue sugar crystals. The best part about these treats? You can enjoy them without all the sticky snowcone syrup dripping down your hand!

American Flag Pie


Sally's Baking Addiction

Fruit can sometimes be a hard sell when it comes to dessert. However, if you serve that fruit inside of a pie and top it with some ice cream, something tells me you won't have any trouble convincing your family to try it. This year, take blueberries, cherries, blackberries, and strawberries and combine them with some pie dough to make an American flag pie. Follow the tutorial over on Sally's Baking Addiction to see how she transforms the fruit and dough into an American flag. The finished product will almost look too good to eat.

Patriotic Chocolate Covered Strawberries


Princess Pinky Girl

Turn your patriotic dessert into a family craft project with these red, white, and blue chocolate-covered strawberries. Organize this dessert just like you would a craft project so everyone can get in on the decorating action. Melt the chocolate and fill up a few bowls with different 4th of July-themed sprinkles. Then let your kids get dipping! Stick to traditional layers on a few of the strawberries and keep a few to decorate a little out of the box. No matter what they look like, they will taste amazing.

Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches


Belle of the Kitchen

Ice cream sandwiches are the best kind of sandwich (sorry, grilled cheese!). Give your love of ice cream sandwiches a seasonal spin this 4th of July. Not only is this recipe pretty on the eyes, but it is also super simple to make. Simply grab some store-bought cookies and ice cream and sandwich the two together. Once everything is set, roll them through red, white, and blue sprinkles to add the finishing touches.

Red, White, and Blue Popsicles


The Best Ideas for Kids

Firecracker popsicles top the list when it comes to red, white, and blue desserts. This year, skip the store-bought treats and opt for a healthier homemade version. This refreshing recipe only needs three ingredients to come together — but it does take a little longer to make because of all of the layers, so make these treats a few days before July 4th. That way, you won't have to rush to make them, and they will look and taste just as good as store-bought.

Firecracker Cupcakes


Eating on a Dime

Fireworks and the 4th of July go hand in hand. You know what else goes hand in hand with America's birthday? These firecracker cupcakes. From the outside, these cupcakes might seem like a typical cupcake. However, after one bite, you'll see that they are filled with a surprise. Snack on these summer treats as you watch the fireworks on the 4th for surprises from every angle.

Patriotic Cake Batter Dip


Kleinworth & Co.

Get ready to meet your newest obsession in cake batter dip, the much sweeter cousin of savory chips and dip. The concept is pretty much the same, but instead of guac or onion dip, this dip tastes just like cake batter. The dip then gets topped with red, white, and blue sprinkles for a holiday twist. So, what do you use instead of chips? Kleinworth & Co use Nilla wafers to scoop up the creamy goodness, but just about any cookie will work. 

Fireworks Sugar Cookie Cake


Crazy for Crust

I don't know who the genius was that first transformed a cookie into a cake, but I do know that it has to be one of the best ideas of all time. This 4th of July, take the excellent mashup of a dessert and transform it into a birthday treat for America. This holiday dessert doesn't skimp when it comes to patriotic ingredients. The sugar cookie is filled with both red, white, and blue M&Ms and sprinkles, making sure there is a celebration in each bite.