A delightful collection of delicious and adorable patriotic recipes that are perfect for Memorial Day, the 4th of July or any other patriotic event!
How do I soften butter?
The traditional way of softening butter is leaving however much you need for a recipe out at room temperature for long enough to soften. However, there are some other, quicker ways to soften butter such as: cutting up the butter, pounding the butter, beating the butter and if it comes to it, microwaving the butter. If microwaving, use the defrost setting for only about 15 sec. You don’t want your butter to melt!
Fun Patriotic Cookie Bars made with swirled red, white & blue icing making them perfectly festive! Easy sugar cookie bar recipe for 4th of July & Memorial Day. We’re a week away from 4th of July and I really wanted to make a simple, patriotic dessert for my family. These cute Patriotic Sugar Cookie Bars fit the bill! I made them the night before and let them sit overnight so that the icing would be set. Easy patriotic treat that everyone loved- you’ve got to make them! See the recipe for Patriotic Cookie Bars here.
PATRIOTIC COOKIE BARS
- Cookie Bars:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 2 cups flour
- Vanilla Icing Layer:
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 TBSP softened butter
- 2 TBSP milk
- Royal Icing Layer:
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 5 TBSP milk
- 2 TBSP corn syrup
- 1 tsp almond extract
- red and blue food coloring I use the Wilton Color Right bottles and they're amazing!
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Cream together sugar and butter. Add egg, sour cream and vanilla. Add flour, baking soda and salt to butter mixture, beat until smooth.
- Transfer dough to a 9x13 pan or quarter bakers sheet that's been sprayed with non-stick spray. Spread dough to edges and gently flatten until it's mostly even.
- Bake at 375 for 15 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting.
- Whisk vanilla icing together and spread the thin layer over the cookies. This gives the royal icing a smoother surface and makes it easier to marbleize the icing.
- Whisk royal icing ingredients together until smooth. Separate roughly 3 TBSP worth of icing each into 2 small bowls. Add a few drops of red coloring to one of the bowls and blue to the other. Stir until color is even. Transfer blue and red icing to separate baggies.
- Pour white icing onto the cookie bars and quickly spread over the entire surface, until smooth and even. Cut the corners of each of the baggies holding red and blue icing. Pipe red and blue lines of icing down the length of the cookie bars. Take a thin knife and swirl icing in even motions. Don't over-swirl or you'll start to see purple sections forming!
- Let cookie bars cool and set for several hours before cutting. Cut into squares and enjoy!
Super Simple 4th of July Cookies made with just 4 ingredients and NO BAKE! Easy red, white and blue cookies made with Milano cookies dipped in red and blue melting chocolate then sprinkled with gold stars. Made in just 15 minutes and they’re perfectly patriotic! I wanted to make some easy 4th of July Cookies that wouldn’t take much time and when I suddenly had this idea, I knew they’d be wonderful! Oh my word, I honestly can’t even begin to portray how SIMPLE these patriotic cookies are to make. EASY I tell you. I used the fridge to cool down my chocolate and they were done in under 20 minutes! Plus, how fun are they? Perfect for 4th of July, right?! Enjoy! See the recipe for 4th of July Cookies here.
We’re huge fans of Italian Cream Sodas at our house and make them often for festive occasions. On a whim I decided to make a blueberry-raspberry combination and everyone went crazy over how amazing they tasted! As a bonus too they’re super festive as the drink naturally separates into red, white and blue colors. It’s perfect for Memorial Day, 4th of July, or anytime you feel like being patriotic! See the recipe for Patriotic Red, White and Blue Italian Cream Sodas here.
I love making trifles because they look so fancy, but they are so easy to put together! I had never made one with red velvet cake before, but it is the perfect base for a patriotic dessert, especially when topped off with blueberries, raspberries and strawberries! I just used a boxed mix for the cake and it turned out to be an amazing dessert! See the recipe for Patriotic Red Velvet Trifle here.
I have been making this cake for so long I can’t even remember where I got the recipe from… But it’s so good and so easy – my favorite combination! Nate actually waits for the Spring and Summer to roll around so he can request this dessert while the berries are in season. You can use strawberries, raspberries, really any berries you are in the mood for – Mmmm! And since it’s so easy to make you can whip it up in no time but people will think you’ve slaved away – I won’t tell if you won’t! See the recipe for Almond Berry Angel Food Cake here.
Cool dessert are the best in the summer time so this pie really hit the spot at our last family dinner! It’s super fast to make and it was such a huge hit! It’s not overly sweet so topping it with hot fudge really adds a nice touch. This started out as a healthier berries and cream pie dessert but it just begged for chocolate on top, so I indulged. Half of my guests had it without the hot fudge and still loved it! See the recipe for Berries and Cream Pie with Hot Fudge here.
Strawberries and Cream Pie is one of those desserts that looks really fancy but only takes a few minutes to make and is absolutely delicious too! Strawberries and Cream Pie is one of my very favorite desserts because it is so easy to make and everyone just loves it! I’m not a very big fan of traditional pies, but I found this recipe a few years ago and it has become a family favorite for pie and non-pie fans alike! I have only used strawberries, but you can use any fruit or combination of fruit and I’m sure it would still be delicious. I think raspberries would be wonderful with this recipe…maybe I’ll try that next time. See the recipe for Strawberries and Cream Pie here.
This little treat is perfect for the 4th of July and comes together so easily. Although it’s definitely a dessert, I like the fact that it’s fairly healthy since it mostly consists of fruit juice and fresh fruit! See the recipe for Double Berry Parfait here.
This delicious cake is a combination of angel food cake and buttery pound cake. It’s got a rich taste and a velvety texture. It’s perfect topped with the sweetened cream and fresh berries. Don’t forget the chocolate drizzle on top! See the recipe for Berries and Cream Cupcakes here.
Strawberries & Cream Poke Cake is the perfect light and refreshing dessert for any gathering with family and friends – it is delicious and so pretty! Strawberries & Cream Poke Cake is a dessert that I knew my daughter would love – she loves strawberries! I served it for dessert at a family gathering and everyone raved about it. I love how easy it is to make as well. Enjoy! See the recipe for Strawberries and Cream Poke Cake here.
Fun & festive triple chocolate chunk cookie bars topped with red, white and blue candies perfect for the 4th of July or anytime you feel like being patriotic! They’re so simple to make and I love how festive they are. Krusteaz mixes are so easy to whip up- just add 1 cube of butter and an egg and you’re about done. Top with a perfectly sweet homemade frosting and red, white and blue candies and you’ve got a delicious dessert perfect for any party or get together. See the recipe for Patriotic Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars here.
I found these darling cupcake wrappers and flags at the Dollar Store and from that point I was on a mission to make some patriotic cupcakes! I didn’t want to use a ton of food coloring though because honestly, I don’t like the taste of it. So I improvised and came up with these beauties! The best part? They taste incredible- and they’re still super festive! I’ll show you how to make them- it’s so simple. Scroll down to see a quick video of the recipe as well! See the recipe for Red, White and Blue Swirl Cupcakes here.
I’m a huge fan of marshmallows, so I take every opportunity to create a simple dessert that includes them. I used my Easter Marshmallow Bark as inspiration. That and I saw these darling red, white and blue Star Marshmallows at Walmart and knew I needed to make something with them! Like most chocolate barks, this recipe is super easy and super fast. See the recipe for Patriotic Marshmallow Bark here.
There’s never a bad reason to have cheesecake, and these red white and blue mini cheesecakes are perfect any day of the year, but especially right now as you’re planning out your fourth of July barbecues and picnics. These mini cheesecakes are super simple to make and they couldn’t be any more adorable and perfect for the Fourth of July. See the recipe for Red, White and Blue Mini Cheesecakes here.
The delicious dessert known as a Strawberry and Cream Napoleon is of French origin and is also known as mille-fueille, or “a thousand leaves.” It consists of puff pastry cooked and cut into squares, with layers of fresh cream and strawberries and is topped with powdered sugar and more fresh strawberries. There are also other versions that are savory, but today I am excited to share this sweet Strawberry and Cream Napoleon recipe. It is so easy to make, and your guests will all be happily surprised when you serve them this. See the recipe for Strawberry and Cream Napoleon here.
Fireworks sugar cookie cake can be your star spangled, patriotic dessert on Memorial Day or the 4th of July! This easy cookie cake recipe is full of red, white, and blue deliciousness! See the recipe for Fireworks Sugar Cookie Cake here.
This red, white, and blue ice cream pie is creamy, crunchy, and colorful. It’s always a crowd please are so impressive looking. It’s surprisingly easy to make using store-bought granola and ice cream, and easy to make vegan or gluten-free if desired. See the recipe for Red, White and Blueberry Ice Cream Pie here.
This Fresh Berry Vanilla Layered Cake is light, fruity and the perfect dessert for sharing! It’s also easy to make and with the red and blue, it’s prefect for the Fourth of July! In the case of this cake, I used strawberries and blueberries and made a big beautiful berry flower on top of the berry-filled cake. I was totally in love with the look of it. So bright, beautiful and summery. See the recipe for Fresh Berry Vanilla Layered Cake here.
I am so excited to share one of my favorite and very festive summer recipes, 4th of July Fruit Kabobs. I brought these treats to a party last summer and they were such a hit. Not only are these kabobs adorable, but they are also healthy – a clear win for team Mom. See the recipe for Patriotic Firework Fruit Kabobs here.
This simple Summer Berry Cheesecake Salad recipe comes together with just 5 ingredients. Rich and creamy cheesecake filling is folded into your favorite berries to create the most amazing fruit salad ever! Your family will go nuts over it. See the recipe for Summer Berry Cheesecake Salad here.
These Patriotic Rice Krispie Treats will get you and the kiddos in the mood for yummy summer-time treats. Did you know that Rice Krispie Treats can be made in the microwave? They’re so simple to make that way and since there’s no stove necessary the kids can help too. See the recipe for Patriotic Rice Krispie Treats here.
Try these easy red, white, and blue Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries for a healthier patriotic dessert! These cheesecake stuffed strawberries couldn’t be easier! I’ve seen so many versions out there. Some of which make you cut off the top and bottom of the strawberry and scoop out the centers. Why would you give yourself more work to do and waste yummy fruit like that?! Not me! See the recipe for Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries here.
Show your patriotism with this Firecracker Cake! The red, white, and blue runs inside and out!! Great for Memorial Day, the 4th of July or any occasion you want to share a little American pride! See the recipe for Firecracker Cake here.
Patriotic Oreo pops that are sure to impress your friends and family (but are totally quick and easy to make!)! See the recipe and tutorial for Patriotic Oreo Pops here.