20 Star-Spangled Drink and Dessert Recipes for the Fourth of July

01st July, 2020

Explore an assortment of sweet treats and drinks to showcase not just your patriotism but also your culinary skills and festive cheer this Fourth of July.

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The Fourth of July is incomplete without fireworks, and we’re not just talking about the iridescent ones in the sky. That’s right. As the holiday weekend draws near, people across the country are gearing up to celebrate in the best way possible — by putting out a feast! From red, white, and blue colored cookies to ice-cold spritzers, popsicles, and other sweet delights, the list of foods to choose from is endless. To make your decision easier, we bring you the 20 best Fourth of July recipes you can make right at home and celebrate in style.

1. A slice of freedom pie please

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We’re partnering with @hudsonville_ic to bring you a fun 4th of July dessert that the whole family can make and enjoy together! ???????? Use their Limited Edition ice cream flavor American Fireworks to make a red, white and blue ice cream pie! ???? Link to the recipe in my bio @beth_thefirstyear ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #4thofjulyfood #icecreampie #hudsonville #michiganblogger #foodblogger #dessertblogger #bakinggoals #feedfeed #baking #huffposttaste #foodgawker #food52 #dessertlover #sweettooth #treatyoself #MyAllRecipes #instayum #mysouthernliving #buzzfeed #bhgfood #f52grams #dessertoftheday #foodblogfeed #foodphotography #thefirstyearrecipes https://thefirstyearblog.com/4th-of-july-ice-cream-pie/

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Made with a buttery graham cracker crust and topped with a festive filling of American Fireworks ice-cream by Hudsonville, this Fourth of July special confectionary certainly boasts a flavorful explosion in your mouth. The crumbly crust cuts right through the sweet and sour flavors of the ice-cream. Check out this popular limited edition recipe by Beth Baumgartner (@beth_thefirstyear) on her website thefirstyearblog.com.

2. Desserts as light as air

Macaroons simply melt in your mouth and are really easy to make. So why not make flag-colored ones for the holiday weekend to truly commemorate the Fourth of July celebrations? Resident surgeon and passionate baker Anwuli Anyah (@mom_wife_surgeon) shares her patriotic macaroon recipe on her own blog, momwifesurgeon.com. These cream-filled confectionaries will most definitely be whisked (get it?) right off the baking tray.

3. The OG cookie monster is waiting for one

Chef and mommy Annette Belnap (@tipsfromamom) is continuing the proud, and dare we say long-standing, tradition of baking red, white and blue treats for Independence Day. With the holiday weekend around the corner, her recipe for colorful cake mix sandwich cookies is gaining a lot of popularity on social media. Explore these rich cream-filled confectionaries to sweeten your day and the ensuing memories.

4. Cupcake surprise

Don’t judge a cupcake by its appearance as the first bite reveals the real goodness. What follows is a burst of flavors brought to you by popular food blogger and enthusiast Anne de Graaf (@anne_travel_foodie), all the way from the Netherlands. She playfully refers to these sweet delights as peek-a-boo cupcakes, filled with the red, white and blue sprinkles ready to surprise desserts lovers.

5. No bake lasagna goodness

For all the dessert aficionados out there, this white chocolate lasagna brought to you by @lemonbabydesigns is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday weekend. It’s got all the right colors, the flavors, and the best part, you won’t need an oven to make this creamy delight. The recipe calls for layers of freshly made cheesecake, blueberry jello, and whipped cream, to complete all the colors on the American flag.

6. Beach body motivation

7. A fresh bite full of flavor

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How about swapping out your store-bought pie for this whole food goodness. Just 4 ingredients: . ????Watermelon ????Feta ????Blueberries, and ????Mint . Such a great idea compliments of @rachelschultzzz (she’s got other great recipes and design ideas, so check her out!). Delicious and just gorj to put out on your 4th of July table. I know I'll be doing this next year!♥️???????????????????? . . ????Sharing is caring! Have any friends who need to hear this? Tag them on this post so we can all #knowbetterdobetter . ????Sign up for my newsletter so that you never miss a post (tap on link in my bio & then on this same post) . . . . . #4thofjulyhealthyrecipes #4thofjulyrecipes #healthy4thofjuly #eatwholefood http://bit.ly/360DegreesOfWellnessNews #healthieroptions #healthierchoices #fitfam #processedfood #cleaneating #healthyeating #healthyfoodchoices #smarteatingchoices #healthylifestyle #itsnotadietitsalifestyle #newtritionny #newtritionnewyou #newyou #eattherainbow #fitgirlfood #bikinibody #healthydesserts #4thofjulydesserts #happyindependenceday #4thofjuly #fruitporn #healthyfoodporn #sweetandsavory

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Four ingredients and a couple of minutes are all you need to quickly whip up a healthy fourth of July snack with minimum prep. Nutritionist Victoria Gregory (@newtritionnny) brings you this amazing, fresh combination of watermelon, feta, blueberries, and mint leaves to munch on, holiday weekend or long-dreaded Monday. Once you have one, don’t be surprised if you find yourself reaching out for a bite every other minute.

8. Rum along ya’ll

Summer blues getting you down already? How about a snazzy rum concoction for some festive cheer? This layered drink totally meets the weekend theme and is just the right amount of boozy to get you going. Check out this cool drink on Pamela and John’s (@rum_therapy) blog and learn a few other neat cocktails for the party you’re going to want to host.

9. Pina colada with a patriotic twist

10. Bold and beautiful flavors

11. Start the day right

This overnight prepped breakfast is an ideal start to the Fourth of July. Another stellar recipe by Leah Bergman (@freutcake) that is healthy, tasty, and the perfect combination of red berries, white cream, and blueberries mixed with a cold bowl of almond milk oats. A dash of vanilla essence helps amp up the flavors and the best part is it requires zero effort in the morning.

12. Trifecta of flavors

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There may not be any ???? this year, but we're still celebrating the 4th of July! ???????? My husband's ???? birthday is the 7th so it's always an extra special holiday for us. We'll be gathering with family and some friends over the long weekend and eating ALL the cookout food. But the weather is steamy and ain't nobody turning on the oven over here. You don't have to either ~ treat your guests to this ah-mazing no bake Toasted Coconut Icebox Cake and it will be the ⭐ of the party! Recipe on my blog. Link in bio. ???? How are you spending July 4th? Thank you @carrieincleveland for the gorgeous dessert plates! _________ #iceboxcake #coconutcake #nobakedessert #summerfood #4thofjulyrecipes #4thofjuly #july4th2020 #july4th #recipeoftheday #holiday #holidaybaking #picnicfood #glutenfreerecipes #quarantinelife #CLEblogger #socialdistancing #stayathome #IndependenceDay #foodpicoftheday #clevelandblogger #foodblogger #foodstagram #eatdrinkcleveland #eatdrinkclevelandrecipe

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No fireworks outside this time? Worry not as this simple holiday weekend snack is bursting with flavors on your plate. Check out the no-bake toasted coconut icebox cake made with cookies, fresh raspberries and blueberries, and topped with whipped cream and shredded coconut. This amazing dessert is available on the EatDrinkCleaveland’s blog (recipe by @carrieincleaveland). As they say, the dessert is the most important part of a meal!

13. Peanut butter berry pizza

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????????This ???????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????? ???????????????????????? ???????????????????? ???????????????????? is Super YUMMY AND Super Easy to make! ????????⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Your kids will love it!! ????⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ????I used a pack of pre-made peanut butter cookie dough for the base and rolled it out in a pizza shape and baked according to the package instructions. (If you have a peanut allergy, you could also use sugar cookie dough). ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ????When it was done, I drizzled melted peanut butter on top. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ????Once it cooled, I added a container of CoolWhip and topped it off with festive blueberries and strawberries. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ????OH and of course, my daughters added sprinkles! ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ????Have you tried Fruit Flag Pizzas yet? ⁣⁣ Leave me a comment below. ????‍♀️⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ????????I have a feeling we’ll be making a few more of these before July 4th. Lol ????⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ My girls loved it! ????⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ If you make one, be sure to tag me @OurSuttonPlace and use #SuttonPlaceHappy – I’d love to see what you come up with! ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ XO⁣⁣ Shana ⁣⁣ #OurSuttonPlace⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ .⁣⁣ .⁣⁣ .⁣⁣ #4thofjuly #4thofjuly???????????????? #4thofjulyrecipes #redwhiteandblue #starsandstripes #summerrecipes #flagpizza #flagcookies #4thofjulyfood #kidfriendly #festivefood #redwhiteblue #patrioticfood #patriotic #patrioticcake

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Peanut butter dough, whipped cream, and a handful of fresh berries are all you need to make this savory-sweet delight. Lifestyle blogger Shana (@oursuttonplace) shares this easy-to-make pizza and a slice simply ain’t gonna cut it! For those of you who don’t really like peanut butter, you can always switch to regular cookie dough for the base. You can mix and match toppings to your heart’s content and bake away!

14. Fit for the kings

15. Strawberry tidbits

If you are looking for an insta quick fix for Fourth of July tidbits, check out this easy recipe by @coffey_cleanish_eats. These are fresh strawberries dipped in white chocolate and topped with blue sprinkles, continuing the theme for the day. With almost zero prep, you can whip up a dozen of these sweet delights in a matter of minutes and serve fresh to the fam!

16. Spritz away the heat

Nothing like sipping on some cool spritzers on a hot day. And we could not think of a better way to sit back and enjoy an amazing beverage than as seen on Southernplate.com (@southernplate). Made with just blue Gatorade, Sprite Zero, and Cranberry juice, this is one for the books. No need for fancy equipment or blenders, simply pour the right consistency first to maintain the colors separately.

17. Pudding in a cup

18. Trifling delicacy

Trifles are the easiest desserts you can make and come this holiday weekend, why not revisit the old Fourth of July trifle recipe explored by @ww.recipe.roundup? Simply layer up the whipped cream, cottage cheese, plain cake, blueberries, and strawberries to gently build the dessert. Grab a spoonful and make sure you get all the layers to enjoy this meticulously constructed beauty.

19. Ice pops anybody?

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Coolin' after a hot day celebrating Independence Day. ????⠀ ⠀ Ingredients:⠀ 1/2 lb strawberries hulled; halved⠀ 1 package Melissa's Organic Peeled and Steamed Red Beets⠀ 2 tablespoons Melissa's Organic Blue Agave Syrup⠀ 2 Melissa's Sweet Young Coconuts water reserved⠀ meat reserved from 1 coconut⠀ 1/2 to 1 cup water⠀ 16 oz. package fresh blueberries⠀ popsicle molds⠀ popsicle sticks⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Directions: ⠀ ???? Blend the strawberries, beets and agave with 1/2 cup of water until smooth, adding water slowly, if needed, to make the mixture pour easily. Fill the molds 1/3 of the way and freeze for 1 hour.⠀ ???? Blend 1/2 of the reserved coconut water and all of the coconut meat until smooth. ???? Fill the molds another 1/3 of the way. Place the sticks in the molds and freeze for another hour.⠀ ???? Place the whole blueberries in the last 1/3 of the molds and pour coconut water to cover the blueberries. Freeze overnight.⠀ ???? Remove the pops from the molds by running warm water over the mold until the pops release. Makes about 16 pops.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #fourthofjulyrecipes #eats #recipes #fourthofjuly #fourthofjulydesserts #popsicles #paletas #summertime #summer #chillout #summertreats #beattheheat #summervibes #kidfriendly #healthyrecipes #diyrecipes #foodphotoaday #beautifulfood #rainbowfood #eattherainbow #cleanrecipes #thefeedfeed #thekitchn

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As Americans across the country rejoice, you can have your own popsicle party scene going on in the backyard. Check out this sweet and uber-cool ice pop that you can make using fresh produce to beat the heat. Every bite of this will take you through a new street in flavortown. Check out the recipe on @Melissasproduce’s Instagram profile and try a test batch today.

20. Lemony delights

These lemon tarts topped with fresh berries are the perfect way to celebrate the holiday weekend. Or even make any random weekend more special TBH. This Fourth of July, explore a wonderful confectionary by Danielle (@livebakewelloften) and treat your family to a light scrumptious snack that screams patriotism and oozes buttery flavorful goodness. Check out Danielle’s blog for the full recipe now.