There’s something so charming about red, white and blue-themed dishes during our patriotic holidays. It’s a fun, not to mention delicious, way to begin instilling in our children how special these holidays are, and to make them take notice when we take time out to celebrate our country. Don’t be surprised if the delicious dishes below become a family favorite – a tradition your kids will request year after year. Huge thanks to our guest blogger, Kingsland mom Marissa Velasquez, who created these recipes.
The 4th of July is such a fun summer holiday filled with barbeques, fireworks, parades and get-togethers. If you happen to be attending a 4th of July party and have been tasked with making dessert, you may be wondering what you should bring. I have come up with two very unique desserts that everyone will love! Kids will devour them and adults will appreciate how festive they are… they are also very likely to chow down on them too! Did I mention how easy they are to make!? Easy is key when you just want to go have fun in the sun- right?!
First up, we have S’mores Firecracker Cookies Sandwiches. These have been kid (and adult) approved, and were completely gone after our last gathering. This special dessert takes the idea of a s’more to a whole new level- two sugar cookies smeared with melted chocolate and marshmallow, squished together. These are great for families because they are totally kid-safe, as there is no open flame required. Dare I say, I might even like these better than the original s’more?! You be the judge, make them for your self:
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Red and Blue Sprinkles
Cream together the butter, vanilla and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the flour in small amounts, until you have stiff dough which can be rolled.
Turn dough onto floured surface and pat or roll out to 1/4″ thickness. Cut into circles (a biscuit cutter works great- stars would be great for this occasion too!) and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle the toppings on each cookie and bake at 325° for approximately 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool completely.
- Jumbo Marshmallows
- 1 cup chocolate chips
Melt chocolate chips in microwave for one minute, adding 20 second increments if they are not fully melted. Smear chocolate on half of the cookies, set aside for at least an hour, letting chocolate set.
Melt marshmallows in the microwave (I did 3-4 at a time for about 20 seconds each on a paper plate). They will be gooey so using a knife to scrape them off a plate and onto the chocolate-covered cookies is a good idea. Take a cookie without chocolate on it and press both sides together. Now you are ready to enjoy!
Next, we have Patriotic Mini Pies! Nothing says summer and Fourth of July quite like pie does, but a big old slice of pie can be messy for kids to eat. I wanted to make pies easier for kids to handle and more portable for all those parties you may be traveling to too- my solution, muffin tin pies! Making pie in a muffin tin is so easy and a great way to have individual servings of pie for a party. No more worrying about cutting pieces of pie, just take your portion and you are good to go!
*Note: I took the incredibly easy approach to this recipe, buying everything store bought. If you want to get adventurous and make your own dough and filling- go for it!
What you will need:
- 1 box of store bought pie crust
- 1 can of cherry pie filling
- 1 can of blueberry pie filling
- 1 egg white
Roll out your pie dough and cut out circles that will fit into your muffin tin. I actually used a wine glass to get the perfect sized circle for my muffin tin, so just play around with what you have in your kitchen. Save the scraps of pie dough for decorations! Gently press each circle into the tin.
Fill dough with cherry and blueberry filling. If you are going for the American flag look, remember you will need more cherries than blueberries.
Now for the fun part, cutting out the decorations to top each mini pie with. You will need two “strips” for each cherry pie and a star for each blueberry. Use your knife skills to cut these out, or use a mini star cookie cutter (I did not have one and had to rely on my steady hand- came out ok, would have been better with cookie cutter).
Brush the egg white over the top of each pie making sure to brush the crust really well and bake in a 400 degree oven for 12-15 minutes or until crusts have turned golden brown. Arrange them to mimic the American flag on a rectangular tray. Serve with a side of ice cream or whipped cream!
Hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July and are able to enjoy one (or both) of these yummy and oh-so-patriotic desserts. Stay cool too!
Happy Fourth All!
Marissa is a teacher turned stay-at-home-mom/military housewife who loves to cook, craft, plan events, and dress to impress…all while sticking to a budget and chasing after an active toddler! She likes to show others with her same interests or those who are in her same situation that you can “do it all” – or at least, do whatever it is that makes you happy in life while being a mom, wife and watching your finances.