To kick off the Fourth of July, I've compiled some of my favorite ideas for desserts, along with links to the recipes. I still haven't decided what I'm making, but I think ice cream will definitely be on the menu!
Everyone loves pie...how about an Old Glory themed pie! This beautiful and whimsical pie is made with cherries and blueberries:
Use small fondant cutters or a knife to create the stars and stripes!
Of course Martha has a whole slew of amazing looking desserts and recipes. This one was one of my favorites. Shortcake is always yummy!
You can always go the cake route for something a bit more traditional. Dying cake batter in different colors and baking it together (a la the Rainbow Cake) is becoming very popular and it super easy to do. I won't give a recipe to this one, since you can use whatever cake recipe you like (or cheat and use a box mix); all you need to do is portion it out and use food coloring to dye it according to your wishes.
Photo from Taste of Home.com
If you're trying to go for a healthier take on 4th of July dessert, you can always try this fruity dish. You use a cookie cutter or knife to cut stars out of puff pastry, brush them with egg whites, then sprinkle sugar on top and bake them until golden. Serve with them a bowl of fruit and a non-fat yogurt dip and you have a simple, easy, and healthy dessert!
Photo also from Taste of Home.com
I hope these ideas inspire you to make something new or spice up your traditional Fourth sweets.