Red, White and Blue Your Desserts
Here is a list of recipes to match with your holiday festivities. From cookies to cakes, these simple recipes will keep your holiday celebration going. Fashion each dessert with the nation’s colors. These recipes will be a sure thing to keep your family satisfied.
Use these recipes as a way to spend time with your family. Have fun mixing and creating and designing. This is a surefire way to get the grandkids in the kitchen. As always, use proper safety precautions. Have oven mitts handy. Be mindful of knives and other sharp objects. Be watchful of children by the oven.
Make each recipe a learning opportunity. The more fun you have with these, the tastier your concoction will be!
Sugar Star & Flag Cookies Recipe
1 cup softened butter
½ cup of softened cream cheese
2 cups of sugar
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon of salt
Combine the cream cheese, butter and sugar in a large bowl. Stir until the mix is light and frothy. Next, add the eggs, vanilla extract and lemon extract. Slowly pour in the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well.
Cool dough in the refrigerator for 2 hours. When you are ready to prepare the dough, preheat the oven 350 degrees.
Lightly flour a flat surface. Once it is cool and able to be molded, lay the dough on the flat surface. Flatten the dough until it is about ¼ inch thick.
Lightly flour your cookie cutters or knife. Cut out rectangles from the dough. On an ungreased baking sheet, place these rectangles 1 inch apart from each other. Place the tray in the oven. Bake for 10 minutes.
Once finished, take the tray out. Place the cookies on a wire rack. Let the cookies sit and cool for 30 minutes. Once cooled, grab red, white and blue icing. Decorate the cookies to match the U.S. flag. Or, if you are feeling creative, fashion a star with one color and use the other two as background colors.
A Quick Red, White and Blue Pound Cake
1 package of pound cake mix
Water or milk
Preheat the oven 350 degrees.
Grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan or cake pan.
Combine the water or milk, eggs and cake mix in a medium-sized bowl. If using a mixer, stir for 30 seconds in low speed. Follow this with 3 minutes on medium speed. If you are mixing by hand, beat for 4 minutes.
Once finished, pour the mixture into the baking pan. Place the pan in the oven and let it bake for 50 minutes to an hour if using a 9 x 5 inch pan. If the pan is for 8 x 4 inch loaves, bake for 30-40 minutes.
Once the cake is finished baking, take it out of the pan. Place on a wire rack and cool for 30 minutes.
Cut the pound cake into slices when serving. Serve with whipped cream, blueberries and strawberries to fashion a red, white and blue dessert.
White chocolate bars
Pour blue sprinkles onto a bowl. Wash the strawberries. Place white chocolate bars in a microwavable bowl.
Microwave the chocolate until it is melted. Dip the strawberries into the melted chocolate, leaving 1/3 of the strawberry uncovered. Dip the bottom 1/3 of strawberries into the blue sprinkles.
When finished, the strawberries should look as if there is a bottom layer of blue and a middle layer of white. The strawberry will represent your red. Place the strawberries onto a tray and serve your impressed guests.
Fourth of July Cocktail
Sobe Piña Colada
Gatorade Fruit Punch
G2 Gatorade Blueberry-Pomegranate
Fill the cup with ice. Pour the Piña Colada 1/3 of the way and let it settle. Pour in the Fruit Punch until it fills the cup 2/3 of the way. Last, pour the Blueberry-Pomegranate on the top. The ingredients will sit based on sugar content. The Piña Colada has the most, followed by the Fruit Punch, then the Blueberry-Pomegranate.
This drink will be a hit for the kids. For the adult crowd, top off the drink with vodka for a event cocktail.
With few ingredients and quick cooking time, these recipes will guarantee a great party!