Our favorite desserts to bring to a Fourth of July barbecue

Our favorite desserts to bring to a Fourth of July barbecue

What’s that blast of patriotic color that’ll have everyone saying “oooh” and “ahhh” during your Fourth of July cookout? Most would say it’s the fireworks, but for us here at Mother Rucker’s Sweets, it’s all about the star-spangled desserts.

An Independence Day-themed dessert spread is to a cookout what the grand finale is to a fireworks display — it leaves your friends and family both wowed and yearning for more. Being in the business of making life a blast, we love dreaming up ways to make beautiful and delicious patriotic deserts for the Fourth of July.

Here are some of our favorite recipes that you’ll want to put on your list of preparations for your next Fourth of July cookout.

Patriotic Ice Pops

Blueberries, raspberry sorbet and vanilla ice cream come together to create these fun Patriotic Ice Pops on a stick. They take only 15 minutes to whip up, and they’re just the thing for a cool respite from a hot summer afternoon.

Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries

There’s something about a simple recipe with an impressive presentation that gets a lot of attention. When you spend mere minutes making up a batch of Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries following this recipe, you’ll wish everything you made was this easy. You simply slice open fresh strawberries, stuff them with the filling and top them with a single blueberry. It’s almost too simple, but the results are beautiful and patriotic.

Star Confetti Cookies

As far as we’re concerned, every holiday is an occasion for sugar cookies. They’re easy to shape and decorate, so they’ll work for any theme. In this recipe for Star Confetti Cookies, you’ll need to find a star-shaped cookie cutter or make your own by following this guide. Once you’ve got the cookies cut and ready to bake, it’s all about sprinkling red, white and blue edible confetti on top.

Brownie Flag

Whether you bake up your own favorite brownie recipe or follow this recipe for a Brownie Flag, the results are the same. You’ll tap into your inner artist when you top your pan of brownies with blueberries, strawberries and white frosting to make a star-spangled banner out of pure, chocolately goodness.

Hint: Buy a pan of brownies from a bakery to save on time.

Patriotic Pretzels

The pizazz in this recipe for Patriotic Pretzels is all in the presentation. You’ll drizzle or roll pretzel sticks in melted white chocolate and sprinkle them with patriotic sprinkles to create a dessert that’s easy enough for the little ones to make. The big finish comes when you package them in treat bags and use your creativity to decorate them for the Fourth.

Variation: Add Mother Rucker’s Sweets Cookie Brittle to each bag for a patriotic party favor you can send home with your guests.

Have a happy and sweet Fourth!