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Simple & Sweet July 4th Recipes

Whether you're hosting your own Fourth of July party or attending someone else's, these July 4th recipes are ideal for large groups. Bite size treats make for a nice complement to a dessert table or can be easily transported to parades, fireworks shows, and other July 4th fesivities. Ice cream sundaes are a big crowd pleaser.
 
 
These 4th of July recipes are all simple and fun to make, but they're even more fun to eat!

Cheesecake Flag Squares
 
Who doesn't love cheesecake? Cheesecake flag squares are a delicious and patriotic July 4th recipe to make for your party. They'll look great on your dessert table and they'll be a big hit with kids and adults alike!
 
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
  • 7 tablespoons of melted, unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 12 ounces of softened, white cream cheese
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • ¾ cups of jam (strawberry)
  • 1 pint of blueberries

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with foil, greased. Stir graham-cracker crumbs, butter and sugar in a bowl. Press it into the bottom of the baking pan. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. In a small bowl blend cream cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Pour the mixture over the crust, and bake for 45 minutes. Place in the refrigerator to cool. Cook the strawberry jam over a low heat in a small saucepan. Strain out the strawberries. Once the jam has cooled, pour it into a plastic bag and seal it. Once cool, lift the foil liner with the cheesecake out of the pan. Peel away the foil and cut 12 pieces. Decorate each square to look like a flag. Use the blueberries as the stars for the flag. Cut a hole in the corner of the bag of jam and draw lines as the stripes on the flag.

Simple & Sweet July 4th Recipes

Fourth of July Pretzel Sparklers
 
Fourth of July Pretzel Sparklers make for an easy Fourth of July recipe. They're great for anyone who likes the combination of salty and sweet!
 
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces of white baking chocolate
  • 24 pretzel rods
  • Red, white and blue candy stars or sprinkles
Directions
Chop the white chocolate into small squares and place them in a small bowl. Microwave the chocolate for one minute, stir, and then microwave for another 20 seconds. Dip each pretzel rod halfway, into the melted chocolate. Sprinkle each pretzel rod with candy stars or sprinkles. Place each chocolate covered pretzel rod on wax paper to dry and harden. Serve the chocolate covered pretzel rods in a circular container or on a circular dish with one end in the center and the other on the edge of the dish.

These July 4th food ideas will impress guests and help to create an enjoyable Independence Day celebration. Get creative with your ideas for recipe decorations. For example, dip the chocolate covered pretzels in blue chocolate (white chocolate with blue food coloring) instead of white chocolate. Instead of a flag design, cut the cheesecake squares in the shape of Uncle Sam’s hat.
 
 
July 4th Ice Cream Sundae
 
Ice cream always hits the spot in the summer. Create a festive ice cream sundae bar at your July 4th party. It's sure to be a crowd pleaser!
 
Ingredients:
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Blueberry sherbert
  • Strawberry sauce
  • Fresh fruit (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
  • Red, white and blue sprinkles
  • Red, white and blue M&Ms
  • Waffle cone bowls
  • Whipped cream

Directions
Set up a table designated for the ice cream sundae bar. At the beginning of the table, put out the waffle cone bowls, spoons, and napkins. Then put out the ice cream and place two scoops next to your ice cream containers in a bowl with water (to rinse the scoops). Places toppings in bowls with spoons that can be used to scoop out each topping. Let guests go through and create their own patriotic sundae!

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