Firecracker Popsicles and Sparkler Cookies For July 4th

It’s hard to believe, but the 4th is just around the corner.

This year, make something,  especially for the kids. Letting them help you would make it even better. They’ll love you for it, and it will make them feel special on this truly meaningful holiday.

Sure, they’re sugary, but hey, Independence Day is up there on the list of major holidays.

Firecracker Popsicles are created by layering Berry Blue Typhoon, Fruit Juicy Red Hawaiian Punch and Gatorade Frost freezing one layer at a time. Add a red Twizzler “fuse” just before fully frozen.

Sparkler cookies can be made with sugar cookie refrigerator dough, frosting, sprinkles and sugars in patriotic colors. If you have a favorite sugar cookie and frosting recipe, and the time, that would make this project even more special.

I used the refrigerator dough and a ready-made buttercream frosting.

How to Make Homemade Firecracker Popsicles 

 

 

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  1. Fill individual Popsicle molds 1/3 full with the red Hawaiian Punch.
  2. Freeze until solid.
  3. Pour cold, semi-frozen Gatorade Frost for the next 1/3.
  4. Insert a piece of red Twizzler candy before thoroughly frozen.
  5. Pour on the blue Hawaiian Punch and freeze until solid.
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Freeze layers of Hawaiian Punch
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Twizzlers are the firecracker fuses!

4th of July Sparkler Cookies

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  1. Slice refrigerated cookie dough in 1/4 inch slices.
  2. Flatten with a rolling pin on a floured bread board.
  3. Roll up into pencil-sized “snakes.”
  4. Cut into about 3-inch lengths.
  5. Bake according to package or recipe directions.
  6. Cool. Frost the ends  and decor
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Roll up strips of cookie dough for sparkler cookies.

 

Easy 4th of July Desserts That Don’t Require A Lot Of Time

The Fourth Of July is one of those holidays that seems to sneak up quickly. Suddenly the holiday week is here and visions of flag cakes with strawberries and blueberries are dancing in our heads.

Backyard barbecues, block parties and that feeling one gets when patriotic music is playing at a fireworks show rates this holiday second only to Christmas for fond memories.

There is still time to plan a great gathering for friends and family to celebrate America’s birthday. Gather the kids and have some fun creating one or two of these quick and easy patriotic desserts.

Cool and refreshing, these recipe ideas use fresh fruit and yogurt for healthier options than some of the red and blue cakes and icings.

These dessert ideas would make great treats for kids at a day care center, day camp or just for celebrating the holiday at home. Quick and easy, they are perfect for adding last minute details for Fourth of July entertaining.

That vision of a colorful red, white and blue Fourth of July dessert can become a reality with Patriotic Parfaits, Star Spangled Banner Shortcake,  and Freedom Melon Berry Fruit Cups.

Patriotic Parfaits

Layer blueberry, vanilla and strawberry yogurt for Patriotic Parfaits.

Ingredients

  • 24 ounces each low or nonfat yogurt, strawberry, blueberry and vanilla
  • Cool Whip
  • 16 ounces whipping cream, topping
  • 1 cup or more strawberries, blueberries, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Fill the bottom one-third of a parfait dish with blueberry yogurt.
  2. Add vanilla yogurt for the next third of the dish. Add a layer of blueberries.Add a thin layer of Cool Whip.
  3. Add a layer of sliced strawberries. Top off with strawberry yogurt.
  4. Refrigerate until set.
  5. Beat the whipping cream until stiff
  6. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and berries before serving

Star Spangled Banner Short Cake

Sliced pound cake, a cream cheese frosting, blueberries and strips of fruit roll up makes a Star Spangled Shortcake. Serve sliced strawberries on the side.

Ingredients

  • pound cake slices
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip
  • 40 inches strawberry candy rolls,fruit roll ups (or about 1/2 cup strawberry jam)
  • blueberries

Instructions

  1. Beat until smooth, the cream cheese and Cool Whip.
  2. Slice the pound cake into slices 1/2 inch thick.
  3. Ice each slice with the cream cheese and Cool Whip icing.
  4. Decorate in flag fashion with the blueberries and candy strips.
  5. Serve with sliced strawberries on the side.

 

Freedom Fruit Cups

 

Watermelon, strawberries and blueberries are topped with a dollop of real whipped cream for Freedom Fruit Cups

 

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cubed watermelon
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • Cool Whip

Instructions

  • Cube watermelon
  • Layer cubed watermelon and berries in parfait glasses
  • Top with Cool Whip and garnish with berries

 

July 4th Recipes: Patriotic Gourmet Popsicles

  Patriotic Popsicles

For a few generations now, frozen Popsicles have been a favorite summertime treat. 

Today’s talented and healthy-minded chefs have magically transformed those frozen artificially flavored and colored Popsicles into delectable frozen ices with a gourmet flair and with a host of healthy ingredients. 

Gourmet Popsicle Flavors

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Flavors like strawberry-balsamic, Coconut almond, blackberry yogurt, and blueberry lemon are concocted from pureed fruits and ingredients like honey, yogurt, coconut milk, balsamic vinegar, and spices. 

The Flavors of the Flag

Mix the flavors of the flag together in these healthy red, white and blue patriotic Popsicles. Lick through a spicy strawberry-balsamic vinegar to reach a cool coconut-almond with toasted coconut flakes.

Finish the flavor sensation with a blueberry, yogurt and honey concoction.

 Ingredients for Strawberry Balsamic Ice Pops

  1. 1 cup fresh strawberries
  2. 1/4 cup sugar
  3. 1 TBS Balsamic vinegar

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Soak berries in the sugar until juice appears

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Add other ingredients and puree in the blender.  

 

 Pour into Popsicle molds 1/3 full.
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Ingredients for Coconut Almond Pops

  1. 15 ounces coconut milk
  2. 3 TBS honey
  3. 2 TBS shredded coconut

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Combine coconut milk with other ingredients.

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Blend well on the blend setting of your blender.

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Pour the coconut mixture over the frozen strawberry mixture.

 Ingredients for Blueberry Yogurt Pops

  1. 1 cup very ripe blueberries
  2. 2 TBS honey
  3. 1 TBS lemon juice
  4. 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  5. 1/3 cup water

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Combine berries and yogurt.

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Add honey and lemon and water. Blend well.

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Pour over coconut mixture. Insert pop tops or sticks when partially frozen.