Easy Recipes For The 4th of July

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With tomorrow being the 4th of July chances are you’re looking for some last minute recipes that are delicious and easy to make. And, with most of us traveling somewhere this holiday you’ll surely want something that travels easily and won’t melt in the summer heat. Check out these easy recipes that will keep your family happy this holiday season.

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Fruit Kabobs

These treats are not only super easy to make, but also fun to eat, simple to transport, and cute to look at. Going with the theme of red, white and blue grab some fresh strawberries, blueberries, and marshmallows. Using wooden skewers (no need to soak in water as you’re not grilling them) thread the fruit and marshmallows alternating between colors. For some added sparkle and sweetness you can dust with coarse sugar. If you’re looking for a healthier version substitute the marshmallow for banana.

Sweet and Salty “Sparklers”

Shaped much like the sparklers we enjoyed playing with as kids these treats are a delight to both children and adults alike. If you’ve got children try having them help you make them. Simply take pretzle rods, coat in white chocolate, and spring with any red and blue topping. Dried fruit, sprinkles, M&M’s, and even colored cookie crumbles all add to this dessert.

Berry Salad With Mint

Grab your favorite fresh berries – ¬†blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries … whatever you like – thoroughly wash, add a dash of lemon juice or lemon liqueur, and some chopped up mint. Sprinkle with some sugar and enjoy! This refreshing salad is light on the calories and heavy on taste. It’s sure to please everyone and is perfect for celebrating on a hot day.

Star Shaped Cookies

Grab your favorite sugar cookie recipe, or even the pre-packaged stuff, cut into the shape of stars using a cookie cutter, bake, and frost with red, white, and blue frosting.. If you’re feeling adventurous add frosting plus your favorite toppings. These also make great ice cream sandwiches, Simply spread some vanilla ice cream between two cookies and enjoy! If you’re traveling, it’s easy to bring the cookies and pick up ice cream once you reach your destination.

Chocolate Covered Marshmallows

Using a bag of large marshmallows, dip them in your favorite melted chocolate and spring with red white and blue decor. If you want to make these as an individual treat stick the marshmallow on a lollipop stick, which can be purchased at any crafts store, and then dip.

Tip: Anytime you’re dipping a dessert you’ll want to make sure you place the dipped item on wax paper so that it doesn’t stick.

Photo Credit: By Dbenbenn, Zscout370, Jacobolus, Indolences, Technion. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Photo Credit: By Kat (Flickr: Monster Strawberries (83/365)) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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