Bringing together all of your loved ones for a 4th of July or Memorial Day party is something that we all look forward to every year; we get to pig out on food, sit in comfortable lawn chairs with a drink in our hand, and indulge in yummy snacks that show off America's well-known color scheme. These simple red, white, and blue desserts will have your guests bursting with patriotism (and sugar) while you sit back and enjoy your creations this Independence Day.

Brownie Flag

blueberries and strawberries atop a large brownie

This recipe for classic brownies will allow you to bestow chocolate upon your guests' plates while also showing off America's colors. The recipe provided suggests that you recreate the flag atop the brownies using blueberries as the stars, strawberries as the stripes, and frosting in between. What's so creative yet simple about this recipe is that it's easy to make and you can show off your piping skills without needing to make an elaborate dessert as a canvas.

Blueberry Pie

a pie with strawberries, bananas, and blueberries on top

Really, though, where would we be without pie on Independence Day? There are so many recipes out there that suggest various flavors for you to choose from. One of the best things about baking a traditional pie is that you can comfortably choose whichever flavor suits your personal tastes best and caters to your level of expertise in the kitchen. Strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, lemon, and the classic apple pie are just some of the places to start this year!

Watermelon Feta Flag Salad

While everyone loves a good slice of watermelon in the summer, you can bring an added flavor booster to the party by making a watermelon salad with arugula, blueberries, and feta cheese! There are watermelon feta salads on their own, but you can modify the recipe to add blueberries for a patriotic twist. You get the best of both worlds on one plate with the sweetness of berries and the stronger tastes of feta cheese and arugula. You can use the cubes of feta and watermelon for the stripes and replicate the stars by making the blueberries into a blue square at the top of the salad.

Red White And Blue Parfait

a parfait with strawberries and blueberries

When making your own red, white, and blue desserts at home a lot of people get swept away in the idea of recreating the American flag. But you should try opting for something a little different this year; simply incorporating red, white, and blue into your treats will already give them patriotic aesthetic without you needing to go overboard. This simple cheesecake parfait blends together everyone's favorite cake flavor with blueberries and raspberries to add American colors to an easy dessert.

Red White And Blue Jell-O Shots

Want to be the hit of the party? For your red, white, and blue dessert you should look into making Jell-O shots that the entire guest list can dig into. They're easy to make, they're full of alcohol, and they're a classic party dessert anyway! You don't need very many ingredients for this recipe and they also won't take you very long to make. Not to mention, even if you're well-versed in making Jell-O shots you can always try your hand at the red, white, and blue kind. Plus, let's face it, being the gal who brought Jell-O shots is going to earn you a gold star.

Patriotic Cookies

cookies with the design of the american flag on them

Maybe you're not exactly a whiz in the kitchen, but that doesn't mean you need to miss out on all the baking fun that comes with Independence Day. Why not make some cookies for your next 4th of July party? Making patriotic cookies will allow you to be as creative as you like; you can whip up some tasty treats and either sprinkle them with red, white, and blue M&Ms or go full out and decorate the pastries with the American flag. The possibilities are endless this classic recipe allows for you to stay true to your talents.

4th of July Bark

red white and blue candy bark

If you've never heard of eating "bark" as a dessert then it might seem like you're just dousing tree bark with frosting and calling it a day. But, nope! You're actually melting down chocolate and adding a patriotic spin to it with this 4th of July bark that you can wow your guests with. This recipe calls for very few ingredients and you'll be left with a sweet end product that everyone will love you for.

Red White And Blue Cake

a white cake with a red white and blue filling

You really can't go wrong when you bring a classic cake to the party. Even if you're not exactly well-versed in the kitchen or you don't want to go too crazy with the dessert that you bring, mix a few ingredients together and let them eat cake! You can also hunt around online for whichever recipe best suits your abilities in the kitchen and you can also look into the different piping techniques that people have shown off with before. Whether the filling is red, white, and blue or the icing is, it's up to you and you can bring the patriotic aesthetic whichever way you please.

Red White And Blue Cupcakes

Speaking of traditional desserts, you can also bring it down a notch further and make some tasty cupcakes for party goers. You'll be able to bring the bite-sized treats to the get-together and still reap the benefits of making a 4th of July cake. This red, white, and blue dessert can come in many forms and you can just as easily decorate the top with different colored icing or make the interior red, white, and blue. Or, if you're pressed for time, you can frost with white icing and stick little American flags on top.

Patriotic Popsicles

red white and blue popsicles

Who would fault you for making popsicles in the middle of the summer? Perhaps a better question is, who wouldn't love you for sharing your creations with everyone around you? These easy-to-make popsicles show off your patriotic side while also helping to keep you cool outdoors. You can make a good amount for everyone, or even if the get-together is a small one, you'll have plenty left over in the freezer for you to munch on later!

These red, white, and blue desserts will give you total license to let your patriotism be known this Memorial Day or 4th of July! Whether you're bringing something classic like a cake or cookies or mixing things up with Jell-O shots, you'll be the life of the party and a definite invite to the celebration next year!

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