8 Fun 4th of July Recipes

8 fun fourth of july recipes

Fourth of July is just a couple days away and we have eight red, white and blue recipes to help you plan your festivities. From breakfast pancakes to mouth watering BBQ and festive desserts, we have all the fun 4th of July recipes you’ll need to plan a menu that will dazzle your guests.

Red, White & Blue Pancakes

firecracker pancakes

Start your 4th of July with these red, white and blue pancakes. The firecracker glaze “explodes” with delight that the kids will love.

Patriotic Stars Dip

patriotic dip

Turn your favorite dip into a starry starter with red and blue bread stars. You can put the homemade stars as toppers on just about anything!

Simple Watermelon Bites

watermelon petit fours

Serve these cool bites on red, white and blue stars to create a simple but stunning appetizer made from actual watermelon. Garnish with vanilla frosting and M&Ms.

Raspberry Chipotle Chicken

raspberry chipotle chicken

Like a little sweet and a little spicy? Then this is the sauce for you that’s great for chicken or beef. Spice up your burgers with a spoonful in place of your ketchup!

Star Spangled Pie

star spangled pie

Cool off with this easy to make star spangled cheesecake pie topped with red, white and blue sprinkles. Make this a day ahead as you will need to refrigerate it for three hours.

Flag Cake

flag cake

End your celebration with this beautiful flag cake. The outside might seem quite plain, but just one cut into the cake and you’ll be surprised by the colorful goodness inside. The key is to divide the batter into three cakes and then layer them with frosting.

Berry Quinoa Salad (a Coupons.com exclusive)

berry quinoa salad

Ingredients: 1 package mixed greens, 1 cup cooked quinoa, 1/3 cup strawberries, 1/3 cup blueberries, 1/3 cup raspberries, ½ cup toasted almonds and your favorite raspberry vinaigrette.

Directions: Place ingredients in a big bowl and toss with raspberry vinaigrette.

Red White and Blueberry Shortcakes (a Coupons.com exclusive)

red white blueberry shortcakes

Shortcakes are a classic 4th of July treat. Cut out star shortcakes and fill with fresh berries and whipped cream. If you’re short on time then use store bought pie dough.

Ingredients: 2 ½ cups flour, 1/3 cup sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ cup butter, 1 cup cream.

Directions: Place flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter in food processor or large bowl and mix until coarse. Add milk and mix until dough forms. Wrap in a disc and refrigerate for one hour. Roll out the dough and cut out large and small stars. Place on the baking sheet and brush with heavy cream. Sprinkle with sanding sugar. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Assemble: Place large star on plate and top with whipped cream and berries. Add second star and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Before you shop: Want a little more fun recipes to whet your appetite? Check out our Fourth of July crowd pleasers that feature fruit kebabs and parfaits!

cheri_liefeldCheri Liefeld of Adventures in the Kitchen believes in celebrating life around the table. She is a recipe developer, cooking instructor and writer. She blogs over at Adventures In The Kitchen where she shares easy to make recipes, party inspiration and ideas for cooking with kids.

A native of Southern California her cooking is filled with fresh ingredients from local farmers markets and often served spicy.

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