This Independence Day, you can fly a flag and eat one, too!
These 20 ideas turn everything from candy bars to Jell-O shots into a tasty tribute to America. Serve any of these at your barbecue and you’ll get more oohs and aahs than the fireworks show.
Get the Recipe: Chocolate-Dipped American Flag
We pledge allegiance to this delectable tart that will most certainly rank as one of the prettiest desserts at the picnic. Sarah Marie of dessert blog Sweetsonian used Smitten Kitchen‘s dough recipe but filled the finished tart with her own festive touches: raspberries, blueberries and vanilla whipped cream.
Get the Recipe: Star-Spangled Tart
For Beth from cooking blog The First Year, making flag doughnuts “seems like a much better way to celebrate our country than dressing up like Uncle Sam.” Instead of dressing herself, she dressed the sweets! Use a squeeze bottle or piping bag to make the stripes.
Get the Recipe: American Flag Donuts
Thanks to the Plain Chicken blog, all you need to make this colorful confection is a white cake mix, frosting, food dye, sprinkles and a serrated knife (for cutting layers). You’ll have the most patriotic cake at your neighborhood barbecue!
Get the Recipe: American Flag Cake
Show your support of veggies with this savory take on Old Glory. The pizza, from the blog Austin360, is loaded with plum tomatoes and spinach (the latter stepping up to the plate as a “blue” vegetable).
Get the Recipe: Pizza Flag
Why use a fruit salad bowl when you can use a watermelon-turned-flag? That’s what Nita from VegetableFruitCarving.com (yes, that’s a website!) did. After scooping out the insides to hold fruit, she created red and white strips by shaving off various degrees of the rind. The stars? Jicama!
Get the Recipe: Red White and Blue 4th of July Watermelon Bowl Salad
No fancy gourmet toppings for this sugar-cookie cutie. Instead, Sara from the blog Our Best Bites decorated the treats with M&Ms in Independence Day colors. Her time-saving secret? Press store-bought sugar cookie dough into a pan, bake and cut into squares. That way, you can put all of your effort into decorating!
Get the Recipe: Flag Cookies
Enlist your little ones to help you decorate these cupcakes, created by the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, which have good-for-you DNA thanks to applesauce, egg whites and reduced-fat cream cheese. Complementing the blueberry “stars” are red stripes made from kiddie-approved rolled fruit snacks.
Get the Recipe: Wave the Flag Cupcakes
These Jell-O shots are wholesome because of the theme, right? Well, maybe not — but they are a fun add to an adults-only snack table. Fill small, clear plastic cups with red and blue gelatin (probably made with vodka, although you don’t have to spike them) to re-create the flag; for the white stripes and the stars, use whipped cream.
What better way to honor America’s birthday than with a classic American dessert? The colorful coating is three different flavors of Airheads candy.
Get the Recipe: 4th of July Flag Treats
Bite into this tri-colored beauty and fireworks may go off — who would ever expect a chocolate bar to be so cleverly colorful? Jana Erwin, a contributor to SheKnows.com, created this candy-cookie sensation using blue-tinted nougat and a striped cookie, all covered in dark chocolate.
Get the Recipe: Star Spangled Banner Bars
Not a baker? Not a problem. This simple, refreshing dessert on a stick (strawberries, blueberries and bananas) requires nothing more than scoring the fruit on wooden skewers and assembling them in a flag pattern.
Stars and stripes forever? Not likely when you serve these luscious cake pops (covered in colored chocolate) from blog Bee in Our Bonnet. They’ll be gone before you can say, “Happy Fourth of July!”
Get the Recipe: Patriotic Pops
“Not many things are more American than a pie…except maybe a pie that looks like the American flag,” says blogger Sarah of The Winthrop Chronicles. She used a combination of fresh fruit and pie filling (cherry, blueberry and strawberry) to fill her baked banner.
Get the Recipe: American Flag Pie
At breakfast, stylist Emily Henson got a delicious dose of national spirit by “flagifying” a piece of toast with cream cheese, strawberry jam and strategically placed bananas and blueberries. Bonus: This one’s simple enough for kitchen-loving kids to tackle.
Get the Recipe: 4th of July Breakfast
We salute All You magazine for creating these creamy cheesecake bars with an elegantly simple design. A neat quintuplet of blueberries represent the stars, while thin lines of seedless raspberry jelly, piped from a plastic sandwich bag, stand in for the stripes.
Get the Recipe: American Flag Cheesecake Bars
This is proof that even a simple fruit and cheese platter can be a symbol of pride when it’s cleverly arranged. Use white cheese, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries to create this tasty tribute to America the Beautiful.
A waffle’s signature squares are usually reserved for melted butter and maple syrup, but on July 4 fill them with a patriotic-colored fruit trio — strawberries, blueberries and bananas. Drizzle maple syrup over the top for a sweet start to your day.
We’re sure our forefathers would have happily dug into this dessert, even with the pizza flag’s nontraditional blueberry “star” border! Blogger Sabby in Suburbia used refrigerated cookie dough, cream cheese, powdered sugar and whipped topping to make the sugary treat.
Get the Recipe: Flag Fruit Pizza