Yankee Doodle Dessert Ideas for the Fourth of July

Summer desserts with fresh berries make some of my favorite treats!

If you are gearing up for the 4th of July, I have 3 easy and festive options!  Summer fruit is plentiful this time of year, and you can incorporate it into your menus for colorful options.  Some of the best places to find seasonal fruits are at roadside stands as you travel.  Today, I am sharing some dessert ideas, but I am also adding a few ideas for additional options for other meals.

Topping your red, white and blue cobbler with ice cream or whipped topping makes this sweet extra special!

Red, white and blue cobbler can be grilled for an easy dessert.

Red, White, and Blue Grilled Cobbler

If you are grilling out, you can toss this cobbler together and add it to the grill as you are finishing up your meats and other meal options.  Cook your dessert on the grill and have something hot and ready to go.  Top with whipped topping or vanilla ice cream, and you have a great combination.

Make a flag-inspired treat by arranging yogurt covered pretzels, strawberries and blueberries.

Fruit Flag Tray

This dessert requires no cooking and can be put together for a snack too.  You will need:
  • Yogurt Covered Pretzels
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
Wash your fruit, and then grab a large sheet pan.  Arrange your strawberries and pretzels into red and white striped rows.  Leave one small corner in the left top for a bowl of blueberries.  This will give you a flag designed tray for a light option.  One thing to remember with this is that the yogurt pretzels will melt in the hot sun.  So, this is better served and eaten in the shade or a cool spot.

The pudding cups can be done ahead of time and top at the time you serve them.

Yankee Doodle Pudding Cups

I made this dessert for Memorial Day Weekend.  It was so good and cool at the end of a hot day.  I used a basic vanilla pudding recipe from The Food Network.  You could also use a boxed instant option.  Put your pudding into little mason jars and close with a lid.  This makes it easy to serve.

When you are ready to serve your dessert, put out your pudding cups with blueberries, strawberries, whipped topping and vanilla wafers for add-ins.  People can top them any way that they like.  

Additional Festive Options

If you are looking for something else that you can do with summer berries that is fourth of July festive, here are some additional ideas:
  • Summer Berry Salad - Start with mixed greens.  Top with blueberries and strawberries, add grilled chicken and goat cheese.  You can also sprinkle in nuts if you so choose.  Enjoy with poppy seed dressing.   
  • Chicken Salad with Fruit - Serve store-bought or homemade chicken salad with crackers and a side of blueberries and strawberries.  
  • Summer Short Cake - Take store-bought or homemade pound cake and cut into slices.  Top with blueberries and strawberries.  Finish with whipped cream.
  • Super Summer Sundae Bar - Have vanilla ice cream (homemade or store bought) ready for guests.  Serve with blueberries and strawberries, vanilla wafers, and whipped topping.  
  • Berry Good Waffle Bar - Make basic waffles.  Top with blueberries, strawberries and whipped topping.
And if you want to mix it up even further, use raspberries and blackberries instead or add them in too!  Get creative with your fruit options.  It will add more flavor and texture to the mix!

What is your favorite summer dessert or meal options that incorporate colorful berries?  I truly love them with just about anything.  Feel free to drop me a line and share your ideas.

Until next time...

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