6 Easy Fourth of July Desserts for Your Celebration

Anybody else love a quick and easy recipe?

The Fourth of July is only a few days away! If you’re like me, holidays usually creep up on you. Next thing you know twenty people are coming over, and you’re missing the best part of the meal.

American flag

I love making complicated desserts. I’m a baker at heart.

But sometimes I just want something easy.

If you’re hosting (or attending) a party this week, we’ve got recipes for you!

All of these recipes are super quick, so you’ll spend less time in the kitchen and more time celebrating the Fourth of July.

And some are so easy your kids can join in!

Fourth of July Table

Easy Patriotic Sugar Wafers from Southern Made Simple

These are a fun, quick treat. All you have to do is dip the wafers in candy melts and sprinkle them with Fourth of July sprinkles.

Make sure you check the author’s recommendation on which brands of wafers to use. Some are too flaky and break easily when dipped in the candy melts.

She also has posts for other holiday wafers as well!

Patriotic Dipped Pretzel Rods from Mom Luck

These are great because they are quick and inexpensive. They’d also make a great party favor.

Pretzel rods are a great option when you’re looking for something that satisfies both the sweet and salty cravings. You can buy some pre-made sprinkle mixes or get a few different types to let your kids get creative.

Fourth of July Snack Mix from Baby Savers

Everyone loves the classic Muddy Buddies! This version uses red, white, and blue M&M’s to give them a patriotic feel. It’s great for a Fourth of July picnic in the park.

You can make the recipe without peanut butter if there are allergy concerns.

It would be perfect to take along when watching the fireworks at Balloon Fiesta Park!

Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches from Freut Cake

Okay, moms. This is THE EASIEST of them all.

Just take ice cream sandwiches, roll them in patriotic sprinkles, and you’re done!

Nothing is better on those hot summer nights than the classic ice cream sandwich. Plus I’m pretty sure the kids would be happy if you just handed them the sandwich and let them put their own sprinkles on.

There are also other easy Fourth of July dessert hacks on the site.

Easy Flag Fruit Dessert from Family Fresh Meals

If you’re looking for a healthier option or even a side dish, this is a great choice!  You use fresh fruit and yogurt-covered pretzels to mimic the American flag. It’s such a beautiful platter!

You can mix and match different fruit based on what you like. And if you’re in the mood for a sweeter option, there’s this brownie version from Spicy Southern Kitchen.

Fourth of July Popcorn from JaMonkey

This is another great option for picnics. After making the popcorn, you use red and blue candy melts (and sprinkles if you want!) to make it Fourth of July ready.

This is a great recipe to have the kids help. You’ll want to assist younger kids when melting the candy melts.

It also would make a great party favor for guests!

Red, White, and Blue M&M’s Cookie Bars from No. 2 Pencil

Classic chocolate chip cookies are delicious. Add some red, white, and blue M&M’s, and they’re ready for the fireworks!

These are a bit more work but great to do with kids who love making cookies.

The recipe makes a 9 x 13 pan so you’ll have plenty to go around. You can cut bigger squares for smaller groups or smaller ones for more people.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Strawberry Pretzel Salad from Natasha’s Kitchen

I know I promised you six recipes but I wanted to throw in one extra.

This recipe is one my family made at holidays growing up.

It’s not as easy as the others. But it is delicious and always goes quickly!

To make it a bit more patriotic you could throw blueberries in with the strawberry jello.

Fourth of July Fireworks

Do you have a great Fourth of July recipe idea?

Share it with us in the comments!

Originally published June 2019.

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