Posted: May 12, 2014 9:00 AM
 
Add a splash of U.S. pride to any party with these red, white and blue desserts from our favorite bloggers. From a pudding pop dessert recipe that displays the colors of Old Glory to star-spangled ice cream cones, your mouth will water over these six patriotic desserts that make the perfect Memorial Day or Fourth of July dessert.
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Red, white and blue pudding pops

Patriotic desserts- Red, white and blue pudding pops
Photo credit: Real Mom Kitchen

You're only three ingredients away from helping your kiddos beat the heat with this must-have dessert recipe by Real Mom Kitchen that makes the perfect sweet treat for Memorial Day or Fourth of July dessert.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (3.3 ounce) package white chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 2 cups milk
  • Red food coloring
  • Neon blue food coloring
  • 6 Popsicle sticks
  • Small Dixie paper cups

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the milk and pudding mix. Beat together for 2 minutes.
  2. Place 2/3 cup of the pudding in a bowl and add some red food coloring, just enough to get the red color you want.
  3. Now place another 2/3 cup of pudding in another bowl and add enough blue food coloring to get the color of blue that you want.
  4. Divide the red pudding evenly between the 6 cups — this can be done by pouring or piping. Both work well. The pudding is still a little runny at this time so be careful if you pipe it in the cups. After the red pudding is in the cups, give them all a tap to help even them out.
  5. Now repeat that step with the white pudding that was not colored. Then repeat that same step with the blue pudding.
  6. Place the pudding pops on a cookie sheet or other freezer-safe dish and place in the freezer. Freeze for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove the pops from the freezer and carefully insert the Popsicle sticks into the center of each pop about 3/4 of the way into the pudding. Place pops back in the freezer for at least 2-1/2 hours or longer. When ready to serve, cut a little slit into each cup. This makes it easier to remove the cup. Tear off the cups and enjoy. Makes 6 pops.

Berry trifle with homemade whipped cream

Patriotic desserts- Berry Trifle with Homemade Whipped Cream
Photo credit: Little Bites of Everything

Almost too pretty to eat, this red, white and blue layered dessert by Little Bites of Everything is given just a little hint of sweetness with homemade whipped cream you just can't say no to.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup plus 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 premade angel food cake, cut into 1-inch slices
  • 1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 cups heavy cream, at room temperature
  • 2 pints blueberries
  • 2 pints strawberries, hulled and sliced

Directions:

  1. Heat 1/4 cup sugar, the lemon juice and 1/4 cup water in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and stir in the almond extract.
  2. Brush both sides of each slice of cake with the syrup. Cut the slices into 1-inch cubes.
  3. Beat the remaining 2/3 cup sugar and the cream cheese with a mixer on medium speed until smooth and light. Add the cream and beat on medium-high speed until smooth and the consistency of whipped cream.
  4. Arrange half of the cake cubes in the bottom of a 13-cup trifle dish. Sprinkle evenly with a layer of blueberries. Dollop half of the cream mixture over the blueberries and gently spread. Top with a layer of strawberries. Layer the remaining cake cubes on top of the strawberries, then sprinkle with more blueberries and top with the remaining cream mixture. Finish with the remaining strawberries and blueberries, arranging them in a decorative pattern. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.

Red, white and blue JELL-O stars

Patriotic desserts-Red, white and blue Jell-o stars
Photo credit: Saucy Girl's Kitchen

Give traditional JELL-O molds a patriotic twist when you whip up this light and colorful patriotic dessert by Saucy Girl's Kitchen that hides a yummy secret: shredded coconut.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package cherry JELL-O
  • 1 package blueberry JELL-O
  • 2 packages unflavored gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1-1/2 cups low-fat coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut

Directions:

  1. In 2 separate small bowls, prepare the cherry and blueberry JELL-O according to package directions for Jigglers (which require less water and results in a firmer JELL-O). Set aside.
  2. In another small bowl, add the unflavored gelatin, sugar and boiling water. Stir to dissolve completely.
  3. Add the coconut milk and shredded coconut. Set aside.
  4. Place your JELL-O molds on a baking tray, which makes it much easier to put them in the fridge. Fill each mold 1/3 of the way up with the color that you want to show on top. Put tray in the fridge to set first layer, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Once first color of JELL-O is set, pour the next desired color 1/3 of the way. Place in fridge to set, another 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Once the second color of JELL-O is set, pour the final color to top. Chill until totally set (about 3 hours).
  7. To unmold the JELL-O just set it in a bowl of warm/hot water for a moment and then invert onto serving plate. Don't leave it in the water too long or the JELL-O will start to melt. Garnish as desired.

Fourth of July firecracker cakelette recipe

Patriotic desserts- Fourth of July firecracker cakelette recipe
Photo credit: SheKnows

Holiday guests will be in for a big surprise when they bite into these red, white and blue firecracker cakes by SheKnows that hide an explosive secret inside.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Red and blue food coloring
  • 3 packages Pop Rocks candy
  • Black licorice ropes
  • White frosting (less than 1/4 cup)

Directions:

  1. Mix white cake mix, egg whites, oil, water and sour cream for 3 to 4 minutes on medium speed. Split cake batter into 3 equal amounts, adding red and blue food coloring to 2 of the portions. Coat 3 (4 x 9-inch) bread pans with cooking spray and lightly flour the bottoms. Add the 3 batters to the pans and bake at 350 degrees F for 18 to 23 minutes. Allow them to cool and remove from pans.
  2. Using a 1-1/2-inch round cookie cutter, cut circles from each of the baked cakes. (I got 10 out of each cake, but you might be able to get more if you try.)
  3. Using a serrated knife, carefully trim off the browned, baked bottoms of each cake circle.
  4. Using a jumbo straw or plastic tube (1/2- or 3/4-inch in diameter), remove the centers of the cake circles. Be sure to save the red and blue centers to use as plugs for later.
  5. Put a portion of the red cake plugs back into the bottoms of the red cake circles. Pipe a line of frosting around the centers of the red and white cake circles. Stack the white cakes on top of the red cakes and the blue cakes on top of the white cakes.
  6. Add Pop Rocks down the hollow centers of the stacked cakes no sooner than 1 hour before serving. Put a portion of the blue cake plugs back into the tops, covering the center filled with Pop Rocks.
  7. Cut licorice rope pieces approximately 1-1/2 inches long and insert them into the centers of the blue cakes and serve.
Patriotic desserts- Chocolate Covered Marshmallow FirecrackersPhoto credit: Yellow Bliss Road

Chocolate covered marshmallow firecrackers

Marshmallows and summer are synonymous, which is why this no-bake summer dessert by Yellow Bliss Road is sure to be the hit of your Memorial Day or Fourth of July dessert spread.

Ingredients:

  • Large marshmallows
  • Red candy melts
  • Blue candy melts
  • 6 lollipop sticks
  • Sour patch licorice (or other long skinny candy, optional)

Continue reading for cooking directions >>

Patriotic desserts- Patriotic ice cream conesPhoto credit: Nest of Posies

Patriotic ice cream cones

Paired perfectly with homemade sweet blue ice cream, this red, white and blue dessert recipe by Nest of Posies is so easy to do you'll never serve plain ol' cones again.

Ingredients:

  • Wilton's White Melting Chips (half a bag will make a box of sugar dipped cones)
  • 1 box sugar cones
  • Red, white and blue sprinkles

Continue reading for cooking directions and the sweet blue ice cream recipe >>

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