Two Patriotic Desserts For The Fourth

Summer equals cookouts, barbecues, parties and more  parties. Now-a-days, every time you turn around you need a delicious crowd-pleasing dessert recipe for your celebration. My team has discovered and tested two patriotic recipes that will make you the star of the show.

Star Spangled Fruit Tart

Photo Credit Taste of Home

  • • 1 tube (18 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup halved fresh strawberries
  • Press cookie dough onto an ungreased 12-in. pizza pan. Bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and extract until smooth. Spread over crust. In center of tart, arrange berries in the shape of a star; add a berry border. Refrigerate until serving. 

Yield: 16 servings.

Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 213 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 177 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Patriotic Ice Cream Cupcakes

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  • • 1 package (18-1/4 ounces) red velvet cake mix
  • 1 quart blue moon ice cream, softened
  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1-1/2 cups marshmallow creme
  • Red, white and blue sprinkles
  • Blue colored sugar
  • Prepare cake mix batter according to package directions for cupcakes.
  • Fill paper-lined muffin cups half full. Bake at 350° for 11-14 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Working quickly, spread ice cream over cupcakes. Freeze for at least 1 hour.
  • In a large bowl, combine cream and marshmallow creme; beat until stiff peaks form. Pipe over cupcakes; decorate with sprinkles and colored sugar. Freeze for 4 hours or until firm. 

Yield: 3 dozen.

Editor’s Note: As a substitute for blue moon ice cream, tint softened vanilla ice cream with blue food coloring.

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