When time for Independence Day rolls around you often have to bring a 4th of July treat to the party, if not several. Check out these simple recipes that can involve minimal preparation for a quick and easy Fourth of July party preparation that doesn’t involve a lot of cooking or cleanup.
Red, white and blue Jell-O cups
The Fourth of July can often be hot, so a cold snack to help your guests stay cool is essential, especially at an outdoor Independence Day party. Check out this recipe by Kraft for red, white and blue Jell-O cups called Uncle Sam’s Red, White and Blue Parfaits. This refreshing snack is made with two pans of gelatin, red and white, which is cut into half-inch cubes. One you have the half-inch cubes of Jell-O, you spoon one color into the cups, add Cool Whip or whipped cream on top, and then spoon the other color on top of the Cool Whip.
Check out the full recipe for red, white and blue gelatin cups here. For convenient cleanup at outdoor parties, I suggest using clear plastic cups instead of the glasses pictured. You can still see the red, white and blue of the parfait without as many dishes to clean.
American Flag Doughnuts
If you are good with decorative frosting but don’t have much time to prepare meals, try your hand at these American Flag Doughnuts. This darling 4th of July treat is made by dipping and drizzling cooled doughnuts with Candiquik.
You can follow the recipe here and bake your own doughnuts, or you can shorten your work load considerably by buying doughnuts at your local bakery and decorating them at home. If you do it this way, you just have to melt and color the Candiquik before applying it to the doughnuts in layers. The whole decorating process should take about an hour and a half as you decorate the doughnuts and allow them to cool.
Patriotic Popcorn Cake
This Patriotic Popcorn Cake is made by combining popcorn with butter, marshmallows, caramel and red, white and blue M & M candies. The process is similar to making rice crispie treats, but it’s formed into the shape of a bundt cake, and this Fourth of July dish comes with a natural popcorn twist and a surprising chocolate crunch from the candies. Check out the simple recipe here.