Ingredients and supplies:
Frozen pie crust
Mini muffin tin
2″ circle and 2″ star cookie cutters
Cherry pie filling
On the Fourth of July, many people don’t have to go to work, and lots of people plan enjoyment for the day. There will be friends and family over, burgers or steaks on the grill, and some fun in the water. But for Mom, there’s not much time for relaxing, because there is way too much to do. There is cleaning, food preparation, child care, and more. So, if you’re Mom, and you are really hoping to relax this Fourth of July, change things up a little. Instead of investing all of that time into preparations for others, make it easy on yourself, and enjoy the holiday – if for only this year. Take the holiday dessert, for example. You might think that it’s necessary to create a tiered cake, that looks like an Uncle Sam hat, and features fireworks exploding from the top, put that thought out of your mind! You can make a dessert with a theme for the holiday and still have lots of time for relaxation.
Cherry Pie for the Fourth
Some things are considered to be “As American as apple pie” so wouldn’t the same be true for cherry pie? Well, let’s say it is. So, what better dessert than cherry pie for the Fourth? Of course, you’re now thinking that I tricked you, and that you absolutely do not have time to make a pie, but you actually have time to make several pies. Star-topped cherry pies are small, easy, inexpensive, and luscious. Make some for the Fourth of July and your guests will think it’s the best dessert ever!
Use frozen pie crust to make the cherry star pies. After thawing the crust, cut a circle for each pie, and place it in one compartment of a mini muffin pan. After filling each compartment with the bottom dough, spoon cherry pie filling on to fill each pie halfway up. Top with a dough star. Use a cookie cutter to cut a star for each pie; lay the star on top of the cherries. Mix an egg white with some water and brush the liquid onto each star, and the top edge crust, so they will brown. Bake the pies at 425 º for 10 minutes.
There are variations that you can do with the Fourth of July star pies. You can bake ones with cherries and blueberries in it, bake strawberry instead of cherry pies, or even pipe on frosting to add red and blue accents to the star. Serve warm or cold, but until then, sit back and relax; you’ve got everything taken care of!