Before you head out the door to that fabulous Independence Day picnic, grab a few simple ingredients and make these delicious star-spangled treats.
This popular Spanish drink gets a red, white and blue makeover in this Star-Spangled Sangria recipe. Enjoy this festive drink on the Fourth of July or any day this summer when you want something refreshing to sip.
2 bottles of Pinot Grigio
6 ounces blueberries, rinsed and stems removed
6 ounces raspberries, rinsed
8 ounces strawberries, rinsed and sliced
1 red apple (1 half chopped and 1 half cut into stars)
4 tablespoons Grand Marnier
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
Pour wine into a pitcher and add fruit. Let mixture sit in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours.
When ready to serve, remove from fridge and add in Grand Mariner and sugar. Stir well.
Serve immediately over ice.
Patriotic Thumbprint Cookies
In my family, thumbprint cookies seem to have a place at every holiday get-together. For Christmas and Easter we roll them in nuts and make icing centers coordinate with the season. At Valentine’s Day, we make them chocolate. And now for Fourth of July we can dress them up with star sprinkles.
These thumbprint cookies have a delicious sweet and tangy flavor. The vanilla and raspberry are perfect companions.
Makes about 3 dozen cookies
2 ¾ cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ cup sprinkles
⅛ cup raspberry jam
Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 F.
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar until blended. Add vanilla and egg. Beat until combined.
Add the flour one cup at a time and beat until combined.
Pour sprinkles into a small bowl or dish. Roll dough into small balls and roll in sprinkles.
Press thumb into center of cookies and fill with raspberry jam. Bake at 350 for about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove and cool on wire rack.
Let cookies cool completely before icing. Pipe icing onto cookies making stripes. Top with more sprinkles.
Star-Spangled Ice Cream Sandwiches
Ice cream sandwiches already scream summer, but with a little makeover, they can be the coolest Fourth of July treat at the table.
OK this “recipe” is basically cheating. But if you want to add a little fun to your Fourth of July without any effort — literally, like zero effort — then you’ll love this simple trick.
Buy a pack of ice cream sandwiches from the grocery store. I went for the mini sandwiches since there are always so many delicious treats at picnics. Smaller sizes mean you can sample more sweets. They also mean less mess, since they won’t have as much time to melt.
Pour some sprinkles in a bowl, and get rolling. Just like an ice cream cone with sprinkles, the extra taste and texture is delicious — and way more fun!
1 dozen ice cream sandwiches, or 2 dozen minis
¼ cup red, white and blue sprinkles, in a small bowl
Keep ice cream sandwiches frozen until ready to make recipe. Remove one sandwich at a time from its paper. Roll edges in sprinkles. Either return to paper or place on platter and store in freezer until ready to serve. Repeat with each sandwich.