If you’ve browsed a grocery store bakery, your favorite food magazine or even Pinterest about this time of year, you’ve probably noticed a burst of red, white and blue for desserts or dessert ideas.
And that layer cake with alternating red and white layers topped with blueberries (and possibly even more red and white stripes) always seems like a good idea ahead of time.
But somehow your inner Martha Stewart gets shoved to the side with work, kids and household responsibilities—and maybe even travel plans.
But you can still pull off one of those super Pinterest mom (or maybe even dad) desserts with one of these four easy options. They’ll just take a little slicing, skewering, light baking and patience.
1. Fabulous Fruit Skewers: By far the easiest of the four, these flag fruit kebobs only require slicing and skewering. Perhaps the kids can even help with this one, provided you slice the fruit and give some tips on skewering safety.
2. Patriotic Party Jell-O Snacks: The presentation of these may look a little intimidating (read: time-consuming), but you can skip painting the jar lids, the twine and the American flags if you must. This recipe is easy—all you’re doing is making Jell-O, adding fruit and letting it set in individual jars—but it will require some patience because it takes a couple of steps.
3. Wave Your Flag Cake: Several pre-packaged or store-bought shortcuts make this cake easier to prepare than it looks. Sliced pound cake on the bottom is covered with softened gelatin, sliced strawberries and blueberries. Once set, a layer of whipped topping and festively arranged strawberries and blueberries equals a pretty patriotic cake.
4. Flag Fruit Pizza: This one requires a little baking, but the rave reviews it’s gotten may just make it worth it. The crust is pre-packaged sugar cookie dough, and the sauce is a blend of cream cheese, powdered sugar and whipped topping. The most difficult step (other than maybe arranging the fruit) is the glaze, which will require using a saucepan to bring the ingredients—sugar, OJ, water and lemon juice—to a boil.
Best wishes for a safe and happy 4th!