4th of July Entertaining Series Part 2: Warm Weather Desserts

By Hannah Hassler

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After you and your guests have eaten all the hot dogs, hamburgers, and other delicious food you’ve put out – finish it all up with dessert!  We’ve put together two warm weather desserts that would be the perfect ending to any outdoor BBQ.

Red, White & Blueberry

Easy to make – but hard to pass up – Strawberry Cheesecake Bites are perfect cookout treats. These bite-size bonanzas of fresh fruit have just the right amount of sweetness. The best part? It’s an easy recipe to double.

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Ingredients:
10-20 large strawberries
Enough blueberries for 4x the amount of strawberries you choose to use
4 oz. cream cheese, softened (per 10 strawberries)
1/4 c. confectioner’s sugar (per 10 strawberries)
1/8 to 1/4 tsp. almond extract (per 10 strawberries)

Directions
1. Place softened cream cheese, confectioner’s sugar, and almond extract in a small bowl; stir until well combined and smooth. Chill for about 10 to 15 minutes.

2. As the cream cheese mixture chills, rinse strawberries and pat dry with a clean towel or paper towels. Slice each strawberry in half lengthwise and set aside on a plate or serving platter with the cut side up.

3.  Spoon cream cheese mixture into a piping bag fitted with a large star tip, or use a baggie and cut one of the bottom corners.  Next, pipe cream cheese mixture onto each of the strawberry halves.

4.  Top each strawberry half with two blueberries. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to about 3 hours – easy to make ahead!

Jars & Stripes Forever

Cake mix, food coloring and frosting combine to create a feast for the eyes and the taste buds. This colorful Cake in a Jar is a delicious declaration of independence from the usual desserts.

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Ingredients:
2 boxes of White Cake Mix
2 Cookie Sheets
Parchment Paper
Red Food Coloring
Royal Blue Food Coloring
Pre-made buttercream frosting
Decorating Tip
Mason Jars

Directions:

1.Use the 2 boxes of cake mix to make one blue cake (with the food coloring) and one red cake (with the food coloring) on each of the 2 cookie sheets.  Using parchment paper under the cakes will keep the edges and bottoms from browning.

2. Once the cakes have cooled, crumble them up a bit and begin placing crumbles of the red cake at the bottom of mason jars.

3. After you’ve layered the mason jars with all of the red cake, pipe some of the buttercream frosting on top using a decorating tip to get a small swirl (make sure you leave enough to top them all off with frosting!)

4. Next, do a layer of the blue cake crumbles, and finish off with another swirl of frosting.  This is another easy recipe to make ahead!

To pair your delicious desserts with an iced beverage, try any of your favorite beverages over ice – just brew on the smallest cup size setting, or make one of our refreshing iced teas, perfect for that hot summer day!

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