July 2, 2012

4th of July recipes! (aka sugar overload)

So it was a super busy weekend and I can say that I did not read any blogs at all on Sunday and just skimmed a few on Saturday.  I'll get back to business today as "someone" is going on a hunting trip ("Why?" is beyond me.  It's cold out there.)  However, while I catch up with blog life and write up some stuff for tomorrow, here are my recommendations for this week's holiday...

P.S.  I forgot to source my Pins yesterday.  All pictures I put on this blog, if I didn't take them and if not otherwise mentioned, come from my Pinterest page.

Looking for something yummy to make for the 4th of July?

When we go out (yes, it does happen), I automatically volunteer dessert.

Real food just doesn't appeal to me in the same way.

Here's my suggestions..

Last year, I did mini-cupcakes.  You could totally mix up the frosting to make it more patriotic. 
Chocolate Chip Mini-Cupcakes with PB Frosting

Or Strawberry Lemon Mini-Cupcakes

People will eat anything if it's a "mini".  (People are silly.  I'd rather eat a GIANT cupcake.)

Or if they can dip something into something else.
Try Cake Batter Dip.
Or if you have any of that rhubarb stuff lying around, Strawberry-Rhubarb Cobbler might be yummy (if you're not me).  I'd post the picture, but it's horrible.  I'll make it again when my parents visit and remedy that situation.

Some Sugar Cookie Fudge, mayhaps?? (Store it in the freezer.  It was my after-school snack for an entire week. *Nom, nom, nom*)

These Blueberry Cookies are ah-maz-ing.  The pictures I took of them are horrible.  But, I've been making these since I swiped the recipe from Giada in 2005.  Try them!

This Patriotic Sugar Cookie Pie is what I would make for Memorial Day, 4th of July, Veterans' Day, and anything else slightly patriotic.  Just so I have an excuse to eat it.

I almost forgot about these!  I spent a lot of time last summer coming up with these perfectly tart Lemon-Lime Coconut Bars.

And Cake Batter Rice Crispy Treats for a low-maintenance option...

These White Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats are super-duper yummy judging by the way they disappeared from the staff lounge at school before 9am.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake is my favorite (it also needs a picture re-do).

And Funfetti Ice Cream Cupcakes would be easy if you're at a picnic with young-uns.

Oh, you don't require 18 pounds of sugar to get you through the day?

I would totally make these Ranch Seasoned Pretzels.  I won't touch ranch dressing, but I make my own dip with the packets of dry seasoning all the time.

Or Garlic and Lime Black Bean Salsa.  Yum.

I'd also suggest Guacamole, but that stuff usually doesn't make it out of the house without me eating it all.


  1. So many wonderful ideas hare! How will I ever choose?? :)

  2. And now I'm in a sugar coma, lol! Have a great 4th!

  3. i always volunteer to bring dessert too!! and have to bring one on wed. maybe I'll make that sugar cookie fudge again - it was such a hit the first time I did!

  4. I need a shot of insulin after that!! Wow you are a busy little baker and everything is so tempting...how do I choose? Happy 4th of July

  5. Sugar Cookie Pie? Awesome. I am also in love with those lemon-lime bars. YUM!

  6. oh my, these all look so yummy... and now i'm hungry and must go get a snack :P

  7. I would a million of those mini cupcakes. Plus I really want to make cake batter dip!! Thanks for linking up with The Blog Party, you are up!

  8. You're definitely not doing me any favors with this yummy post. I'm loving the recipe for the Lemon-Lime Coconut Bars. I'm a fan of all things lemon.

    I've made a black bean salsa like that, although mine didnt have any garlic in it but did have avocado chunks. Anyway, it was a big hit. So good!


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