10 Easy 4th of July Dessert Recipes

10 Easy 4th of July Dessert Recipes

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Happy 4th of July! Here are a few of our all time favorite 4th of July recipes in case you need some ideas . . .

4th of July Cheesecake Dessert

Patriotic Oreo Pops

This deliciously easy blueberry cobbler dump cake will make your whole family happy!

Blueberry Cobbler Dump Cake

Patriotic S'mores

Ribbon Jello (so you're warned: this one is so pretty, but not as easy as the rest!) 🙂

Stars & Stripes Berry Trifle

Skillet Apple Pie

Strawberry Cake

Strawberry Cake

Cherry Cheese Cobbler

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Strawberry Pie

Almost Homemade Blackberry Cobbler

 

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Blueberry Cobbler Dump Cake Recipe (Easy and Yummy for Summer!)

This blueberry cobbler dump cake is an easy summer recipe that your whole family will love! 

This deliciously easy blueberry cobbler dump cake will make your whole family happy!

Blueberry Cobbler Dump Cake

I've been making this Blueberry Cobbler Dump Cake in the summertime for years, and every time I see blueberries go on sale I can't wait to whip it up!

 

It's super simple to make, takes about 3 minutes to dump together, then bake for 45 minutes and serve up with cool whip or your favorite vanilla ice cream. Super simple and easy to make ~ and always a winner at our house!

 

Here's all you need to get started . . .

blueberry cobbler dump cake ingredients

Fill the bottom of your 9×13 baking dish with blueberries.

Layer on the crushed pineapple.

Sprinkle cake mix over top of blueberries & pineapples.

Drizzle melted butter over cake mix.

Bake for 45 minutes, serve warm and enjoy!

How to Make Blueberry Cobbler Dump Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 box yellow cake mix 
  • 2 cups blueberries 
  • 2 sticks of melted butter or margarine 
  • 1 15 oz. can crushed pineapple

Directions

  1. Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
  2. Put blueberries and pineapple in 9×13 baking dish or casserole.
  3. Shake cake mix over top, then drizzle with melted butter or margarine.   (My youngest has been making this one for years ~ when she was little I just put it all out for her to dump!)
  4. You won't need to mix the cake mix with anything, just drizzle well with margarine (I know that's hard to imagine, but it really does work!)
  5. Cook for 45 minutes or until brown on the top. Enjoy! 

 

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4th of July Berry Trifle Recipe

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4th of July Berry Trifle Recipe

 

Guess what I had for breakfast this morning? 😉

Yup, you guessed it. This is one of those recipes that I wait around all year long to make (for whatever reason?), but it's just the perfect treat for the 4th. It's easy to make ahead of time, light and fluffy, and absolutely delicious.

 

Perfect, right? Here's how to whip it up in your kitchen too, plus all the best prices on everything you need so you can pinch those pennies too. 😉

Berry Trifle

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • large package vanilla pudding, instant
  • 2 cups milk
  • 12 oz cool whip
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 angel food cake
  • 1 qt strawberries
  • blueberries
  • sugar

Instructions

  1. Mix first 5 ingredients together using mixer.
  2. Cut angel food cake into cubes.
  3. Slice strawberries.
  4. Layer cake, then cream filling, then strawberries & blueberries. Sprinkle a little sugar over berries.
  5. Repeat.
  6. Top with remaining strawberries and berries.
  7. Refrigerate for an hour prior to serving. Enjoy!
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If you have leftover blueberries and need another yummy dessert to go with your berry trifle – check out this Blueberry Cobbler Dump Cake!

 

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Chocolate Meringue Pie

Chocolate Meringue Pie

Note from Laurie: my cute Reagan is twelve this summer, and she's OBSESSED with baking. She just made her very first chocolate meringue pie (and it truly was the best ever, so I figured you'd appreciate the recipe!)

I shared with her that her grandmother always told me that her neighbor Suzie Thomas made the very best meringue pie, and know this pie would have made Reagan's grandma proud. Let me know if you'd love to see another recipe or two from Reagan (and you can follow her letter board account over on Instagram too ~ she's just starting out but everyone has to start somewhere!) 🙂 

This is Reagan and I'm writing a post about a Chocolate Meringue Pie recipe that my whole family loved. This recipe was on the harder side, but it was totally worth all the time it took.

 

I found the pie recipe at Allrecipes.com, and the best graham cracker crust recipe we could find was on the back of the Kroger graham cracker container box (scroll down for that.)

Ingredients

  • 9 inch baked pie crust (scroll down for the recipe we used)
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 6 tablespoons white sugar
  • 3 egg yolks, beaten

Directions For Chocolate Filling

  1. Mix together sugar, cocoa, corn starch, and salt in a medium saucepan.
  2. Next, slowly add in the milk, stirring constantly.
  3. Cook and stir the filling over medium high heat until thick and
  4. Turn the heat to medium low and stir continuously for two more minutes. Remove pan from heat.
  5. Add one cup of the hot filling to your bowl of 3 beaten egg yolks. After the egg yolks and the filling are mixed well, add them back into the saucepan with the rest of the hot filling and bring to a gentle boil.
  6. Cook and stir on medium low for another two minutes.
  7. Add in the vanilla, then pour the filling into a baked pie crust

Directions for Meringue

  1. In a clean bowl, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form.
  2. Slowly add in the sugar, continuing to beat the egg whites until they are stiff and glossy.
  3. Spread over the hot filling, sealing the meringue into the pie crust. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the meringue is lightly golden.

 

Pie Crust

  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs

Mix together melted butter, sugar and graham cracker crumbs. Spread into pie plate and chill in refrigerator for one hour before baking. Bake at 350 for 8 minutes and cool before filling.

 

Looking for more yummy pie recipes? Here you go! (Um, clearly we love a little pie at our house!)

Strawberry Pie

Smore Peanut Butter Pie 

Skillet Apple Pie

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Peanut Butter Brownie Pizza Recipe

Good gravy do I have a treat in store for you! This one will be PERFECT for the weekend! ❤️

Peanut Butter Brownie Pizza

Peanut Butter Brownie Pizza

This recipe does not disappoint and is just scrumptious!!

Honestly, any time there is chocolate, cream cheese and peanut butter all together in a recipe, it most likely will be a winner. 💯

If you like to mix your chocolate with your peanut butter ~ this one's for you! 🙂

Peanut Butter Brownie Pizza Directions

Ingredients

  • 18.3 oz pkg brownie mix with ingredients for making cake-like brownies
  • 8 oz pkg cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp coconut oil or vegetable shortening
  • ½ cup peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • about 20 miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, cut into quarters

This recipe is enough to make TWO 9 inch brownie pizzas.

 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Peanut Butter Brownie Pizza

2. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions for cake-like brownies.

3. Spritz two 9 inch round cake pans with non-stick cooking spray. Line with parchment paper and spritz again. Divide the brownie mix between the two pans.

4. Bake the brownies for 15 to 20 minutes or until the middle is set. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Remove from baking pans before decorating.

Peanut Butter Brownie Pizza

5. In a medium bowl, beat together the peanut butter, cream cheese, and powdered sugar. Mix until smooth. (If the consistency is not easily spreadable due to a different consistency in the peanut butter, mix in 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk.)

Peanut Butter Brownie Pizza

 

Peanut Butter Brownie Pizza

6. Evenly spread cream cheese mixture over the cookie. Decorate as desired with peanuts and peanut butter cups.

Peanut Butter Brownie Pizza

7. Melt milk chocolate chips with coconut oil in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir well. Drizzle over peanuts and candy.

Peanut Butter Brownie Pizza

8. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Best if served immediately.

Peanut Butter Brownie Pizza

Sooooo yummy! 😋

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Bunny Buns Easter Cheese Ball Recipe (SO CUTE!)

I'm not gonna lie, I've been completely obsessed with this bunny bun cheeseball for about a month now and am super excited to share it with you today! Such a fun dessert to whip up for Easter. 🐰

 

Bunny Buns Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

Cheree' here! I've seen several versions of this sweet bunny buns over on Pinterest, but I've been making a chocolate chip cheese ball for years so I decided to use that recipe as a base for this one (because honestly my family thinks it's the best, so why mess with perfection)!

Hmmm, I'll need to share that specific recipe with y'all later. 🙂

Bunny Buns Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

To Make the Bunny Buns Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball You'll Need:

Ingredients

  • 8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened (not margarine)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup confectioner sugar
  • 2 Tbsps brown sugar
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Easter M&M's, chopped (reserve 8 pink M&M's for the toes)
  • 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles
  • bag of unsweetened coconut flakes
  • graham crackers, vanilla wafers, gingersnaps or animal crackers to serve

Instructions

1. Combine cream cheese, butter and vanilla and mix until smooth. Add sugars and beat until well combined. Stir in white chocolate chips, M&M's and sprinkles. Cover and refrigerate about 2 hours.

2. Separate cream cheese mixture and roll into 1 large, 2 medium and 1 small ball.

 

3. Gently roll in coconut until covered.

 

Bunny Buns Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

 

5. Assemble your bunny bun by adding the small ball as the tail and flatten the two medium sized balls a bit and add as the feet. Add pink M&M's (or your preferred color) for the toes.

 

Bunny Buns Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

6. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

 

7. Serve with desired crackers or cookies.

 

Not crazy about coconut??? Try this cheese ball rolled in pecan or toffee pieces for a year round treat! 🙂

Bunny Buns Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

 

I can hardly handle the cuteness!! 🐰💕

 

Bunny Buns Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

 

It's almost too cute to eat……..ALMOST! You and your family won't be disappointed, YUM!

 

Bunny Buns Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

 

We would love to see a pic if you decide to give this one a try for Easter! 🙂

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Resurrection Rolls Easter Recipe

We've been making Resurrection rolls for as long as I can remember – they're a sweet part of our Easter morning breakfast tradition and I think you'll love them too!

Resurrection Rolls Recipe

 

If you're looking for something special to make on Easter morning that also has a little object lesson for your family, these Resurrection Rolls might be just the thing to try out.

Back when my husband and I were first married, I made these rolls and we absolutely loved them.  Somewhere along the way though, I completely forgot about them until a PPP reader reminded me about them, so we of course had to try them out again.

Resurrection Rolls are one of those great recipes that use up a few Pillsbury Crescent Rolls  (is it possible to mess up a Pillsbury Crescent Roll?  we did of course use the reduced fat variety . . .), but are also just a fun treat to make each Easter.

 

My kids help me make them, and promptly devour a few minutes after they pop out of the oven.

 

So why are they called Resurrection Rolls?

 

Well, you use a marshmallow for the recipe, but when the sweet rolls bake up, the marshmallow disappears, so the “tomb” is found empty.  We had an interesting discussion when my youngest was little and asked  ~ “Momma, Why did Jesus have to die on that cross?” 

Well, I love that these rolls offer a little object lesson on Easter (as well as make an amazing treat.) The crescent rolls represent the cloth that Jesus was wrapped in, the white marshmallow represents Christ because of His purity, the butter represents the embalming oils and the cinnamon sugar are examples of the spices used to prepare Christ's body for burial.

After the Resurrection Rolls bake, the marshmallows “disappear” and the rolls represent the empty tomb.

These are a great treat any time of year, and we usually make a double batch because we love them just so much. If you're looking for a unique way to share the Easter story with your kids, these Resurrection Rolls might be just the treat in your home too.

 

Resurrection Rolls (we doubled the recipe)

Ingredients

  1. 1 package Crescent Rolls
  2. 8 marshmallows  or Peeps 🙂 
  3. 1/4 cup melted butter or margarine
  4. 2 tbsp. cinnamon
  5. 2 tbsp. sugar

Directions

  1. Mix together cinnamon and sugar in small bowl.  In another bowl melt margarine.
  2. Dip marshmallow into butter, then into cinnamon sugar.
  3. Roll marshmallow in crescent roll, pinching together at the seams.
  4. Roll crescent roll in butter, then cinnamon sugar again.
  5. Spray muffin cup liners with cooking spray, then place each crescent roll in muffin tin.
  6. Bake in 400 degree oven for 12-14 minutes.
  7. Enjoy! Makes 8 rolls.
*Note – you may want to put some aluminum foil underneath these while they're baking as the marshmallow goo tends to leak a bit.  

Do you have any special treats that you plan to make this Easter?  I'd love to hear what they are in the comments section . . . I'm always looking for new ideas!


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Valentine White Trash Candy

Valentine White Trash Candy

This is typically a recipe I think about during the Christmas season, but it's really PERFECT for any seasonal holiday. So, Valentine's Day seemed like the perfect holiday to whip some up! 💗

Here's what you'll need to get started . . .

plus, a great use for the almond bark I snagged on clearance at Kroger 👇🏻👇🏻 – WHOOP!

 

measure out the ingredients – this 8 cup Pyrex measuring cup is awesome!

 

 

toss them all together in a ginormous bowl!

 

 

melt your almond bark (or use 2 packages of white morsels along with 2 tablespoons vegetable oil instead) – either way is FANTASTIC!

 

 

mix it all up….

 

 

then spread onto wax paper, add a few sprinkles and let cool 🙂

 

 

and try not to nibble, ha!  😜

 

package it up as fast as you can and give it away!!! 

 

How to Make Valentine White Trash Candy:

 

Ingredients

  • 6 cups Rice or Corn Chex Cereal
  • 6 cups small pretzels
  • 16 oz jar dry roasted peanuts
  • 11 oz bag plan M&M's
  • 24 oz almond bark (1 1/2 packages)
  • sprinkles (optional)
  • wax or parchment paper

Directions

  1. Combine cereal, pretzels, peanuts and M&M's in a huge bowl.
  2. Line 2 large baking sheets with wax or parchment paper. Or, spread a couple of large pieces on your countertop if they can tolerate a bit of heat.
  3. Place almond bark in a large glass bowl. Microwave in 30 second intervals until the almond bark is melted and very pourable.
  4. Pour melted almond bark over dry ingredients; stirring gently to combine. Once combined, spoon mixture onto the wax paper and spread. Add sprinkles, if desired.
  5. Cool on the countertop or pop in the refrigerator until set. Break into pieces and store in an air-tight container at room temperature.

 

So yummy and completely addictive…….I warned ya! 🤗

Looking for a few more fun Valentine ideas??

Here's everything you need to have the pefect Valentine's Day Dinner - on the cheap!! Complete with grocery list, recipes and menu cards!!

Valentine's Day Dinner (on the cheap!)

How adorable is this DIY Dollar Tree Candy Jar?

DIY Dollar Tree Candy Jar

These 3 quick and easy Valentine crafts will help fluff up any room for the holiday!

3 Quick and Easy DIY Valentine Crafts

 

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Dollar Tree Valentine Project

 

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