Top 5 Red, White & Blue Desserts

I am counting down the days until my favorite holiday, Independence Day! Before we cue the fireworks and break out the grill, I wanted to find the perfect 4th of July dessert to bring to our family cookout. I searched the Clabber Girl recipe archive and chose these five gems! Each one is red, white or blue and will be a crowd pleaser. Now the only thing left is to decide which one to make!

Blueberry BarsBlueberry Bars

These bars look very easy to make and I love that the recipe calls for fresh blueberries! For a bar that sports red, white and blue colors, I would use 1.5 cups strawberries and 1.5 cups blueberries for the filling and then top it off with whipped cream.

2 C. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Soda
1 Tbsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
2 C. quick-cooking rolled oats
1 C. firmly packed brown sugar
1 C. margarine
3 C. blueberries
3/4 C. granulated sugar
1/3 C. water
2 Tbsp. Clabber Girl corn starch
1/4 tsp. salt

For the filling: In a medium saucepan combine blueberries, sugar, water, Clabber Girl Corn Starch and salt. Cook at medium heat about 10 minutes or util thickened. Set aside.

For the dough: In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and Clabber Girl Baking Powder. Cut in margarine with pastry cutter. Stir in brown sugar and rolled oats.

To assemble: Press half of dough mixture into greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Pour blueberry mixture on top; top with other half of flour mixture. Bake at 350° F for 45 minutes, until top is slightly browned. Cool before cutting into bars.

Stars-n-Fruit DessertStars-and-Fruit-Dessert

I love how simple and pretty this dessert looks! Since it calls for the cake to be cut into stars, I can use my star cookie cutter and alternate the star orientation so that there isn’t much wasted cake. I could serve these in mason jars as individual parfaits. This would also be cute to make as a layered cake in a 9×13-inch casserole pan. I could layer the fruit on the bottom, whipped cream dolloped on next and the sponge cake on the top layer. This would allow the fruit to show through the slices of cake and be easy to serve up to a large crowd.

Star Cake:
3 eggs
1 C. granulated sugar
6 Tbsp. orange juice
1 C. sifted cake flour
1 1/2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 C. powdered sugar
Fruit:
4 C. mixed berries: blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or blackberries
1 C. granulated sugar
whipped cream, for garnish

For the stars: Grease and flour a 15 x 10-inch sheet pan, preheat oven to 375° F. Beat eggs until light and lemon-colored; add sugar gradually, beating until mixture is very thick. Add the orange juice and mix until blended. Sift together flour, Clabber Girl Baking Powder and salt. Add to the mixture, mixing only enough to blend smoothly. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes. Cool in pan on wire rack and cool completely. Turn out onto waxed paper. With a 2-inch star cutter, cut out star shapes. Keep cuts as close together as possible. Store shapes on a flat surface until ready to assemble.

Berries: Wash fresh berries; hull and slice any strawberries that you might have.Toss berries with 1 cup sugar. Refrigerate for approximately 1 hour.

To assemble: Place approximately 1 cup berries in each dessert bowl or plate; decorate with a dollop of whipped cream and about 3-4 stars. You can also add red, white or blue sprinkles as a finishing touch for a more festive garnish. Serve immediately.

Summer Vanilla Ice CreamSummer Vanilla Ice Cream

Homemade ice cream is a summer favorite of mine! It’s even better with fresh strawberries and blueberries for a tangy and sweet, yet creamy, dessert. Even a sprinkle of red, white and blue candies could help make this festive for Independence Day.

2 1/2 C. milk
1 1/2 C. heavy cream
2/3 C. granulated sugar
1/4 C. Clabber Girl Corn Starch
1 1/2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
strawberries and blueberries, optional

In a heavy bottomed medium saucepan, gradually whisk one cup of the milk into the Clabber Girl Corn Starch until the corn starch is dissolved. Whisk in the remaining milk, cream and sugar. Cook over medium low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is simmering and slightly thickened, about 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl set in a larger bowl of iced water. Stir in the vanilla. Let sit, stirring frequently, until completely chilled. Pour the mixture into the container of an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturers instructions. Transfer the frozen ice cream to a large, airtight container. Cover and freeze until firm and set, about 4 hours. Serve frozen.

Strawberry Rhubarb PieStrawberry Rhubarb Pie

I think this would be the perfect pie to bring to a 4th of July party! If you haven’t had rhubarb before, it looks a little like celery, but don’t worry, it tastes nothing like celery and isn’t as fibrous. Sweet strawberries are the perfect compliment to rhubarb, which can be slightly sour. I love pairing these together in a flaky pastry, then topped with a dollop of whipped cream.

Crust:
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. salt
10 Tbsp. butter, cold and cut into chunks
4 oz. cold water

Filling:
2 Tbsp. Clabber Girl Corn Starch
2 cups fresh rhubarb, chopped
1 cup granulated sugar
3 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
2 Tbsp. butter
1 egg white
2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
1/4 tsp. vanilla

Directions:
Pie crust:
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the chunks of cold butter and mix the butter into the flour using a pastry blender. Continue to do this until the mixture looks like bread crumbs or small pieces of butter. Add the cold water and stir it into the mixture so that it all sticks together. Clump the dough all together to form a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. You want the dough chilled and cold, but not hard.

Roll out the dough to a 13 inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Save some dough for your top lattice strips. Lay the circle of crust dough in your greased pie dish. Roll out the remaining dough and cut into 1 inch wide strips for the lattice top and leave aside until fruit in the pie crust.

Pie Filling:
Whisk Clabber Girl Corn Starch together with 1/4 cup water until well blended. Combine with the rhubarb and sugar in a medium pot and heat until thickened. Then add to strawberries. Add the vanilla and stir all together. Then let sit for about 30 minutes for your filling to thicken. Pour the fruit mixture into the pie crust. Add the butter chunks on top.

Arrange the crust strips in a lattice pattern over the fruit mixture and press the strip ends into the crust. Brush the egg whites onto the top of the crust strips and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake at 400° F. for about 35 minutes or golden in color. Let cool for filling to settle and thicken.

Sugar Cookies

This recipe was submitted by a fellow Clabber Girl employee and it is a recipe box staple! This is one of the rare kinds of sugar cookie recipes that don’t require refrigerating the dough prior to cutting out shapes. If you need a last minute dessert that looks like you spent hours on, bake away, friends! You can top the cookies with sprinkles prior to baking or frost and sprinkle after baking. Either way, these are fun and taste great! They’re the perfect finger food for tiny hands at your 4th of July party.

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

3 C. all-purpose flour, sifted
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
1 C. sugar
1 C. butter, softened
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 Tbsp. cream or evaporated milk
1 tsp. vanilla

In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, salt, Clabber Girl Baking Powder and sugar. Cut in butter until fine. Add the slightly beaten egg, cream (or evaporated milk), and vanilla. Roll out dough on slightly floured surface. Sprinkle with sugar. Cut out with cookie cutters and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 400° F for 5 to 8 minutes until edges just start to brown. Makes 2 to 3 dozen cookies, depending on the size of cookie cutters used. From the Clabber Girl Recipe Book “RECIPES TO WARM THE HEART”- Submitted by Sherry Wood.