4 Easy Treats for the 4th of July

Casual and colorful desserts made easy

7/3/2015, 2 p.m. | Updated on 6/27/2015, 1:32 p.m.
The Wilton Test Kitchen developed these deliciously easy ideas to go with your summer celebration so you can enjoy the ...
Fourth of July Celebration made easy with these recipes! (Courtesy Photo)

— Everyone will be bringing something to the 4th of July picnic, but you can bring the grand finale. Each of these tasty sweet treats captures the flair of the 4th without the fuss. In just a little time, you can add patriotic color and fun flavor to classics like cupcakes, ice cream cones and cookies.

Dipped Ice Cream Cones: Add color and crunch to your cones with a dip in red, white or blue melted Candy Melts candy and a variety of patriotic sprinkles. The Cone Cakes baking rack holds the cones for drying and serving.

Red, White and Blue Swirled Cupcakes: Everyone loves picnic treats they can grab and eat, and these July 4th cupcakes also bring pyrotechnics to the plate. Each is topped with an explosive three-color swirl of icing, easily created with the Color Swirl Three-Color Coupler.

S’mores Crispy Cereal Treats: These crunchy cereal bars pack the flavor of traditional s’mores while being much neater to eat. The marshmallow, cereal and candy mixture is laced with warm cinnamon graham and creamy vanilla custard flavors using Treatology Flavor concentrates.

Creamy Coconut Cookie Flag: Give the day a flag-waving finish with red, white and blue royal iced cookies that hold up to the heat using the Color Right™ Performance Color System. The tropical taste combination of toasted coconut and creamy vanilla is just right for summer.

It’s a great feeling to bring a dessert that can’t miss. The Wilton Test Kitchen developed these deliciously easy ideas to go with your summer celebration so you can enjoy the fireworks with everyone else. For more party ideas, visit www.wilton.com.

Dipped Ice Cream Cones

Yield: 12 ice cream cones

1 bag (12 ounces) Bright White Candy Melts Candy

Sugar ice cream cones

Jimmies 6-Mix Sprinkle Assortment

Rainbow Jimmies

Melt candy in microwave safe bowl. Dip cones about 1 inch deep around opening of cone. Cut small hole in tip of bag and drizzle melted candy 1 inch deep around opening of cone. Tap cone lightly to smooth, and sprinkle with jimmies. Position cone in cone rack. Let chill, about 10–15 minutes.

Add ice cream scoops at party and serve in cone rack.

Red, White and Blue Swirled Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Favorite cupcake recipe or mix

1 4.5-pound tub White Ready-To-Use Decorator Icing

Color Right Performance Color System

Icing Colors

Red (formula 186): 2 cups icing + 40 R

White: Reserve 2 cups icing

Deep Blue (formula 647): 2 cups icing + 26 B + 8 R + 4 P

Bake cupcakes according to package directions in red, white and blue standard baking cups.

Tint icing following color formulas above. Prepare Color Swirl 3-Color Coupler according to package directions, filling one decorating bag each with red, white and blue icing and fitting with tip 1M. Pipe a swirl on each cooled cupcake top.

S’mores Crispy Cereal Treats

Yield: 20 servings

6 tablespoons butter

1 bag (16 ounces) regular-sized marshmallows

1/4 teaspoon Warm Cinnamon Graham Treatology Flavor Concentrate

10 drops Creamy Vanilla Custard Treatology Flavor Concentrate