While July 4th is all about celebrating America's independence, 4th of July parties are all about the food. It looks like Americans will be able to host small, outdoor gatherings for Independence Day this year, which means it's time to break out your best 4th of July recipes and plan your Independence Day party menu. From your 4th of July appetizers to your red, white, and blue desserts, you can show off your patriotism through your food all day long. And while 4th of July cakes can double as stunning centerpieces, 4th of July cookies are likely a better choice for your backyard gathering if you're looking to avoid sharing dishes.
Of course, your party dessert doesn't actually have to be red, white, and blue to delight your guests. But why not make patriotic cookies that look as pretty as your 4th of July decor? From mini apple pies to cheesecake flags to star-spangled Oreo pops, these red, white, and blue cookies look just as good as they taste (and no, you don't have to be a culinary whiz to make them). Don't forget to prepare some delicious 4th of July drink recipes to help wash those cookies down.
Flag Cheesecake Cookie Bars
Compete with blueberries, strawberry jam, and a graham-cracker crust, these adorable cheesecake cookie squares are as fun to make as they are to eat.
Get the recipe for Flag Cheesecake Cookie Bars.
Captain America Cookies
Even Chris Evans himself would approve of these Captain America cookies, which are made with the help of red food coloring, white chocolate chips, and blue M&Ms.
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Freedom Cookie Pops
Let freedom ring with these patriotic Nutter Butter cookie pops, which are coated with white chocolate and sprinkled with red and blue sanding sugar.
Get the recipe for Freedom Cookie Pops.
Star Spangled S'more Cookies
What could be better than a classic s'more? A s'more with red, white, and blue marshmallow filling, of course.
Get the recipe for Star Spangled S'more Cookies.
Apple Pie Cookies
Nothing is more American than apple pie, and these precious bite-sized apple pies taste just as good as the real thing (but only take half the time to make!).
Get the recipe for Apple Pie Cookies.
Red, White, and Blue Star Cookies
The hard candy center of these pretty star-shaped cookies is sure to make them stand out at any 4th of July gathering.
Get the recipe for Red, White, and Blue Star Cookies.
Strawberry Shortcake Cookies
Strawberry shortcake is the ultimate Independence Day dessert, but these cute shortbread cookies are so much easier to serve than the real thing.
Get the recipe for Strawberry Shortcake Cookies.
Patriotic Oreo Cookie Pops
These yummy candy melt Oreo pops look so professional that your guests won't believe you made them yourself.
Get the recipe for Patriotic Oreo Cookie Pops.
Mini Burger Cookies
Even if your youngest Independence Day party guests don't care for barbecue, they won't be able to resist these mini Vanilla wafer burger cookies.
Get the recipe for Mini Burger Cookies.
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