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My preschooler thinks that as soon as December hits, it’s Christmas and Santa is coming (like, that day).
Time is obviously not a strong suite for this age group, nor do I expect my 4-year-old to have the patience during this already chaotic month to be waiting on the red-suited jolly ol’ fella. I knew I needed to start some type of countdown with him this year, so I headed to every mama’s favorite website (ahem, hello Amazon) and searched (because, to be honest, I lack time for DIY in December).
It’s the 4th of July, so grab your drink of choice and take a seat!
I’ve got you covered with a few super simplered, white, and blue treats!
America’s birthday isn’t complete without the typical family-friendly backyard BBQ. With the hamburgers and hot dogs covered, don’t forget about a patriotic dessert to end the night while watching fireworks light up the sky. Check out these easy ways to take a simple sweet treat and add a little red, white, and blue flair to take to your 4th of July celebration this year!
Firework Sprinkle Cookies
These are my go-to cookie when I need a SUPER quick, SUPER easy cookie that’s been dressed up a bit. Dip break-apart cookie dough bites into red, white, and blue sprinkles to make these Firework Sprinkle Cookies. Kids and sprinkles are the perfect combination, so enlist your kids to help you with the dipping!
Break-apart cookie dough bites (from the refrigerated section of the grocery store — or balls of real cookie dough that you’ve just whipped up, if you’ve got the time for that, Miss Betty Crocker)
Holiday-themed sprinkles (red, white, and blue) + small dish/container to put sprinkles in
Directions for Making:
Preheat oven as directed
Pour sprinkles into small dish/container + break apart cookie dough bites
Individually dip top face of cookie dough bites into sprinkles, one at a time + place dough bite on cookie sheet (sprinkle side up)
Bake dough bites in oven as directed + let cool on cookie sheet
Enjoy these dressed up cookies with family and friends!
Birthday Celebration Sandwiches
Every summer celebration calls for ice cream! Take away the mess of scooping and cones and have ice cream sandwiches instead! Let the kids help with the dipping of the sandwiches in the sprinkles. This sweet treat can be made ahead of time (just keep the sandwiches in a stack separated by parchment paper in the freezer until you’re ready to dive in)!
Ice cream sandwiches (pick your favorite flavor!)
Holiday-themed sprinkles (red, white, and blue) + larger dish/container to put sprinkles in
Directions for Making:
Unwrap ice cream sandwiches from paper
One at a time, dip sides of ice cream sandwich into sprinkles
Repeat with remaining ice cream sandwiches + place parchment/wax paper in between sprinkled sandwiches (to help them not stick)
Store in freezer until ready to serve
What’s better than ice cream on a warm summer night!? (Um, ice cream with SPRINKLES! Enjoy!)
American Flag Brownies
Brownies are an easy treat to bake, so why not pipe a little frosting and turn them into the grand ol’ flag! Every 4th of July celebration needs a little chocolate bite, and you can even turn the piping of the frosting flag into a mini history lesson about our flag’s 13 stripes and 50 stars (though you obviously can’t fit them all)!
Box of brownie mix (or ingredients for whipping up brownies from scratch, Betty) + ingredients needed to make brownies, as directed