Happy 4th of July, everyone! I hope you’re all out celebrating with some good food, friends and fireworks. I recommend grilling, especially if you live somewhere hot. Nothing beats a hot day like standing in front of a hot grill – and then being able to appreciate the temperature difference once you step away from the grill to eat!
These patriotic cupcakes are just simple vanilla cupcakes with some cream cheese frosting. I used red and blue sanding sugar to make the striped design on top. These look festive and take very little time to make. Even easier are my Red, White and Blue Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries. If you go the chocolate dipping route for dessert, don’t forget that you can dip any other cookies or treats you have around the house into the melted chocolate. Kids will go crazy dipping cookies and marshmallows, in addition to the strawberries, especially when you introduce sprinkles as decorations (I had some help with my chocolate-dipped Oreos, pictured below). White chocolate, along with red and blue sprinkles is the best combination for the 4th of July, but feel free to bring in some milk or dark chocolate, too.