Festive 4th of July Treats

Here’s a little round up of some 4th of July treats I’ve made in the past.  I thought they might be fun inspiration for you to make some special treats for your celebrations.

4th of July cookies- HERE is the link to my sugar cookie recipe, and I’ve posted some basic decorating help HERE and HERE.

A few tips on the designs above…

For the ones with the multi color border I piped a stiff consistency icing around the edge of the cookie, then sprinkled some red, white and blue non pareil sprinkles on the line of (still wet) icing.  After the border is dry (wait at least an hour, maybe more), fill in the center of the cookie with a flood consistency icing.


The designs on the star cookies were accomplished by adding either dots or lines or red and blue icing onto a base of (still wet) white icing.  Then drag a toothpick any direction you want to create some fun designs.

Both of these Jello desserts involve layering any flavor of red jello, a layer of blue jello, and the layer in the middle is made by preparing a small box of lemon jello, put it in a bowl in the fridge until it thickens slightly and then fold (gently mix) in a 8oz. tub of Cool Whip.

Both the flag jello (above) and the layered cups (below) are topped with Cool Whip.  I love real whipped cream for most desserts, but Cool Whip holds up much better in the heat, so it’s more appropriate for these summer treats.

Here’s a couple All-American sweeties enjoying their patriotic jello.

One of my daughters (on the right) with two of her cousins.

Happy Independence Day!!


  1. Oh wow! These are out of sight! Very creative. My favourite would be the cup with the strawberries on top. It inspires me for Bastille day, same colours non? 🙂

  2. Thanks for the great ideas, Glory! I can't stop looking at your photos… they have the perfect light, would love to have your skills…

  3. You have been busy my friend! They all look amazing! You are so creative and talented!

  4. One of those might have been from our party a few years back… and I do believe EVERYONE not just thought it as beautiful but it was super tasty too!

  5. These are BEAUTIFUL! I wanted to salute! 🙂 I wish we would be at home to make these wonderful treats! It may be tough around a campfire! Next year!

  6. So pretty! I think I will make cookies for the 4th instead of cupcakes!

  7. soo cute! i really love the multicolored borders..what a great idea!

  8. OMG! Breathtaking!!! I love the jello desserts! both the flag & the ones in cups!! Sooo pretty!! You are so creative! The cookies are gorgeous too!

  9. Wow, perfection in every photo! I just LOVE that, lol. 🙂 You're very talented. Thank you for sharing!

  10. GLORY GLORY GLORY!….you NEVER cease to amaze me!!!! SERIOUSLY gorgeous!!

    I'm going to link to this post, if that's ok, this week's I'm Lovin' it post is about Patriotic ideas I've seen on other blogs that I love….and you know how much I LOVE you and your ideas! ♥ (the post will be up tomorrow evening!)

    Have a fantastic holiday!

  11. Everything you have done is beautiful. Love the swirls in your sugar cookies and your jello flag is awesome. Happy 4th of July celebrations to you and your family.

  12. Simply adorable!!! 😀

  13. Wow youve certainly gone all out, all of these look amazingg!!

  14. Those cookies are works of art!

  15. Wow so gorgeous. Love the flag cake oh my goodness!

  16. Thank you for posting these great 4th ideas! i will be using the jello cups. Nice photos too!

  17. These look great and I definitely want to try making them. How much of everything do I need/how many servings do you make? Thanks!

  18. Thanks everyone for all the sweet comments! I really appreciate each one!

    Katherine Sz- If you use one large box of red jello, one large box of blue jello and one small box of lemon jello along with one 8oz. tub of cool whip I'm guessing you'll get about 10-12 layered cups. Of course it also depends on what size your cups are.
    I'd love to see a photo if you make it!

  19. Love these!!!
    Wish you had a button so we could share it on FB or twitter 😉


  20. Glory…you are amazing!! Have a fabulous weekend!

  21. All I can say is YUM!!!! Lucky kids… LOL!!! Great treats, looks like a lot of fun!!!!

  22. These are GORGEOUS! My #1 inspiration for my first 4th of July cookies! I tried various designs I saw on the internet, and your designs are the most beautiful BY FAR! Especially in person! I will be doing another batch and this time I'll just do them all like these fireworks swirls! Love 'em! Thanks for sharing!

  23. I love the look of the layered jell-o cups. I would like to make these for tomorrow, how do you get the blue jell-o not to melt into the coolwhip layer? Thanks, Heidi 🙂

  24. Anonymous- With each layer, let it set up before adding another layer. So, pour the red jello in all of your cups, then put them in the fridge. Wait 30-60 minutes or so, then make the lemon jello and set it in the fridge to start to thicken. When the lemon jello has thicken (maybe 20-30 minutes, sorry I don't remember for sure!) remove the lemon jello from the fridge and fold in the cool whip. By now hopefully your red jello layer is mostly solid, so add the lemon/cool whip layer. Let that set up for a while before adding the blue layer. Then, let it all set up before adding the finishing touch of cool whip and fruit or sprinkles.
    Hope this helps! I'd love to see a photo of yours. Happy 4th of July!

  25. Here's a picture of one of the ones I made. I would take a picture of all of them, but I forgot to take it until most of them were gone. These things are DELISH. Thank you for the idea/recipe 🙂


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