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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Easy Patriotic Dessert: Star-Spangled Fruit Tart

I cannot believe that June is all over, and here we are knocking down the door to the 4th of July! So far, July has rung in the season with 90+ temps and enough humidity so that it and my expanding hair don't fit together in the same room. Yes, I promise you. It's that bad. ha ha

So onto dessert...I posted about this when my middle son, Jonah, first made it a couple of years ago, promising the recipe. And here it is! It's just fashionably late. =)

This fruit tart is so simple, your kids can make it...which is exactly what mine did. ;)

Here's What You Need:
1 package refrigerated sugar cookie dough
8-oz brick cream cheese, softened (I use reduced fat)
2-3 Tbsp sugar
dash almond extract
strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, etc.
tart pan or pie plate (or small pizza pan*)

Here's What You Do:
Preheat oven to 350F. Gently press sugar cookie dough onto ungreased pan, pushing dough up against the edge slightly. Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown; cool on wire rack. *Crust will be thinner, so it cooks a little bit faster.

In a small bowl, blend together cream cheese, sugar and almond extract; carefully spread over baked cookie tart and decorate with fruit however you like. We thought about doing a flag design but wanted to try the star, and it came out so well! I looooove this patriotic tart! Tip: mark out your design using a toothpick.
That's it! So simple, and quite the crowd-pleaser! Serve promptly and store leftovers in fridge.
This recipe was adapted from the one found here.

And while we're on the subject of fun, festive desserts, here is another summer staple in our family. This poke cake makes its way to parties and get-togethers at least half a dozen times throughout July and August. I thought that everyone and their Aunt Nancy knew about poke cake, but recently several friends have looked at me with those big, don't-have-a-clue eyes when I mentioned it. Girlfriends, this is for you!

Prepare and bake a package of vanilla or white basic cake in a 9x13 ceramic pan, following directions on box; cool on wire rack. Next, let your kids poke it with straws. For reals. 

Add 1 cup boiling water to a 3-oz packet of raspberry, cherry, or whatever flavor Jell-O and stir to dissolve; add 1/4 cup cold water. Carefully pour gelatin over the entire surface of the cake. If you want to blow their minds, use a red gelatin for half the cake, and a blue for the other. Whoa. (Just reduce the water amounts by a little for each kind.)

Let chill in fridge for 2-3 hours; cover with whipped topping, and garnish with berries. So good!
Please note that this cake is cut and served in the pan, so use a pretty one.  =)
I hope you enjoy the recipes! Happy 4th of July!

1 comment:

NewMrsAdventures said...

Looks so delicious! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

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