Thursday, July 1, 2010

My Favorite Dessert For The 4th Of July...


I was a little girl when my mom started making this 4th of July dessert for our family, and now I make it for mine.

And as far as we are concerned...

Independence Day just isn't complete without it!



It's pretty and delicious and entirely worth the effort it takes to make it!


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Red, White and Blueberry Dessert Squares

Crust:
1&1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup margarine or butter
3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts

In a large bowl combine flour and brown sugar. Mix well. Using a pastry blender cut in butter until coarse crumbs form. Stir in walnuts. Lightly press mixture into a baking sheet measuring 15" x 10" x 1". Bake at 325 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely.



Sprinkle 1 pint of fresh blueberries over baked crust.




Filling:

8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 - 7oz. jar of marshmallow creme
1 - 8oz. container cool whip (thawed in fridge)

In a large bowl beat cream cheese and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add the marshmallow creme and beat just until combined. Fold in cool whip. Spread over blueberries. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until firm.



Sprinkle 1&1/2 pints of fresh raspberries over whipped topping.



Glaze:

2&1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup corn starch
4 cups water
1- 0.6oz package raspberry Jello

In medium saucepan combine sugar, corn starch and water. Mix well. Cook and stir constantly over medium heat until mixture thickens and becomes clear. Remove from heat and stir in Jello until dissolved. Cool glaze until lukewarm. Carefully spoon glaze over raspberries all the way to edge of pan. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until firm.



Cut into squares (the bigger the better!) and enjoy!


Makes about 25 squares.

Make sure to store any uneaten servings in the refrigerator or the dessert will melt.

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I hope you all have a wonderfully delicious 4th of July!





P.S. I am linking this to the Stars & Stripes Party over at Centsational Girl...

Head over to find TONS of inspiration for your 4th of July celebration!

and

Friday's Favorites at Whistlestop Cafe Cooking
4th of July Fun at Somewhat Simple
Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors

12 comments:

Katharine said...

Yum... this looks amazing... I might just have to have a July 4th celebration here in Canada so we can try this ;) Thanks for sharing, Blessings on your day!

~L~ from Decorated and Exhausted said...

Looks delicious! I love how everyone has the same variation of this dessert, another reason why I love the 4th!

Ms. Bake-it said...

It looks and sounds delicious! I love blueberries!

~ Tracy

Katie said...

Mmmmm... this looks heavenly!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Those look ah-mazing, Karla!!

Simply LKJ said...

Yum! We just picked a bucket full of blueberries off our bushes. I am always looking for new ways to use them. We have company coming in town soon and I'll give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

Megandvd@Beauty in the Attempt said...

This looks so yummy...and I was just looking for a scrumptious dessert for our neighborhood cookout. :)

Cheers~
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Marie said...

Hello sweet Karla - thank you for sharing this YUMMY dessert recipe! Oh my, my mouth is watering just looking at the photos. I'm going to try it! I have a feeling we wouldn't just be having it on the 4th of July holidays!

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

The Homesteading Apartment said...

Recently became a new follower and so glad I found your lovely blog (: I look forward to coming back for future posts!

This is a agreat recipe and I can't wait to try it!

Michele
XOXO

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

These are a favorite for the 4th... and for FRiday's. Come join the linky party!
And have a fantabulous weekend.

Melanie said...

Looks delicious! Happy 4th.

Jennilyn said...

Thanks for the recipe! I made this today for family, and they loved it. I had to substitute pecans for the walnuts (all I had in the house)and used cherry pie filling instead of the raspberries and glaze (and reversed the order, so crust, cherry pie filling, crm cheese filling blueberries on very top) and used 3 pints of blueberries...and it was super! This will be a new 4th of July family tradition, thanks to you!