My husband’s brother’s family was traveling in to visit for the 4th this year and I wanted to make something healthier for desserts to along with our typical hamburger cookout. The thought of making the Jello thing from last year didn’t appeal to me so I checked out Pinterest again for some new ideas.
This first one was incredibly easy. 3 kinds of yogurt and a bit of food coloring. Extra fruit optional. Delicious!
I already buy the big containers of vanilla yogurt so this time I bought one of strawberry as well. In the 2 stores that I checked they didn’t have blueberry ones so I ended up buying some smaller containers and scooping out what I needed from those. I should have added some blue food coloring to the blueberry yogurt as it turned out more purple than blue but oh well! They were all very flavorful! I put them in small Dixie-equivalent cups and used popsicle sticks. I actually have popsicle makers but they were so large that I thought the yogurt would get wasted. These are perfect and I still can still rinse and recycle them when they’re done.
Next, watermelon! A little time consuming using my cookie cutters to make the star shapes but they sure looked cool! I had an extra bowl for the extra cut offs that went around the shape so there wasn’t anything wasted.
Star shaped watermelon pieces
Last but not least was a cookie, cream cheese concoction that did require me to buy a mini muffin pan but I’ve been wanting one for quite some time so the $5.96 that I spent at Walmart for said pan will be well-worth it, I’m sure. I bought 2 small Betty Crocker packets of sugar cookie dough (the bigger one was all sold out) for $1 each to make the base. I had enough to fill all 24 muffins and make 6 extra cookies. The recipe called for 2 cups of cream cheese but I didn’t even use a whole one (reduced fat, of course!) and it was plenty! I used my pastry stuff that used to be my Grandma’s — ah, a trip down memory lane.
Cookies baked, now adding the cream cheese!
I added fresh blueberries and strawberries to finish it off with the red,white and blue theme, also on sale at $0.99 each with leftovers that we will eat without any problems. We eat a lot of fruit at our house! These were perfect little bite size cookies that were indeed delicious. Yum! No leftovers of these when the night was over and done with! I don’t feel bad in the least that the majority of it was healthy(ish!) I hope you were able to enjoy a safe and enjoyable Independence Day with fun, family and friends!
Flag cupcakes ready to go!
P.S. Just in case you’re wondering, the rest of our menu looked like this: hamburgers, veggie burgers, salmon burgers, hot dogs, baked beans, grilled fresh green beans, green lettuce salad with homegrown tomatoes, jello salad “green stuff” (a specific request from my daughter), 3 bean salad on wheat flat buns or white buns. There were a few brownies and some baked chips for the kids as well as cantaloupe. We were blessed to have such delicious food!