Need a creative, red, white, and blue, show-stopping dessert recipe for a 4th of July party? Easy 4th of July Brownies taste amazing, look spectacular, but completely manageable to pull off. No baking extraordinaire experience required!
Preheat oven to 325ºF. Make the Stop Looking Brownie Recipe according to directions or alternatively prepare a commercial brownie mix. Pour into a greased 15 X 11 inch jelly roll pan. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Cool brownies completely.
In a bowl beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Set aside.
If using heavy cream, pour into a separate clean, large bowl. Beat on high until it holds shape and peaks form, about 3-4 minutes. Fold whipped cream (or Cool Whip) into cream cheese mixture until no streaks remain.
Set aside 1/2 cup frosting if you want to pipe a decorative edge. Dollop cream cheese frosting all over cooled brownies and then gently spread. TIP: Evenly dispersing dollops all over first will avoid spreading frosting around too much and pulling up brownie crumbs into frosting.
How to Decorate 4th of July Brownies:
Cut tops off strawberries and then slice lengthwise. Use 5 best slices for each of strawberry "stars." Refer to recipe picture for placement. TIP:Arrange stars on brownies first before arranging blueberries. Place 1-2 blueberries in middle of strawberry "stars."
Use blueberries to arch "tails" from strawberry "stars," ending in one corner point. TIP:Only have blueberry “tails” coming from first and last “star.” Leave the middle “star” as is.
If decorating edge, put remaining cream cheese frosting in decorating bottle or piping bag. Pipe small swirls placed about 1.5" apart around edge. Place a blueberry on top of each swirl. Refrigerated leftovers.
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