Red, White, and Blue Berry Dessert Bites

Red, White, and Blue Berry Dessert Bites are the summery dessert for any 4th of July BBQ! Fresh red raspberries, blueberries, and a sweet and tangy cream cheese spread layer on top of a simple crust. 

I remember when I was younger there was a man a fruit stand who tried to tell us that fruit was nature’s candy. I probably looked at him like he was crazy, because what 8 year old believes that?

But now that I’m older and appreciate all the food that this world has to offer, the complexities as well as simplicities of certain flavors, I really think he was right. That’s not to say that I don’t still love the occasional candy or chocolate.

I am definitely a fan of dessert, but in the summer I do tend to lean more towards desserts that pack a bright and fruity punch, rather than the heavy richness of chocolate or caramel. Summertime offers so much in terms of fresh, juicy, flavorful fruits. Berries are definitely one of my favorites when it comes to summer.

These Red, White, and Blue Berry Dessert Bites are the perfect, easy Patriotic Dessert for your upcoming 4th of July Celebration. A simple crust made out of crescent roll dough is topped with a sweetened cream cheese flavored with a hint of lemon and vanilla.

You can top these Red White and Blue Berry Dessert Bites with whatever fruit you like, but for the 4th of July I think fresh raspberries and blueberries look beautiful. If those fruits don’t float your boat, try strawberries, mangos, and kiwi. Almost any fruit would work well, and this dessert recipe is a great way to use up fruit that you have on hand.

Hope you have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

More Patriotic Desserts:

Fresh Strawberry Galette showcases the strawberries’ naturally delicious flavor; it emphasizes the strawberries without much added sugar. Best served with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Black Cherry Pomegranate Cobbler will remind you of summer camp cherry pie dump cake without the canned pie filling and box mixes. It features sweet black cherries with a hint of pomegranate and a generous helping of crunchy, golden brown, buttery cobbler topping.

Red, White, and Blue Berry Almond Frozen Yogurt Bites are a simple and healthy cold treat for this 4th of July.

Ricotta Cheesecake and Fruit Lollipops are a fun way to serve bites of cheesecake paired with fruit. Instead of strawberries and pineapple, try strawberries and blueberries.

Popsicles, like these bright red Fruit Punch Popsicles with Coconut Water, are always a hit with kids on a hot summer day! Bonus: they’re nice and hydrating!

How are you celebrating the 4th?

Red White and Blue Berry Dessert Bites

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Red, White, and Blue Berry Dessert Bites are the summery dessert for any 4th of July BBQ! Fresh red raspberries, blueberries, and a sweet and tangy cream cheese spread layer on top of a simple crust.

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Lemon Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup homemade whipped cream (not unwhipped whipping cream)
  • 3 cups assorted fresh berries, such as blueberries and raspberries

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Unroll crescent dough onto 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Press perforations to seal. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on wire rack.

Beat cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and extracts in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended and smooth. Gently stir in whipped cream. Spread evenly in a thin layer over cooled crust. Top with berries.

Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes:

For extra lemon zing, add the zest of 1 lemon to the cream cheese mixture.

Recipe via McCormick