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4th of July Recipes: Easy Snacks for Kids

Updated on August 5, 2012

Fourth of July Recipes for Kids

The Fourth of July is an important American holiday and also a fun time for kids. Fireworks definitely create a lot of excitement, but so will these three fun and easy snack ideas. Your children will also like to help out with these kid-friendly recipes. Fourth of July Cheese Quesadilla Stars shine for a very patriotic lunch; Stars and Stripes Fruit Flag makes a healthy dessert; and Pretzel Fireworks are perfect for a red, white, and blue snack.

Fourth of July Cheese Quesadilla Stars

Photos: Fourth of July Cheese Quesadilla Stars

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Stars and stripes are perfect for the 4th of JulyAdd shredded Mexican mix or cheddar cheeseCook quesadilla until cheese melts and both sides are crispyUse a large star-shaped cookie cutterPress down hard with star-shaped cutter to make a clean cutUse small ziploc bags to pipe sour cream and taco sauce stripesStar-shaped stencil and cookie cutter
Stars and stripes are perfect for the 4th of July
Stars and stripes are perfect for the 4th of July
Add shredded Mexican mix or cheddar cheese
Add shredded Mexican mix or cheddar cheese
Cook quesadilla until cheese melts and both sides are crispy
Cook quesadilla until cheese melts and both sides are crispy
Use a large star-shaped cookie cutter
Use a large star-shaped cookie cutter
Press down hard with star-shaped cutter to make a clean cut
Press down hard with star-shaped cutter to make a clean cut
Use small ziploc bags to pipe sour cream and taco sauce stripes
Use small ziploc bags to pipe sour cream and taco sauce stripes
Star-shaped stencil and cookie cutter
Star-shaped stencil and cookie cutter

Do You Like This Patriotic Recipe?

4.6 stars from 5 ratings of 4th of July Cheese Quesadilla Stars

Ingredients

  • butter
  • tortillas, taco or burrito size
  • shredded cheese, cheddar or Mexican mix
  • sour cream
  • taco sauce, mild or medium

Another Way to Decorate Stars

Spread star with taco sauce and add small dollop of sour cream to center, or spread with sour cream and add taco sauce dollop.
Spread star with taco sauce and add small dollop of sour cream to center, or spread with sour cream and add taco sauce dollop.

More Fourth of July Recipes for Kids

Instructions

  1. Heat small amount of butter in skillet or griddle on medium-low heat.
  2. Place tortilla in skillet and cover with shredded cheese.
  3. Cover with another tortilla and cook until cheese melts and bottom is crispy.
  4. Flip quesadilla over with a spatula and cook until bottom is crispy.
  5. While quesadilla cooks, fill one small ziploc bag with sour cream and a second bag with taco sauce. Clip a very small hole in one bottom corner of each bag so they can be used like pastry bags.
  6. Remove quesadilla from skillet and let cool for 1 minute.
  7. Using a large star-shaped cookie cutter, cut out stars from the quesadilla.
  8. Decorate quesadilla stars by piping sour cream stripes first, and then taco sauce stripes in between the sour cream stripes.
  9. Alternative decoration: Using a star-shaped stencil, make a sour cream or taco sauce star in the center of each quesadilla star.
  10. Another alternative decoration: Spread taco sauce thinly over entire quesadilla star and top with small dollop of sour cream in center. Also may spread sour cream over quesadilla star and top with small dollop of taco sauce.
  11. Healthy Tips: Use whole wheat tortillas and low fat sour cream.

Stars and Stripes Fruit Flag Photos

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Kids will love to arrange the fruit and cake into our stars and stripesUse toothpicks to make mini fruit kabobs and dip in yogurt
Kids will love to arrange the fruit and cake into our stars and stripes
Kids will love to arrange the fruit and cake into our stars and stripes
Use toothpicks to make mini fruit kabobs and dip in yogurt
Use toothpicks to make mini fruit kabobs and dip in yogurt

Fourth of July Desserts: Stars and Stripes Fruit Flag

Easy and healthy, kids will enjoy assembling this delicious fruit flag from blueberries, strawberries and angel food cake. Add a dip of yogurt to bring it all together.

  1. On a dinner plate, arrange fresh blueberries in the shape of a small rectangle.
  2. Add red stripes of sliced strawberries or whole raspberries.
  3. Add white stripes of cubed angel food cake to complete the flag.
  4. If your child is old enough for toothpicks, let him stack a blueberry, then strawberry, then cake for a patriotic kabob.
  5. Serve with vanilla, strawberry or blueberry yogurt for dipping.

Pretzel Fireworks

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Large pretzel rods dipped in white chocolate; red, white & blue jimmies; and gold sugar gemsSmall pretzel dipping sticks dipped in white chocolate; red, white & blue jimmies; and gold sugar gems
Large pretzel rods dipped in white chocolate; red, white & blue jimmies; and gold sugar gems
Large pretzel rods dipped in white chocolate; red, white & blue jimmies; and gold sugar gems
Small pretzel dipping sticks dipped in white chocolate; red, white & blue jimmies; and gold sugar gems
Small pretzel dipping sticks dipped in white chocolate; red, white & blue jimmies; and gold sugar gems

Red, White, and Blue Snacks: Pretzel Fireworks

Make mini fireworks using pretzel rods or dipping sticks, white chocolate, and sprinkles. These treats can be arranged in a small clear glass as shown to the right.

  1. Following box instructions, melt the white chocolate.
  2. Dip only the quarter top portion of the pretzel stick in the white chocolate and then top with sprinkles - red, white and blue jimmies; gold and silver sugar gems; or colored star sprinkles.
  3. Let chocolate set on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper for at least 30 minutes or speed up the process by placing in the refrigerator.

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    • ChaplinSpeaks profile imageAUTHOR

      Sarah Johnson 

      6 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      Thanks, livingpah2004 and naimishika

      They were fun to make and eat. Just noticed today is Flag Day!

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      Milli 

      6 years ago from USA

      Good I found this recipe just in time. Will be making it on coming 4 the of July. Voted up!

    • ChaplinSpeaks profile imageAUTHOR

      Sarah Johnson 

      6 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      Thank you, Crystal, and an early Happy 4th!

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      Crystal Tatum 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Great ideas and super creative! Voted up and awesome!

    • ChaplinSpeaks profile imageAUTHOR

      Sarah Johnson 

      6 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      Thanks, teaches12345. I think you are right. Those firework pretzels came out fancier than I thought with the gold sugar gems. For sprinkles, I saw silver gems and white pearls at the grocery store as well (Publix).

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      I love these ideas. I think they would be great at an adult party too! I especially like the firework pretzels. thanks for sharing -- it's not too early to start thinking about this holiday.

    • ChaplinSpeaks profile imageAUTHOR

      Sarah Johnson 

      6 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      Thanks, Squirrelgonzo. They are fun to make and eat. My daughter especially likes the cheese quesadilla stars and we have now had them two days in a row for lunch!

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      Squirrelgonzo 

      6 years ago

      Yum! These recipes look amazing and make my tummy growl! I will definitely have to try these this 4th of July! Thank you!

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