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These festive Red, White, & Blue Patriotic Brownies are a must have for any summer party!
Red, White, & Blue Patriotic Brownies
I took my two favorite recipes and turned them into one firecracker of a dessert that’s perfect for Memorial Day, 4th of July, or Labor Day. Really, they are perfect all summer long!
The colors are so festive and really turns ordinary brownies into beautiful party-worthy brownies.
4th of July Brownies
I almost always make almond buttercream frosting when making chocolate cake (I just think the flavors are divine together), so it was a no-brainer to make up my almond buttercream for these 4th of July brownies.
My brownies call for coconut oil, but you can certainly swap for a canola oil if you’d like. The coconut oil is my attempt at making these brownies a tad healthier.
Seriously, in my head that works so I’m gonna go with it. Coconut oil equals healthy brownies! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Ha!
I’m totally digging my new Epicurean Pastry stands. I was sent two to try out and I love them. I wasn’t sure what to expect since they store flat and are very light weight, but I think they are my new favorite pieces. One of the best parts…they are dishwasher safe!
How to Make Red, White, and Blue Icing
I love making frosting. I love making favored frosting. But what I love most is eating anything covered in it. I get a lot of questions on how to make amazing frosting and besides the recipe below, it comes down to using the right type of gel food coloring. Skip the stuff found at the grocery and craft stores.
Wondering how to make red, white, and blue icing that’s swirled??? First make a big batch of white and then divide it into 3 bowls. Color one bowl red, one bowl blue, and leave the 3rd bowl white. Open up a large pastry bag that’s fitted with the tip that you want to use (I used this one for these brownies). Add blue frosting to two sides of the bag, then add red frosting in between each of the blue stripes. Finally, add the while frosting to the center of the bag and gently press all the frosting evenly down toward the tip. There ya have it!
Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Brownies
These festive Red, White, & Blue Patriotic Brownies are a must have for any summer party!
- 2/3 cup coconut oil (canola and vegetable oil work too)
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided (24 ounces)
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup Shortening
- 2 tbsp warm water (2-3)
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 1 lb confectioners sugar
- red and blue food coloring
- white edible pearls
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a heavy saucepan, bring coconut oil, sugar and water to a boil, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved (about 2-3 minutes). Remove from the heat, stir in 2 cups of chocolate chips until melted; cool slightly then beat in vanilla.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk eggs, gradually add in the chocolate mixture, beating with a wooden spoon until completely mixed. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and salt; add to the chocolate mixture and mix well to combine. Stir in the remaining chocolate chips.
- Spread into prepared baking pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes (don’t overbake).
- While the brownies cool, prepare the frosting. Beat together butter, shortening, 1 tbsp of warm water, and almond until smooth and creamy. Beat in the sugar gradually on a low setting. Scrape sides of bowl as needed.
- Mixture will be very thick. After all sugar is incorporated, add 1-2 more tbsp. of warm water and beat at medium/medium-high speed for 1-2 more minutes. Adding more warm water will continue to thin the frosting consistency and bring down the sweetness even more. Add as much as you like to get the appropriate flavor and consistency. Be careful because a little goes a long way, frosting should be able to hold it's shape, but not be too thick.
- The frosting can also be made several days in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature, then mix well before using. Leftovers should be refrigerated.
- Get the look by diving frosting into three bowls and adding a few drops of red color to one bowl and a few drops of blue color to another bowl. Stir each well to combine. Place a 1M Decorating Tube into a large piping bag. Add blue frosting to two sides of the bag, then add red frosting in between each of the blue stripes. Finally, add the while frosting to the center of the bag and gently press all the frosting evenly down toward the tip.
- Decorate brownies with red, white, and blue stars. Top with white pearls.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 621Total Fat: 35.1gSaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 134.2mgSodium: 133mgCarbohydrates: 80.2gFiber: 2.8gSugar: 66.7gProtein: 4.4g
4th of July Recipes
Giant Patriotic Cookie
Patriotic Fruit Kabobs
4th of July Entertaining Tips
Patriotic Party Ideas
4th of July Menu Plan
Cherry Blueberry Pie
4th of July Desserts
Red White & Blue Sparkling Cider
Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with Epicurean.
Lily Kwan says
This recipe looks very tasty. I can’t wait to try it out!
Christine Luna says
Those brownies look amazing~~
Janice Cooper says
Those brownies look dynamite! They are so festive and would make a great holiday dessert. Thanks for sharing!
Amy Deeter says
These are colorful and tasty looking. i would love to make these with my family
Trisha McKee says
This is definitely a sweet, summer recipe I want to try! This looks delicious.
What a greatbrecipe! I might try it with the Olympics coming up!
Buddy Garrett says
The brownie recipe would have been great for the Fourth. I wished I had had it. It would have been great for the picnic or the church celebration.
Janet Woodling says
I love the Pastry Stands. They are such an eloquent way to serve your pastries.
Julie Hawkins says
I love the idea of patriotic brownies. I must try this recipe!
Jane H says
I love the pastry stand. It makes even ordinary pastry look far more elegant.
Leanne Godfrey says
What a great recipe idea! So creative! I really like the pastry stands, too!
Michelle H. says
The recipes looks really nice. I really like these pastry stands.
Connie Shafer says
Looks amazing! Wish I saw this yesterday!
Jerry Marquardt says
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Wendy O'Neal says
Thanks…gotchya covered. 🙂
Jerry Marquardt says
I can’t wait to try out your special recipe for this Red, White, & Blue Patriotic Brownies I think it sounds delicious, and I hope I do as good as you did in the photos.
I like the pastry stands and the Red White and Blue Brownies look good.
bil j says
Janet Boyanton says
I love almond flavored baked goodsa nd the stand would be really useful.
The additional almond flavor with the frosting sounds intriguing.
The brownies look gorgeous and delicious!
Jessica H. says
These are so pretty! <3 Also, I love homemade frosting, so much better!
Philip Lawrence says
The brownies look great but I’m afraid they’re beyond my cooking ability.
Kobi Hensley says
These brownies look yummy!! I could use the same idea/recipe for any of the holidays 🙂 Thank you!
Julie Smith says
These brownies look amazing (from scratch, too!) and I LOVE how you explain the method of getting that lovely frosting – I can imagine using red and green with a bit of white for Christmas, too! Bookmarked this one in my recipe folder 🙂
Kat Emerick says
I love that pastry stand and the Red White and Blue Brownies looks delish!
Michelle Hill says
The pastry stands could dress up the most drab of tables!
I am now hungry for brownies and cake! =)
Kate S says
These look amazing! Perfect for a get-together
Laurie Emerson says
These cupcakes are perfect for the 4th of July. They are also perfect for Mardi Gras.
Rita A says
That recipe looks tasty. I like the patriotic frosting.
Alex Bradley says
These brownies look amazing and I am loving the theme. I have not had a chance to try this recipe yet but I am definitely adding it to my list! I love using coconut oil!
Kimberly Keithline says
I love brownies I am a chocolate nut and this recipe looks great for a 4th of July Party
Serena Powell says
These look amazing! I love what you did with the frosting. I wish I had the stuff to make them, they would have been a perfect dessert.
Kathleen Kuykendall says
These will be great for when I cater parties and events for friends.
Melissa Williams says
Looks so good – I might try to make tonight for 4th of July1
Michelle Robbins says
I like to make buttercream frosting. I’ve never added extract other than vanilla. I like the swirl pattern in the frosting.
Brittney House says
I made this recipe yesterday for our cookout. It was a hit with the kids. It was nice and sweet but not too overbearing.
Sarah Hall says
I think pastry stands show off a dessert so nicely and makes it more appetizing.
katie brown says
What a beautiful technique with the frosting! I kind of wish there had been a photo of your frosting bag, but your instructions were very descriptive so hopefully I can try to recreate it with the same effect!
Wendy O'Neal says
Ya know what Katie…I did snap one on my phone. I’ll get it added into the post soon. Thanks. w-
Daniel Vice says
This looks tasty and perfect for holiday gatherings
I love how nice the brownie topping looks! Thanks so much for the chances to win.
Elizabeth Crawley says
Love pastry stands, especially these since they fold flat
jeremy mclaughlin says
The brownies look delicious.
Lori Walker says
I’ve never had one of these and have struggled a lot! It would be nice.
Kristi C says
I think pastry stands are great to have at parties and when entertaining guests.
MARIA simon says
your brownies are beautiful
Emily W. says
I have gotten in to baking while recovering from a brain illness to get my creative juices flowing again! I am nowhere near as good at icing as you are yet!! I do greatly need a dessert stand to place my pieces on. Happy 4th!
vicki lorenz says
I would just love to win this!!!!
I would love to win this.
Angela Winesburg says
I love that brownies are so versatile
Cynthia Mercado says
My mouth started watering as soon as I saw the patriotic brownies! I wish I had those right now.
susan smoaks says
the pastry stand is really nice. i would love to use it.
paige chandler says
My kids would freak if I made these brownies. wowowow. And if I served them on the pasty stand they would think they were in the wrong house. 🙂
Pat L says
The pastry stands look great and so do the patriotic brownies!
ELIZABETH CURSON says
I bake pastries every Sunday so these stands would definately come in handy! Very cute!
Holly Hanna says
I love the pastry stands – simple, but elegant.
Lauren Olivia Wood says
I love that brownies are so versatile and can be decorated to celebrate any holiday!
Sara L. says
This look fun! I want to make some for the 4th of July!
Linda Lansford says
I would like to try it
Danielle Weidknecht says
The brownies look perfect for a fourth of July BBQ! I would love the pastry stands for displaying baked goods during the holidays!
The pastry stand would help in making a great looking tablescape for a family get together.
Kathy Pease says
I think the recipe looks amazing and the pastry stands would come in so handy for the holidays when we do a lot of baking
I never tried almond extract in my frosting before, I think I will try to add it to the next batch of frosting I make. Thanks for sharing the patriotic brownie recipe. I think I will try it this weekend.
Erica B. says
These would be great for my cousin who is an amateur baker.
Denise Sachs says
I love those Patriotic Brownies. They look so good!
Grace Bertou says
My grad party is coming up and I would use these stands to hold cupcakes!
Justin Sparks says
I love the recipe!!! Im going to surprise everyone with them on my birthday which happens to be on the 5th as well!!!
Sandra Watts says
I think your brownies look delicious and I love the patriotic colors.
Lesley F says
Love the look of the pastry stand! It would get a lot of use in my house
Lyndsey Magrone says
The frosting on these brownies is really impressive. I like the technique.
jules m. says
the recipe looks delicious! i would love to have that stand. my daughter is very interested in baking and I try to encourage her, she would love it!
The pastry stands would look great at an outside party! And the decorate non the brownies is perfectly cute.
Kim Niland says
The pastry stand is beautiful! People underestimate the importance of presentation sometimes. As they say, you eat with your eyes first!
Ashley C says
These brownies look both delicious and beautiful! I may need to try them out this weekend for the 4th of July!
Richard Hicks says
Brownies look great and sure to be a hit at a cookout
I love almond and chocolate together! These are adorable!
laurie murley says
I love the brownies their so cute and so july 4, would love to make them for our july 4 dinner
Angie W says
I love the pastry stand! I’m always looking for new ways to display the things I make and they seem perfect 🙂
Angie S says
These brownies are so festive and look delicious! I’m definitely going to be attempting these to bring along to our 4th of July celebrations on the lake!!
The brownies look nice and fudgy. Um, why not double the frosting? 😉 I don’t mind being sent into a sugar coma when I eat brownies.
Wendy O'Neal says
lol! I like the way you think! w-
The pastry stands are super cute! And I love the frosting technique you used on the brownies.
This looks great and would be perfect for parties where I want to make dessert look special.
Sandra Williams says
the cupcakes are so fesitve – perfect!
Faye Gates says
You did a great job on the icing for your brownies. They are really going to be a hit at a 4th of July party.
Julie Murphy says
Cake stands make everything look better
Iliana R says
I love for the frosting has all three colors incorporated and this is actually something even I can make. And I’m usually not a baker at all!
Heart of a Philanthropist Blogger Kim says
These are colorful and yummy looking!
The brownies are such a cute idea for the 4th! The stand is equally as beautiful!
These are very nice and would be perfect for summer entertaining.
debbie wilson says
the pastry table gives a classy touch on your kitchen table
I love brownies, but don’t usually think of them for the 4th of July. This recipe changed that!
I love the theme for the cupcakes. They are beautiful.
Carly Williams says
That pastry stand in gorgeous! And the patriotic brownies are such a cute idea.