You may be preparing to go to a small family cookout or have a few vaccinated friends over this 4th of July. With fun plans, come preparation and very excited children. Get your family involved in this easy fourth of July baking recipe with the kids! They will stay entertained as you prepare for guests, rather than making a mess of the playroom that you just cleaned up last night.

Fourth Of July Baking Ingredients

  • Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix
  • Zest from 1.5 Lemons
  • Cool Whip
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Cupcake pan
  • Helping hands!

Let’s Get Started!

  1. Ask the kids to stir up the sugar cookie mix as it tells you on the back of the box for drop cookies and add the zest of 1.5 lemons. If you can find these limited edition lemon cookies it makes things even easier.
  2. Can the kids take turns using an ice cream scoop, to spoon the mixture into a buttered muffin tin?
  3. Next, everyone can take a turn to slightly push the mixture down in the middle and sides to create a cup.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes, as the package says. They should be lightly browned around the edges.
  5. An adult should take them out and use the back of an ice cream scoop to carefully push down a more defined center cup inside of each. Now let them cool completely.
  6. Take them out and fill with cool whip. Top with strawberries and blueberries.
  7. Put them in a container and out the door you go!
  8. Note: If your child has a friend who eats gluten free, buy these GF lemon cookies and assemble theirs when you get there so it doesn’t slip off the top on your way over.

Read a 4th of July Book While Waiting

Most kids have a hard time waiting for any baked good to rise in the oven. When you wait for your fourth of July baking activity to cook in the oven, read a book about the holiday. For older kids who may have learned about it at school already, ask them trivia questions while you wait. Here is a great story they can watch on YouTube while you slice some strawberries or pack up the car. Enjoy your holiday weekend!

About The Author

Kelsey Dickson has over 15 years of experience working with children as a nanny, preschool teacher, and now a mother. She has her degree in Early Childhood Education and works for Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny as the eLearning Manager. Check out our online childcare classes, such as Baby Sign Language and Sleep Coaching 101! In her free time she enjoys gardening with her son, going for walks with her husband and dog, and discovering local wineries in New England.