4th of July treats

4th of July has been one of my favorite holidays for as long as I can remember. My hometown has a huge celebration with vendors and delicious treats. We used to swim in the pool, grill out and mayyyybe set off some fireworks with the family. As I’ve gotten older I’ve spent a few years at the beach with friends and this year will be my first in the city. I won’t have access to a pool or the beach or even a grill. I’m a little nervous to see how this holiday compares to the ones I’ve had in the past but I’m determined to make it a good one. I’m especially excited for the delicious food I’ll be eating!

I wanted to make something patriotic and traditional with a little bit of a twist on it. Apple pie would be a classic dessert to make but its cherry season so I decided to make mini cherry pie tarts instead!

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These are soooo easy to make! I cheated a little since I’ve never made a pie or dealt with pie crust before and used pre-made dough. Seriously- all you do is make 2′” circles out of the dough, use a mini muffin pan, place the dough circles into the openings, add a spoonful of cherry pie filling and top it with a star shaped piece of dough. I brushed a little egg wash (1 egg beaten + 2 tbsp of water) on each star but I don’t think it’s totally necessary. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees F and then enjoy!

Oh but give them some time to cool. I learned the hard way that even if the crust is cooled the pie filling may not be. Yikes!

Annnnd now for a little Pinterest roundup with some patriotic treats you can make this weekend!

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