How To Make Easy Patriotic Brownies

by | Holidays, Payton's Pastries

Since the fourth of July is coming up, I figured that I should make some kind of original patriotic dessert that no one else has seen before. Well, considering that below, you will find a recipe that goes something like, “Open a box of brownie mix and pour it into a bowl,” that won’t exactly be happening! (Even though patriotic brownies are super yummy!)

I have, however, taken a twist on the classic American brownie by adding little red, white, and blue mini M&M’s into the mix. The real originality is in the way we decorated the brownie pan. We cut up fresh strawberries and bought some vanilla icing from the store, as well as some blueberries to make our own little flag on our brownies.

I have also included a homemade ice cream recipe that has been passed down through our family that is literally a bit of heaven in a bowl. That recipe will be delicious when eaten with some American-style brownies.

   This ice cream recipe has been made by my dad tons of times, and I’ve made it several times myself over the years. My grandma whipped up this easy, 6-ingredient ice cream recipe a while ago, and my dad remembers making it when he was a kid with a hand-cranked ice cream maker before they got their electric one

But be careful! It is delicious, but if you eat it too fast, it has been known to give a mean brain freeze! I love the creaminess and the way it tastes compared to store-bought “homemade” ice cream.  It really does taste a lot better, although, don’t get me wrong, the store-bought stuff is pretty great too!

     I had a special guest to help me with this blog post. My friend Mia has a very creative imagination and she came up with the idea to make a flag with the brownies. It was a lot of fun, and I think we might have eaten more icing than we put on the brownies! She is very talented in the kitchen, and it was fun to have her help on this project.

These brownies taste so good with the blueberries and strawberries on top. So grab a box of brownie mix from your local grocery store (or make your favorite homemade recipe), pop them in the oven, and then let’s get started with some ice cream!

     Grandma Huff’s Homemade Ice Cream



  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can of evaporated milk
  • 1 pint whipping cream
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla



  • Beat eggs, sugar, and vanilla with mixer.
  • Add the first three ingredients (milks & cream) and stir by hand.
  • Do not whip these ingredients.
  • Pour into ice cream freezer tub and fill to the fill line with milk.
  • Close lid & fill barrel about 1/3 full of crushed ice.
  • Add a layer of ice cream salt.
  • Repeat until barrel is full.
  • Freeze and enjoy!

    This recipe is really nothing extravagant or fancy, but it’s some seriously good ice cream that I could eat all day. It’s delicious and I hope that you enjoy it just as much as we do!

Once you’ve made your favorite kind of brownies, you will want to get your freshly sliced strawberries and your blueberries, as well as some vanilla icing, store bought or homemade. Arrange the blueberries in a little square in the corner of your pan. Then arrange the strawberries in a line and make a line underneath those with the icing. Keep going until you reach the bottom.

 And there you go! Serve with some homemade ice cream and you have an amazing patriotic dessert! I hope you enjoy this delicious dessert and that all of your taste testers love it as well!


Happy baking,


Didn’t she do a great job?  Payton’s brownies were super delicious and we enjoyed them!  And the ice cream is always a win for us too!

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