A little sweet, a little savory, and a whole lot of festive.

By Joy Howard

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Credit: Joy Howard

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15 mins
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15 mins
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Celebrate the Fourth of July-and the return of bigger gatherings-with a composed platter of sweet and savory delights. You can customize your spread with your favorite snacks or use our suggestions below. We've even created two simple desserts that are a snap to bake (and a great fit for The Fourth) to help you fill out your platter with a touch of homemade holiday goodness. The Red, White, and Blue Cake Mix Cookies start with store-bought cake mix that's shaped, covered in sprinkles, and baked into fireworks-inspired sweets; while the Mini Cherry Pies feature a homemade filling of fresh cherries simmered with a dash or cardamom, and a star-shaped pastry top that's studded with sparkling sugar. No matter what ingredients you use, there's just one easy rule you should follow to prep a board that's perfect for the day's festivities: make sure everything is red, white, and blue.

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  • If using, fill small bowls with candies and chips, and arrange them on a large platter or cutting board (ours was 14 by 18 inches). Next, use a star-shaped cookie cutter to trim stars from a few cheese slices. Assemble your chosen ingredients on the platter according to color, then top with the cheese stars. 

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