Star-studded Fourth of July

Family Features | 6/29/2011, 5 p.m.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until toothpick inserted at an angle toward center comes out clean.

Immediately remove to cooling rack; cool completely. Repeat with remaining batter.

To Assemble:
1 quart ice cream, any flavor
Assorted patriotic mix sprinkles and red and blue sugars
White candy melts, melted (optional)

Scoop about 1/4 cup ice cream onto smooth side of half of the brownies. Top with remaining brownies, pressing gently. If desired, roll edge of sandwiches in sprinkles or sugars. Wrap and freeze immediately.

Or, dip a portion of the sandwich in melted candy melts; add sprinkles and sugars. Freeze 5 minutes to set, then wrap and freeze until ready to serve.

Patriotic Pops
Makes about 2 dozen pops
1/4 cup--(1/2 stick) butter or margarine
4 cups--mini marshmallows
6 cups--crisp rice cereal
24--8-inch cookie treat sticks
Red, blue and white cookie icing
Red and blue candy-coated chocolates
Red licorice

Spray star cookie treat pan and rubber spatula or wooden spoon with vegetable pan spray.

In large saucepan, melt butter. Add marshmallows; cook and stir until melted. Remove from heat and add cereal; mix well. Press into prepared pan; insert cookie sticks. When cool to touch, remove from pan. Repeat with remaining cereal mixture. (If mixture becomes hard to work with, microwave at 50% power 30 to 60 seconds to soften.)

Outline treat as desired with Cookie Icing; add candy and licorice. Let dry at least 1 hour.