July 4th Party Table - Lead
Credit: Johnny Miller

A DIY ice cream bar is a quintessential summer party pleasure. Raspberry sorbet, vanilla ice cream, and blueberries establish the palette, while a butter cookie on top brings a classic touch. We used a small star cutter inside a larger one to get this unique outline shape. Read on for the delicious recipe, and scrown down for buying info on the adorable props shown.

Star-Spangled Sundaes

Serves: 8

Active Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 2 hours, 45 min.


1 stick unsalted butter, softened
½ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg yolk
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
¼ tsp salt
1¼ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
2 pints vanilla ice cream
2 pints raspberry sorbet
1 pint blueberries

For Cookies

1. Use a stand mixer to beat butter with sugar at medium speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in egg yolks, vanilla, and salt, then add flour at low speed.
2. Pat dough into a disk and wrap in plastic; refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes.
3. Preheat oven to 350°F.
4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
5. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out a disk of dough ¼-inch thick. Using assorted star-shaped cookie cutters, stamp out cookies as close together as possible; transfer to a baking sheet, 1 inch apart.
6. Bake cookies in the center of the oven for 18--20 minutes, until lightly browned. Let cool slightly, then transfer cookies to a rack to cool completely.

For Sundaes

1. Scoop ¼ cup each of vanilla ice cream and raspberry sorbet into 8 bowls.
2.Sprinkle each with ¼ cup blueberries, then top with one or two star cookies.

Accessories (all pictured, above)

Canvas Porcelain rimmed bowls, $10 each;

Canvas Cotton napkin, $15;

Make It Merry Starburst cake topper, $14/12;

NY Cake Star-shaped Cookie Cutters, $7/5;

Presto Paper Metal No. 4 tabs, $1 each;

ReInvent Home Colorblock wooden ice cream spoon, $7/12;

Sucre Shop Striped wooden ice cream spoons, $10/20;

Sugarfina Assorted candies, $7/small cube;

Sur la Table Porcelain espresso mugs, $3 each;