Funfetti Flag 4th of July Cheese Ball

LAST UPDATED: Jul 10, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Jul 03, 2020 | By: Julie Blanner

This dessert cheese ball is the cutest way to add a little patriotic flair to your Fourth of July dessert display! It’s perfect for dipping and spreading with an array of fruits, cookies and crackers.

A frosted fourth of july flag dessert, covered in m&ms, crackers surrounding.

Nothing is a hit with the kids like whimsical food at parties. It’s incredibly easy to make and little hands can help, too! It’s the perfect patriotic dessert!

We love a sweet treat and we especially love a dessert-style cheese ball! They are so easy to customize to any occasion and holiday.

Over the years, I’ve shared so many of my favorite creative cheeseballs with you. Whether sweet or savory, they are such a fun option for parties. I’ve even written a complete guide to all of my best reader-favorite cheeseball recipes– don’t miss it!

A frosted 4th of July cheeseball flag dessert, m&ms making stars and stripes

Why You’ll Love this Fun 4th of July Dessert Cheeseball

It’s a little bit like a fruit dip, and a little bit like a dessert cheese spread. Regardless of how you want to look at it or what you’d like to call it, it’s a LOT of fun and such a cute addition to your dessert display!

This dessert cheese ball is not only easy to make and big enough to feed a crowd, it’s also so easy to throw together and you can make it ahead.

A frosted fourth of july flag dessert, covered in m&ms, crackers surrounding.

I love that while it looks so fun to display, it’s also so flexible and can be served with such a variety of “dippers”.

It will look like you spent hours on this cute Fourth of July dessert, but you’ll know the full truth! Let’s keep it between us, shall we?

I like to give a lot of detail in my recipe posts to guide readers through any questions. If you’re just here for the printable recipe, feel free to click “jump to recipe” right under the title of this post and you’ll head straight there!

A frosted fourth of july flag dessert, covered in m&ms, crackers surrounding.

4th of July Cheese Ball Ingredients

  • Fourth of July Funfetti Cake Mix – These tend to be easily accessible during the summer. You can substitute white cake mix and add in Red, White and Blue Sprinkles if you prefer.
  • Cream Cheese – Softened. Learn how to soften cream cheese here.
  • Powdered Sugar – Also known as confectioner’s sugar. This gives the cheese ball a luxuriously creamy texture. You can pulse granulated sugar in a food processor until fluffy and smooth if you don’t have any on hand.
  • Buttercream Icing – You can use my recipe but you’re welcome to purchase store-bought icing, too. I’ll never judge!
A frosted 4th of July cheeseball flag dessert, m&ms making stars and stripes

Optional Decorating Ingredients

Here’s the fun- you can decorate however you’d like! Let the kids decorate and they’ll have so much fun!

A frosted fourth of july flag dessert, covered in m&ms, crackers surrounding.

How to Make a Flag Cheeseball

Are you ready? Let’s make this adorable 4th of July dessert cheese ball recipe!

  1. In a mixing bowl or mixer, combine funfetti cake mix, powdered sugar, vanilla and cream cheese until smooth. Additional sprinkles optional.
  2. Refrigerate 30+ minutes.
  3. Using plastic wrap or wax paper form a large rectangle, smooth, place on a platter.
  4. In a small mixing bowl combine butter, powdered sugar and milk until smooth. A frosted dessert funfetti cheeseball, in a rectangular shape on a platter. A frosted dessert funfetti cheeseball, in a rectangular shape on a platter.
  5. Spread icing onto cheeseball. A frosted dessert cheeseball, in a rectangular shape on a platter. A frosted dessert cheeseball, in a rectangular shape on a platter.
  6. Add candy coated chocolate to create a flag. A frosted 4th of July cheeseball flag dessert, m&ms making stars and stripes
  7. Refrigerate until serving. Serve with graham crackers, cookies and fruits.

Serving Suggestions

  • graham crackers
  • biscoff cookies
  • waffle cone pieces
  • pretzels
  • shortbread cookies
  • vanilla wafers
  • cinnamon chips
  • animal crackers
  • apple slices
A frosted 4th of July cheeseball flag dessert, m&ms making stars and stripes

Variation

  • Make it in a Ball – In a rush? You can halve this recipe and make it in a ball!

Tips

  • For best results, refrigerate for at least 30 minutes after forming your flag shaped block. This allows the cream cheese to firm back up enough that you can spread your frosting much more easily!
  • Refrigerate before adding the layer of frosting or after – either way works!
  • If you’re adding m&ms for the flag look in these images, wait until just before serving so you don’t get as much bleed from the moisture in the refrigerator.
  • Store for up to three days, tightly wrapped in the refrigerator.
A frosted fourth of july flag dessert, covered in m&ms, crackers surrounding.

More Seasonal Cheeseball Inspiration

I have cheeseball recipes for every occasion! They are such an easy, festive way to bring a sweet and savory touch to your party food line-ups.

If you love the dessert style cheeseballs, be sure to check out this Easter dessert cheese ball, and this adorable snowman cheeseball, too!

A frosted fourth of july flag dessert, covered in m&ms, crackers surrounding.

Funfetti Flag 4th of July Dessert Cheeseball

Julie Blanner
This dessert cheese ball is the cutest way to add a little patriotic flair to your Fourth of July dessert display! It's perfect for dipping and spreading with an array of fruits, cookies and crackers.
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Prep Time 15 mins
refrigerate 30 minutes or longer. 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Appetizer, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 374 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 16 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup funfetti cake mix
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Icing

  • ½ cup butter softened
  • cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Topping

  • candy coated chocolate

Instructions
 

  • In a mixing bowl or mixer, combine funfetti cake mix, powdered sugar, vanilla and cream cheese until smooth. Additional sprinkles optional.
  • Refrigerate 30+ minutes.
  • Using a spatula drop 2 large balls of dough onto a platter to form a large rectangle. It doesn't have to be perfect.
  • In a small mixing bowl combine butter, powdered sugar and milk until smooth.
  • Spread icing onto cheeseball covering all sides.
  • Add candy coated chocolate to create a flag.
  • Refrigerate until serving. Serve with graham crackers, cookies and fruits.

Notes

Variation

  • Make it in a Ball – In a rush? You can halve this recipe and make it in a ball!

Tips

  • For best results, refrigerate for at least 30 minutes after forming your flag shaped block. This allows the cream cheese to firm back up enough that you can spread your frosting much more easily!
  • Refrigerate before adding the layer of frosting or after – either way works!
  • If you’re adding m&ms for the flag look in these images, wait until just before serving so you don’t get as much bleed from the moisture in the refrigerator.
  • Store for up to three days, tightly wrapped in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Calories:374kcalCarbohydrates:45gProtein:3gFat:21gSaturated Fat:12gCholesterol:62mgSodium:255mgPotassium:56mgFiber:1gSugar:41gVitamin A:749IUCalcium:46mgIron:1mg
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