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Saturday, June 26, 2021

Red, White, and Blue Celebration Cookies/July 4th Event

Of all the summer holidays, the 4th of July is one of my favorites! Usually we are do a lot of swimming and boating, and of course, eating, as we celebrate throughout the day. All that is followed by beautiful city wide fireworks, which are always the perfect way to end the day, and of course, more food! How do you celebrate the 4th? 

Did I mention we do quite a bit of eating?! This year we will be enjoying the holiday with a picnic table full of food, something on the grill, and desserts waiting in the fridge. I will be serving these 4th of July Patriotic Sugar Cookies as part of our dessert tray. These cookies are easy to make and decorate and they are fun to eat too!

                            

Red, White, and Blue Celebration Cookies   

(printable recipe at end of page)

(makes 5-6 dozen cookies)

2 cups Butter (softened)

2 cups Sugar

2 Eggs

2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1 teaspoon Salt

5 cups Flour  

3 teaspoon Baking Powder


Royal Icing Recipe

3/4 cup Warm Water

5 tbl. Meringue Powder

1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar

2.25 lbs Powdered Icing Sugar

Red and Blue Food Coloring

Red Icing Color

Blue Icing Color


Cookie Toppings

white confetti sprinkles

red, white and blue sprinkles

chocolate candy pearls

red, white and blue stars 

mini decor balls 

mini red, white and blue sprinkles



Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and extract and mix well. Mix dry ingredients together. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, a little at a time. Mix until flour mix is incorporated and dough comes together. 

Divide dough into small batches that will fit between a large piece of parchment paper. Roll out dough to desired thickness. This recipe will take approx. 6-7 pieces of parchment paper. Stack the parchment paper covering the cookie dough on to a baking sheet, cover tightly with saran wrap, and let it chill in the fridge. Repeat the process until all dough is used, and all the sheets of parchment are in the fridge. By the time you are done, the first sheet you put in should be cold. If not, wait about 30 minutes. 

Take out the first sheet, cut out, and start baking at 350 degrees for  8-10 minutes. The best thing is that you are not adding any additional flour to your cookies. When you have used all of the dough from one sheet that you can, re-roll it and place on the same parchment paper again. Refrigerate like when you started. Keep cooking until all cookies are done.

Let cookies cool on cooling rack.

Use a whisk to mix together the warm water and meringue powder in a large mixing bowl or stand mixer. Mix for 30 seconds. Add Cream of Tartar and mix for 30 seconds more. Add confectioner's sugar and mix for 10 minutes on low speed. 

Take 1 cup of frosting and put it into a small bowl. Tint the icing red.
Take another cup of frosting and put it into another small bowl, and tint it blue.
                                                     
Using the white frosting, outline the cookie with a #2 decorating tip
then fill in the inside of the star. Use a toothpick to move the icing around to fill in the star. Don't allow the cookies to dry. You need them wet so the fireworks can be made and the candies can be attached.

To make the fireworks on the cookies, place a dot of blue frosting
on the wet cookie.

Use a toothpick to pull the blue frosting into a firework. Do the same with a dot of red frosting. The fireworks make a great background for all the sprinkles.

               
Begin decorating the cookie with all the edible candies. Put them in any design that you like. Get creative and make it fun! I used an assortment of candies such as white confetti sprinkles, chocolately pearls, red, white and blue stars, mini decor balls, and or course, sprinkles! The sprinkles that are large make great decor for these cookies!


Thank you for joining me today and have a wonderful 4th of July Celebration! Check out the list below for more 4th of July food inspiration from my fellow bloggers! There are so many amazing recipes to choose from!


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Yield: 5 dozen
Author: The Freshman Cook
Red, White and Blue Celebration Cookies

Red, White and Blue Celebration Cookies

Celebrate the red, white, and blue with these fun and tasty sugar cookies, topped with edible sprinkles, chocolate balls, and lots of fun cookie adornments.

Ingredients

  • Cookie Recipe
  • 2 cups Butter (softened)
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 5 cups Flour
  • 3 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • Royal Icing Recipe
  • 3/4 cup Warm Water
  • 5 tbl. Meringue Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 2.25 lbs Powdered Icing Sugar
  • Red and Blue Food Coloring
  • Red Icing Color
  • Blue Icing Color
  • Cookie Toppings
  • white confetti sprinkles
  • red, white and blue sprinkles
  • chocolately pearls
  • red, white and blue stars
  • mini decor balls
  • mini red, white and blue sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and extract and mix well. Mix dry ingredients together. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, a little at a time. Mix until flour mix is incorporated and dough comes together.
  2. Divide dough into small batches that will fit between a large piece of parchment paper. Roll out dough to desired thickness. This recipe will take approx. 6-7 pieces of parchment paper. Stack the parchment paper covering the cookie dough on to a baking sheet, cover tightly with saran wrap, and let it chill in the fridge. Repeat the process until all dough is used, and all the sheets of parchment are in the fridge. By the time you are done, the first sheet you put in should be cold. If not, wait about 30 minutes.
  3. Take out the first sheet, cut out, and start baking at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. The best thing is that you are not adding any additional flour to your cookies. When you have used all of the dough from one sheet that you can, re-roll it and place on the same parchment paper again. Refrigerate like when you started. Keep cooking until all cookies are done.
  4. Let cookies cool on cooling rack.
  5. Use a whisk to mix together the warm water and meringue powder in a large mixing bowl or stand mixer. Mix for 30 seconds. Add Cream of Tartar and mix for 30 seconds more. Add confectioner's sugar and mix for 10 minutes on low speed.
  6. Take 1 cup of frosting and put it into a small bowl. Tint the icing red. Take another cup of frosting and put it into another small bowl, and tint it blue.
  7. Using the white frosting, outline the cookie with a #2 decorating tip then fill in the inside of the star. Use a toothpick to move the icing around to fill in the star. Don't allow the cookies to dry. You need them wet so the fireworks can be made and the candies can be attached.
  8. To make the fireworks on the cookies, place a dot of blue frosting
  9. on the wet cookie.
  10. Use a toothpick to pull the blue frosting into a firework. Do the same with a dot of red frosting. The fireworks make a great background for all the sprinkles.
  11. Begin decorating the cookie with all the edible candies. Put them in any design that you like. Get creative and make it fun! I used an assortment of candies such as white confetti sprinkles, chocolately pearls, red, white and blue stars, mini decor balls, and or course, sprinkles! The sprinkles that are large make great decor for these cookies!
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Monday, May 20, 2019

Southwestern Potato Salad / #BBQWeek

Pasta Salad is pretty much a staple at most of our summer gatherings.  How about at your house? This Southwest Pasta Salad is one we have enjoyed many times and I hope you will enjoy it too! The flavors of the southwest are long time favorites of mine and I love incorporating it into my recipes!
This recipe is better if made the day before, giving the yummy flavors a chance to meld together for optimum flavor. I used red potatoes, because they are my favorite, but any type will do. I also added green onions, fresh tomatoes, black beans, and a special sauce with just a touch of heat. I topped it all with a bit of salsa mixed in. This Southwestern Potato Salad will be welcome at all your BBQ events this summer!


SOUTHWESTERN POTATO SALAD 
(makes enough for 4 servings)
(printable recipe at end of page) 
2 pounds Red Potatoes  
2 stalks Green Onions
Tomato, small

1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1/2 cup Corn Niblets
8 Eggs
1/4 -1/2 cup cooked Pinto Beans 
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1 tablespoon Hot Sauce
1/2 cup Salsa
1 Avocado
                                                                                         


Peel potatoes and chop into small pieces. Fill a large pan with cold water. Bring water to a boil. Add potatoes and boil until soft, approx 8-10 minutes. If they are cooked too long, they are in danger of becoming mushy. Rinse potatoes under cold water, then place potatoes into the fridge until cold.
Chop onion and tomato.
Hard boil the eggs. Let cool and then peel and chop into small bites.
Rinse the beans.
In a separate bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream and hot sauce. Add the hot sauce sparingly, then test to make sure you are happy with it. If you are not, add more until you are happy with the results.
 Fry the corn in a frying pan with a small pat of butter.
Start putting everything together. Top the potatoes with the beans, tomatoes, onion, chopped eggs, corn, and salsa. Mix all together. Add the sauce. You might not need all of it, so pour and then stir together. You can always add more. 
Mix everything together with a spatula. A spatula is a little gentler on the small potatoes, but a spoon is fine too.
 Top with chopped avocado right before serving. Enjoy!

Check out the list below! It is loaded with more tasty, BBQ worthy recipes that you will want to include in your next BBQ. 









Southwestern Potato Salad

Yield: 4-5
Author:

ingredients:

Southwestern Potato Salad
  • 2 pounds Red Potatoes
  • 2 stalks Green Onions
  • Tomato, small
  • 1/2 cup Corn Niblets
  • 8 Eggs
  • 1/4 -1/2 cup cooked Pinto Beans
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Hot Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Salsa
  • 1 Avocado

instructions:

How to cook Southwestern Potato Salad

  1. Peel potatoes and chop into small pieces. Fill a large pan with cold water. Bring water to a boil. Add potatoes and boil until soft, approx 8-10 minutes. If they are cooked too long, they are in danger of becoming mushy. Rinse potatoes under cold water, then place potatoes into the fridge until cold.
  2. Chop onion and tomato.
  3. Hard boil the eggs. Let cool and then peel and chop into small bites.
  4. Rinse the beans.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream and hot sauce. Add the hot sauce sparingly, then test to make sure you are happy with it. If you are not, add more until you are happy with the results.
  6. Fry the corn in a frying pan with a small pat of butter.
  7. Start putting everything together. Top the potatoes with the beans, tomatoes, onion, chopped eggs, corn, and salsa. Mix all together. Add the sauce. You might not need all of it, so pour and then stir together. You can always add more.
  8. Mix everything together with a spatula. A spatula is a little gentler on the small potatoes, but a spoon is fine too.
  9. Top with chopped avocado right before serving. Enjoy!
potato salads, hard boiled eggs, southwestern cuisine, salsa,
side dishes
picnic food
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Monday, May 22, 2017

Last Minute Memorial Day Ideas


 

There is still time to get some recipes and crafts together for Memorial Day! Celebrate and have a fun holiday!


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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Round~Up of Red, White and Blue Treats

This round up of Red, White and Blue Treats has a little bit of something for everyone! I love red, white and blue treats all year round, but they are especially fun to celebrate with during the summertime.  With Memorial Day coming up this week, and the Fourth of July, mid summer, I hope you will find something you can use to help you celebrate in style! Have Fun!


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Memorial Day Butterscotch Bars

 I am sharing these Memorial Day Butterscotch Bars over at Bacon Time with The Hungry Hypo today.  These bars are full of butterscotch, peanuts, marshmallows and m and m's. 
 They would be perfect for your Memorial Day picnic or get together!


Thursday, May 24, 2012

She's A Grand Old Flag!

Today is another Cookie Journey Thursday, and we are making Flag cookies for Memorial Day! I love making cookies for special holidays!
I used a Wilton #2 tip for everything, and I used 
Wilton Royal Blue and Americolor Super Red #120 for the icing.
I cut out my cookie, and started the decorating by
outlining a circle at the top of the flag pole, and then filling it in.
Let it dry before going on to the next step.
Outline and then fill in the flag pole. 
Mark out a small square at the top for the bed of stars,
outline and then fill in. Let dry.
Here is a pic from the top of the cookie. The flag should look
like it is waving, so I brought the blue field all the way to the top,
and I made it as wide as the first scallop on the cookie.
Let the icing dry.
I made the first stripe red, and followed with 6 stripes total.
I let the stripe dry for about 20 minutes before 
moving on.
I piped the stripes freehand. It was very easy.
I made sure that the first red and the first white stripe
were equal in width to the field of blue. I was going to sketch
a line as a guide for the rest of the stripes, but instead
I estimated the width and drew the first line, like the red one above.
Then I came back along the previous white line. This was a
lot like the outlining I piped when I made the graduation cookies, 
but this looks much better. 
I guess it does pay to practice!
 (I should have listened to that advice a long time ago!)
Then I piped the line at the edge of the flag, and filled
in the stripe.
I think these turned out pretty well, but
I definitely need to perfect this, so look for these again
near the 4th of July.
Practice makes Perfect!
(or so I have heard :))

Looking for cookie cutters? 
I got a great email today from Foose Cookie Cutters,
and they have some fantastic new cutters!
Check them out!

Thanks for joining me today!
I hope someone is practicing along with me!

Have a great Memorial Day and weekend!!

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