Red, White and Blue Cookies

Visiting family on a long weekend is always fun and when that long weekend is around the 4th of July it makes the trip really special. This year we are visiting my cousin and the plan is to watch the fireworks from the roof top parking garage near his workplace. My cousin has a three year old and I wanted to make a fun gift to take along. These red, blue and white swirl sugar cookies were perfect.

Fourth of July was a time we went to the roof top to watch fireworks. That was when we lived in Arizona. We had a great view of the city and had a ringside view of the fireworks. The boom echoed on the mountain behind us making it a unique experience.

Back to the present and making cookies. As I made these cookies I realized I had not given myself even time to refrigerate them. I put them in the freezer to reduce the time by half. It worked very well.

You will need
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
red food coloring
blue food coloring

Beat the melted butter in a mixing bowl until creamy. Add the sugar and beat until the sugar is incorporated completely. Add the egg and the vanilla extract. Beat until light and fluffy. Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt. Beat until a soft batter is formed.

Divide the dough into three portions. The easiest way is to weigh the portions. Flatten one portion into a rectangle, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

To the second portion add red color and beat until the color is incorporated. Flatten it into a rectangle, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

To the third portion add blue color and beat until the color is incorporated. Flatten in into a rectangle, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

After 20-30 minutes remove the dough from the refrigerator. Place a piece of wax paper over the dough and flip it. Peel off the plastic wrap. Place another sheet of wax paper over the top and roll it out to a fourth of an inch in thickness. Remove the wax paper covering the top.

Do the same with the white dough and place it over the blue dough.

Repeat with the red dough and place it over the white dough.

Wipe the wax paper and place it over the red dough. Flip the three layers over carefully so the blue layer is on the top. Roll the three layers into a tight roll with blue inside and red on the outside.

Roll it in wax paper and then plastic wrap. Refrigerate for four hours or freeze for about two hours. Placing the roll in a glass prevents flat sides.

Preheat oven to 375 F. Take the roll out of the refrigerator and cut into 1/4 inch pieces. You could make the cookies thinner or thicker according to personal preference.

Place on a prepared cookie sheet about two inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly colored. Transfer to cooling rack and cool completely.

Store in airtight container.

1 comment:

  1. these came out so beautiful - I am sure the kids would have loved these


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