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Stars and Stripes Cookies

I've shared with you before my favorite sugar cookie recipe and my go-to for frosting...but today I am sharing another version. These are perfect for cut out cookies and for amazing designs with frostings. Sugar cookie recipe 3 cups flour 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 cup butter 1 cup sugar 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla 1/2 tsp salt Mix ingredients well and roll out into a thin piece. Use a large star shaped cookie cutter to make the large stars and use a small for the blue stars. Royal icing recipe 2 egg whites 1/4 tsp cream of tartar 3 cups powdered sugar Whip the egg whites until they hold their shape. (This usually takes about 5 minutes on high.) Then add in your cream of tartar and powdered sugar. Mix and blend well. Divide into three...dye one red and one blue and leave one white.   … [Read more...]

Patriotic Fruit Pizza

Here's what you will need for the crust: 1 box of Graham Crackers, smashed 2 T honey, divided 1 stick of butter, melted 2 T sugar Combine ingredients together in a mixer or food processor to make a dough. Press out your dough in a pie pan, add remaining tablespoon of honey to the top of the crust and bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes (until nicely browned) Here's what you will need for the remainder: 2 Cups of whipped cream (or Cool Whip) 6 ounces of vanilla (or plain) yogurt. Greek yogurt works best as it is a thicker consistency raspberries blackberries sliced strawberries Combine the whipped cream and yogurt together in a bowl and then smooth over your COOLED crust. Next, add your berries, leaving plenty of space showing the white....this will give the red, white and blue look to the fruit pizza. You certainly can do this with other fruits as well (I've done it with strawberries and kiwi at Christmas time) but if you stick to the berries you will get the … [Read more...]

Patriotic Krispie Bars

  Want to know how to please nearly everyone at your next Patriotic event? Rice Krispies are ALWAYS a hit!!! And if you take a little extra time and go the extra mile you will be earning high praises! To make these delicious bars you simply need to follow the standard directions but add food coloring. I knew I needed several bars so I made three batches (one in red, one in white and one in blue). Once you have made your blue batch press them down firmly in your pan and begin to make the non-colored (white) version that is standard. Add this layer to the top of the blue ones. Now that your white layer is complete you can begin on the red layer. Add the final layer to the top of the white ones and wait for the entire thing to cool. Once they have completely cooled you can cut them into nice sized squares and watch everyone enjoy, but don't forget to sneak a few for yourself! … [Read more...]