September 05, 2012

Quick and Easy 4th of July Cookies (step-by-step tutorial)

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Iced or frosted sugar cookies look beautiful but they do take a lot of time to prepare. On average you would need at least 2 – 3 days in order to bake, ice and decorate them.
If you are short of time but would love to have delicious and beautiful 4th of July cookies on your table this step-by- step guide is for you.
These cookies take less than an hour to prepare and they taste heavenly!

The Best Cookie Dough Log Recipe 

This is my mother-in-law’s recipe. Please use with caution. The first time I used this recipe I ate about half of the cookies BY MYSELF! If you change the design, you can make these delicious, light and airy cookies to fit any occasion. However, if you planning to frost your cookies with Royal Icing I would highly recommend that you use this recipe.

1 ½ cups sifted confectionary sugar
1 cup butter
1 egg
1tsp vanilla flavoring
½ tsp almond flavoring
2 ½ cups sifted flour
1tsp cream of tartar
1tsp baking soda
I would recommend that you refrigerate the dough for about 2 to 3 hours before you start working with it.

Divide the dough into 3 parts. Use red and blue food coloring to dye the first 2 parts and leave the third one uncolored.

Start with the red ball. Roll out your dough until it’s approximately 0.15” thick. You will need to cut 1 rectangle that is 2.5” x10” and 2 smaller one, each 1”x10”. Roll the uncolored dough to the same thickness, but 2 rectangles 2.5” x10” and one 1”x10”.
Roll the blue dyed dough until it is 1” thick and cut one rectangle 1.5”x10”

I know this probably sounds complicated, but look at the picture below. In order to make a flag you will have to stack the strips in the following order.
2.5”x10” uncolored (0.15” thick)
2.5”x10” red (0.15” thick)
2.5”x10” uncolored (0.15” thick)
1.5”x10” blue and next to the blue line up the smaller strips starting with the red one (1” thick)

Here is how your dough should look when you are finished

Rolling pin rings could come very handy here. I tried to make the layers even, but as you can see I wasn’t very successful.

Wrap in clear plastic in put in the freezer for about 20 min.

Once it’s cooled and hard enough to cut, slice the dough to the desired thickness (if you like soft and chewy cookies, cut them a little bit thicker and for thin and crisp cookies, cut really thin) bake at 375 for approximately 7 – 8 minutes.
Here is how my cookies came out

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