Thursday, July 2, 2015

Fireworks Pudding Cookies

The recipe for Fireworks Cookies called for red, white and blue M&Ms. I couldn't find such patriotic candies. But then I got to thinking: They are called "fireworks" cookies. And fireworks aren't limited to red, white and blue. I am declaring my independence from seasonal M&Ms because they just don't bring them to my small town grocery store or to the Mercantile.

And, by the way, it works just fine with regular old M&Ms. It's even better with the mini version because you spread out the chocolatey fun.

I did happen to have red, white and blue sprinkles in my cabinet, so I made the nod to the 4th, even though they were really going into harvest suppers and welcoming our new pastor and family to our community.

The different ingredient is instant pudding mix. I hadn't made cookies with pudding mix before, but there seems to be a plethora of varieties if my friend, Google, is to be believed.

Happy 4th! Happy Fireworks!
Fireworks Pudding Cookies
Adapted from Crazy for Crust blog
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 boxes (3.4 oz. size) INSTANT vanilla pudding mix (left dry)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup red and blue sprinkles
1 bag patriotic M & Ms (or other M&Ms if not available)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream shortening, butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla, mixing well. Add flour, pudding mix, baking soda and salt, mixing until combined. Stir in sprinkles and M&Ms.

Prepare cookie sheets by spraying with cooking spray or using parchment paper. Using a cookie scoop, arrange 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until edges start to turn brown. Cool 5 minutes on cookie sheet before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely. Store in airtight container. These freeze well.

If you want to celebrate your patriotism with some all-American baking, you can try any of these tried and true recipes from Kim's County Line. They work equally well in the harvest field or at a more typical 4th of July celebration.

Clipper Bars

All-American Brownies for a Crowd
(Caveat: I didn't wait until the brownies were completely cool to frost and cut. It didn't affect the taste; just the look!

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