Friday, July 1, 2011

Star-Spangled Cookies

Looking for a fun way to celebrate the 4th of July? Star-Spangled Cookies can help light up your holiday table with a little fun.

I shared the recipe during a 4-H foods meeting yesterday. I used the cherry gelatin on my trial run batch at home and then had the 4-Hers make the blue version. (The recipe is a variation of one I found on the Kraft Foods website for Jell-O pastel cookies.)

We melted almond bark and used a decorator's tube with a writing tip to drizzle it evenly over the cookies. While the almond bark was still wet, we then sprinkled with patriotic sprinkles.

With a whole shelf of Jell-O colors at the grocery store and sprinkles made for most any holiday, you could turn this treat into a dessert for any season. Enjoy!

Star-Spangled Cookies
3 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup shortening
2 pkg. (3 oz. each) Jell-O cherry flavor gelatin, DIVIDED
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla

Almond bark

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, baking powder and salt. Beat butter in large bowl with mixer until creamy. Add sugar and 1 package gelatin; beat until light and fluffy. Blend in egg and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. To make uniform cookies, use a cookie scoop. Put remaining gelatin mixture in a bowl; roll balls in dry gelatin. Place, 2 inches apart, on baking sheets sprayed with cooking spray. Flatten with bottom of glass.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are very lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 3 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

Note: For best results, use the same flavor of gelatin for both the cookie dough and for rolling in prior to baking.

Makes about 5 dozen cookies. Serving is 2 cookies, 180 calories for the 2.

For Star-Spangled Cookies, melt almond bark in microwave at 50 percent power. Take care not to burn, stirring every minute, until melted. Put melted bark in a decorator tube and drizzle over cooled cookies. Top with sprinkles while the almond bark is still wet. You may change the sprinkles to fit the season or party.


We also made Macaroons and used red and blue candy discs to give it the holiday flair.

Enjoy your 4th of July celebration!

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