4th of July Cookies

This band of strolling musicians spent some time at my house recently.  We had a cousin play date.  They all selected favorite musical instruments and paraded through my house, then outside and around the house – clanging the cymbals and humming the kazoos through a variety of tunes.  The “quiet house on the corner” was turned into a noisy den of fun.

When it was time for a break (for my ears), everyone sat down for some lemonade and 4th of July cookies.

When I started thinking about what cookies to bake for the gathering, I knew I wanted something that would be red, white and blue for the upcoming birthday of the United States.  I have an old and often used recipe for ice box cookies from Betty Crocker’s Christmas Cookbook that would work perfectly.  The recipe is below.

I needed some red dough, white dough and some blue dough.

I had decided to make free-form red, white and blue pinwheels.  I divided the dough into three portions – two larger portions and one smaller portion.  One large portion was left white and one was colored red.  I used Wilton concentrated paste food coloring since that produces a bolder color than liquid food coloring.  The smaller portion was colored with blue paste food coloring.

After the dough had chilled, I rolled the red and white into rectangles placing the white atop the red layer.  I shaped the blue portion into a narrow strip and placed it on the other layers.  Then the dough was rolled up jelly roll fashion and put into the refrigerator to chill.

After the dough chilled, I sliced it into 1/4 inch thick slices and placed them on parchment paper lined cookie sheets.

After they came out of the oven, presto – 4th of July cookies.

And here is the recipe which in the cookbook is called Christmas  Cookie Slices.

1/2 cup sugar                                    1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

1/2 cup butter or margarine         1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 egg                                                      1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Mix sugar, softened butter, eggs and vanilla.  Stir in the dry ingredients.

Divide dough and add coloring.  Then cover the bowls and refrigerate for several hours.

Roll the red dough into a rectangle about 8 X 9 inches.  Roll the white dough into a rectangle about 8 X 9 inches and place it atop the red layer.  Pat the remaining dough into a strip about 2 X 9 and place at the edge of the white dough.  Roll the dough up in jelly roll fashion.  Wrap the roll and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 400.  Cut the roll of dough into 1/4 inch slices and place on parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Bake cookies for 7-10 minutes until the cookies are slightly browned at the edges.  (I baked mine for 7 minutes.)

Yield about 3 1/2 dozen cookies.

Yummy rich buttery, sugary cookies to enjoy with ice cream or lemonade.  I have some tucked in the freezer to be used as treats on another  day.

Thank you for stopping by Grandma in the Mailbox.  Next Wednesday is the 4th of July.  I plan to head out to our town’s parade.   I do like parades.  I hope that you stop back in a couple of weeks to see what my grandchildren and I have been up to.  Don’t forget to fly your American flag on the 4th of July.  Enjoy the holiday.

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