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« on: July 01, 2009 09:04:22 AM »



I make this for 4th of July parties and thought I'd share.  My favorite part of the platter - the wavy stripes.  They are LONG cookies, so you can really enjoy them and I guess share if you wish.  If you're having a large party consider doubling the recipe, any extra or unused dough can be frozen!

Star Spangled Cookie Party


To make the cookies you'll need:

4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


In a large bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder and set aside. Use an electric mixer to cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the eggs. Add flour mixture, and mix on low speed until thoroughly combined. Stir in vanilla. Wrap dough in plastic and chill for at least 30 minutes or overnight. Preheat oven to 325. On a floured surface, roll dough to 1/8 inch thick. Using a small knife or pizza cutter create 13 wavy stripes. Next roll out the remaining dough and create additional cookies with the star-shaped cookies. Transfer cookies to ungreased baking sheets; refrigerate until firm, 15 minutes. Remove from refrigerator and bake until edges begin to brown around 8 to 10 minutes.

Carefully remove cookies and cool on wire racks. Next prepare the icing for the cookies.

To make royal icing you'll need:
3 tablespoons Meringue Powder
4 cups of confectioners' sugar
6 tablespoons warm water
Red, white and blue food coloring gels

Beat all ingredients until icing forms peaks (7-10 minutes at low speed with a kitchen mixer, 10-12 minutes at high speed with a hand-held mixer). Separate icing into three bowls, next tint one red, one white and one blue, "build" your color, as opposed to adding to much gel at one time. Once tinted, use an offset spatula to ice the cookies. Add a little icing at first and carefully spread, allow icing to flow to the edge of the cookie. Set the cookies aside and allow the icing to set up. Recipe makes 3 cups.
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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2009 09:49:07 AM »

thanks for sharing! Those are cute. Like a cookie collage.
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