There are few things I love more than fireworks. Cookies, however, may be one of them. This July 4th, I'm looking forward to celebrating Independence Day by combing two of my favorite things into one tasty treat.
This take on Fireworks Cookies are an easy to make, super fun to decorate, and the perfect way to celebrate America with your kids!
Fireworks Cookies adapted from Recipe Girl
For the cookies:
- 1 cup granulated white sugar
- 1 cup softened butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the icing:
- 5 tablespoons meringue powder
- 1 pound powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- Gel paste or liquid food coloring
1. Start by preheating the oven to 350. In a medium-sized bowl, cream the sugar and butter until fluffy. Then, add vanilla and egg.
2. In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients together. Then, slowly incorporate into the butter mixture. Mix the dough until it comes together and is completely incorporated.
3. Remove the dough from the bowl, and roll to your desired thickness. Remember, they will rise just a tad in the oven! Cut the cookies into circles, using a cookie cutter or a water glass, and place onto an ungreased baking sheet. Allow to bake until the edges brown slightly, about 8 to 10 minutes.
4. Remove the cookies from the baking sheet, using a spatula, and put them on a wire cooling rack. Allow cookies to cool completely.
5. In a bowl (ideally an electric mixer), combine the meringue powder, sugar, and 1/2 cup water and mix at a low speed until you reach your desired consistency. RecipeGirl suggests the spoon test: Lift a spoonful of icing up from the bowl and let it drip back down. A ribbon should remain on the top of the icing for around 5 to 7 seconds. That's when you know it's perfect!
6. Divide the fresh icing into three bowls. Keep 2/3 of it in one bowl, and the rest between two others. Tint the smaller bowls, one red and one blue, to decorate your cookies.
7. To ice your cookie, place the white, undyed frosting into a pastry bag with small tip or a squeeze bottle. Start at the edges, drawing a white line around the cookie as a frame. Let this outer circle set for about 10 minutes, so you have a sort of natural barrier for the rest of the icing, which you'll put in the middle.
8. After you've waited, spoon more white icing into the center of the cookie, and use a spoon to spread across the surface. Then, squeeze a dot of color at the center of the iced cookie.
9. Draw circles of color around the dot (as seen here) rotating red and blue, or however you'd like. To create the firework effect, drag a toothpick from the center of the cookie to the edge. Then, wipe the toothpick with a napkin or rag, and repeat. Feel free to mix it up, the more unique each cookie, the more fun! The cookies will take about 24 hours to harden, so make them in advance, and enjoy!
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