Friday, June 26, 2009

4th of July Cookies

This week I was incharge of the "Activity Day" for the girls in my ward. I thought with the 4th of July right around the corner we would talk about why we celebrate it and how blessed we are to live in this great country! They each learned how to fold the flag. We wrote letters on paper stars ( and snip stars) to send to the young man from our ward serving in Iraq. For treats we had these festive cookies. I adapted the recipe from Taste of Home's "Ultimate Cookie Collection"

4th of July Cookies

1 c butter, softened
1 1/2 c sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 c flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp almond extract, divided
red food coloring
blue food coloring
1/2 c flaked coconut, finely chopped

1. Line a 9-in.x 5-in. x 3-in. loaf pan with waxed paper; set aside. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.

2. Divied dough into thirds. Add 1 tsp almond extract and red food coloring to one portion; spread evenly into prepared pan. Add coconut to second portion; spread evenly over first layer. Add 1 tsp almond extract and blue food coloring to third portion; spread evenly over second layer. Cover with foil; freeze for 4 hours or over night (I only did 1 1/2 hours and it worked fine)

3. Unwrap loaf and cunt in half lengthwise. Cut each portion widthwise into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2-in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 for 12-14 min. or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Yields: 3 1/2 dozen.


  1. These look so nice. I wish I liked to make fun things like this. I am sure that your serviceman will enjoy them.


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