Tuesday, June 21, 2011

~American Flag Cookies~



Today I'll show you how you can make these cute little flag cookies, using the same recipe I used for my  
Watermelon  Checkerboard Cookies  last year, if you haven't seen them go check them out,  they are so fun to make  and really great for Summer Parties.
This cookie dough is great to work with, it can be flavored, colored any way you like, it handles well too.

These Flag Cookies would be perfect to munch on at your 4th of July party this year, they are easy to make plus they are bite size, so be prepared having people grab more than 1 at ta time as they are pretty tasty too, soft melt in your mouth cookies.

Cookie Recipe

2 1/2 cups (350 grams) all purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup (227 grams) unsalted butter room temperature
3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated white sugar
1tbl orange emulsion or 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1egg

-Sift flour and salt in a medium size bowl.
-Beat the butter and sugar until fluffy and pale in color.
-Add one egg and continue beating until doubled in volume, about 4 minutes
-Add extract, beat until well blended
-On low speed add flour, just until incorporated
-Dough will be soft

You should have about 750grams of dough, so what I did I divided dough into 3 bowls.
2 bowls with 280 grams of dough  and one bowl with 190 grams of cookie dough. These are just approximate numbers.
I colored one batch of 280 grams with red food coloring, and second one I left uncolored
Small batch I colored with blue food coloring.

Using 2 painter's sticks as guides I rolled the white and red dough into a rectangle, 5 inches wide and about 9 inches long. I cut it in half, making 2.5 wide strips of dough, at this point I placed both rolled cookie dough strips into the freezer, until firm.

Blue dough I rolled into 2 inch rectangle about 9 inch long, cut it in half into a 1 inch stripe and chill until firm.You will have some blue cookie dough  left that you can reuse later if needed.
When ready to assemble the cookie, have some water and pastry brush ready, we will brush each  layer with water so they stick together.


Gently brush red cookie strips with water and place white cookie strips on the top, Press slightly.
Now cut these in half and you should have 4 strips layered,  red and white, in about 1.25inch  wide 9 inches long.

Cut the blue cookie dough strips in half, forming 1/2 inch wide and about 9 inch long strips.

Layer strips as shown in the picture, make sure you brush each layer and sides as well with a tiny bit of water so they stick together.
You will have to cut one 1.25inch red and white strip in half , see the assembled cookie block below.

If you have any red and white cookie strips left over, make another blue cookies trip and continue making flag pattern using cookie strips
Place the block into the freezer , until firm. If needed trim any imperfections.

Bake at 350F for 5-9 minutes.Remove from the oven and let cool.


Finished cookies make a perfect treat for 4th of July celebration, don't you think?



More 4th of July Treats:
These along with several other treats of mine are published in  the publication 1,000 Ideas for Decorating Cupcakes, Cookies & Cakes (1000 Series)

 4th of July Mint Patties  


 Patriotic Dessert Topper 


~♥~

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