Fourth of July Recipes: Colorful Sugar Cookie Stars!
Kids love helping to bake up delicious Fourth of July recipes, and these simple sugar cookies will get their creative juices flowing! Once the cookies are cooled and the royal icing is mixed, let their imaginations take over, and you'll have a batch of fantastically frosted cookies to take to any potluck or class party.
- 2 cups sifted flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup butter, at room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 3 cups confectioner's sugar
- 2 large egg whites, at room temperature
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- Red and blue food coloring (Duh! What's a Fourth of July recipe without red & blue?)
- Heat the oven to 375 degrees.
- In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt, and set them aside.
- In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and the vanilla with a hand mixer. Add the sugar, then the egg.
- Gradually stir in the dry ingredients by hand, then cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for a half hour.
- Lightly grease a cookie sheet with non-stick spray or butter.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough with a rolling pin and use a cookie cutter to cut dough into the shape of stars.
- Bake the cookies in the center of the oven for 10-12 minutes, then cool on a wire rack.
- While the cookies are cooling, beat the egg whites and lemon juice in a medium bowl until combined.
- Slowly add the confectioner's sugar to the egg whites while beating, and continue to beat until the consistency is soft and smooth.
- Separate the icing into three batches—put two drops of red food coloring into one, and two drops of blue food coloring into one, leaving the third batch white.
- Let kids get to work icing the cookies! Add sprinkles, jimmies, or any other fun edible decorations you can find.
- Temperature is key in this recipe. The colder the cookie dough is, the easier these Fourth of July cookies will be to roll out. If the dough starts feeling warm and sticky, put back in the refrigerator for a few minutes to let it cool down.
Royal icing starts to harden as soon as it comes in contact with air, so if you don't start icing the cookies right away, make sure to store it in an airtight container.
Consider making this Fourth of July recipe at Christmas, too... swapping out the blue for some holiday green!
Recipe courtesy Ariel Jutkowitz, http://cakesharing.wordpress.com