Friday, February 17, 2012

Red, White and Blue Striped Cookies

I found this recipe on Pinterest from thecookingphotographer.com. She called the recipe "Berry Raspberry Icebox Cookies."


I love making striped cookies. They look difficult to make are really very simple.  I had to make them because yesterday I got a new KitchenAid stand mixer and a new Tori Burch shirt. The TB shirt really doesn't have anything to do with this recipe - but it is a really cute shirt!


These patriotic cookies are a perfect treat for President's Day weekend.

Ingredients:

2/3 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
2 pouches (1 lb. 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker Sugar Cookies (I had a coupon!)
red gel food coloring
blue gel food coloring
1 tablespoon raspberry Jello
1 tablespoon berry blue Jello

Directions:

Line an 8 x 4 inch loaf pan with parchment paper - extending paper over the sides of the pan.

In a stand mixer beat butter and eggs. Add the sugar cookie mixes and beat until just combined.

Divide the dough into three equal parts and place in three large cereal bowls. Set one bowl aside.

Add raspberry Jello and red gel food coloring to one bowl. Start the kneading with a spoon and then pick up the dough and finish kneading with your hands. Kneading until the red dye is fully incorporated in the dough. Place the red dough ball in plastic wrap. Wash your hands.

Add the blue berry Jello and blue gel food coloring to the third bowl.  Kneading until fully incorporated like in the above paragraph. Place the blue dough ball in plastic wrap and wash your hands.

In the first bowl that you set aside - knead into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap.


I placed the dough disks into the refrigerator for about 15 minutes - while I cleaned up. I am a neat freak!


Divide each dough disk in half. Pat half of the red dough in the bottom of the parchment paper layered pan.


Then press half of the plain dough on top of the red.


Then press half of the blue dough on top of the white. And repeat starting with the red dough. Do you like my handprint on the above photo?

Now fold the parchment paper over the top of the final layer and cover the top of the pan with foil and place in the refrigerator for at least two hours.


After a few hours - remove the foil and turn the pan over on a cutting board and carefully remove the parchment paper. Trim the ends so that everything is nice and even.


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  With a sharp knife start cutting into 1/4" slices. Then cut each slice in half.


Place the squares on a cookie sheet and bake for 7 to 8 minutes.


My family loved the cookies - I made 2 1/2 dozen cookies from this recipe!

Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes and then move them to a wire rack to completely cool. Don't they look awesome? I can make these for my Dad's birthday (Flag Day) , Memorial Day or Fourth of July.

Wishing you a relaxing President's Day weekend!  This weekend my son has baseball and basketball and I am working on a quiche recipe. Oh and I am also bringing snacks for the basketball team! Good times!


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