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Fire Cracker Cookies!!

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Fire Cracker Cookies

 

These fun little fire cracker cookies have a crackling surprise inside– pop rock candy! A perfect treat for your Fourth of July celebrations!!!

I can’t believe it’s almost July already- this summer is passing too fast…! These cookies were a HUGE hit among my friends- the experience of eating a cookie that is popping in your mouth is truly a unique one, and everyone was a huge fan!

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adore sugar cookies…especially in the summer. They are so…expected at Christmas- but the 4th of July? Such a fun treat! These are easy to make and cut just beautifully. The dipping in candy melts takes a little time, but the end result is just so fun!

Here’s how we made these: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS: (makes about 60 circles that end up at 20 completed cookies)

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon of butter flavoring
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 bags of Wilton Candy Melts in red, white and blue
  • Star sprinkles
  • 3 packets of Pop Rocks in any flavor
  • String licorice (or the pull-apart kind works too)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth.
  • Add eggs, vanilla and butter flavoring and mix well.
  • Add all dry ingredients and mix until able to knead into a firm ball of dough (add additional flour if necessary).
  • Roll out on a floured counter with a flour coated rolling pin to desired thickness (I made them fairly thick)
  • Cut about 60 circles using a cookie cutter (I used a 1″ cookie cutter)
  • Use a smaller circle cutter to cut out a center circle from 20 of these cookies.
  • Place cookies on cookie sheets covered in parchment paper and bake at 350F degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Slide baked cookies and parchment paper together onto a counter to cool completely.
  • Melt candy melts in microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between until smooth.
  • Dip 1/3 of cookies into blue melts first and allow them to harden slightly before setting a snip of licorice on top. You may need to experiment with this a bit. The melts need to be soft enough to stick the licorice in, and hard enough to hold it upright.
  • Dip remaining cookies- 1/3 into red and 1/3 into white melts (add star sprinkles on the sides of the white cookies) and allow them to harden completely.
  • Put the cookies together by piping or spreading a little white candy melt on the bottom of the white piece and setting it on the red. Fill the open spot in the white cookie with pop rocks, pipe or spread a little white candy melt on the top ring of the white cookie and set the blue cookie on the very top. Allow cookies to harden together. Enjoy!!

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My thoughts: These take a little time, but they are genuinely fun to make and SO fun to serve! I loved the giggles at those surprise Pop Rocks in the middle!!! I hope you get a chance to try them!!!

Fire Cracker Cookies!

Other fun summer cookie recipes: (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Goldfish Oreo Pops!Hamburger Cookie!Ladybug Oreo Pops!Patriotic Flip Flop Cookies!

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Lemonade Cookies…with a twist!

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Lemonade Cookies with Strawberry Bits!

Chewy lemonade cookies made with bits of strawberry licorice…a fun treat that every kid (or kid at heart) in your life will love!

Months ago I received a baking challenge from an 8 year old boy named Zao.  His mom Erika works with me and he asked her, “Do you think Ruthanne could make cookies with red licorice in them?”  Well, of course we can!

Now, as a little warning to you:  the bits of licorice are yummy, but they are very chewy and you end up eating licorice after the cookie is all gone in your mouth.  Remember bubble gum ice cream?  It’s a little like that sort of dilemma.  The taste combination is wonderful though and if you can get past the consistency you will love these!

For those of you not-so-brave folks out there….the cookies are soooooo yummy without the licorice too!  I made two batches– one with and one without the licorice.  I loved both varieties (and it gave me an excuse to eat TWO cookies instead of one!)

Lemonade cookies!

Here’s how to make them:  (printer- friendly recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 packet (0.23oz.) Kool Aid Lemonade
  • Yellow food coloring gel 
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of chopped Twizzler Strawberry Licorice. (I just chopped them into chocolate chip-size bits using a sharp knife)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees
  • Using a mixer, beat together butter and sugar until smooth and creamy.
  • Add egg and vanilla extract and mix until combined.
  • Add Lemonade powder and coloring gel (if needed) to create a nice yellow color. Mix well.
  • Blend in the dry ingredients, using clean hands to knead the dough together at the end.
  • Add chopped strawberry licorice bits at the very end and blend well (this step can be skipped if you aren’t feeling wild and crazy– you’ll just have yummy lemonade cookies!)
  • Roll rounded tablespoons of dough into balls and place on baking sheets that have been covered in parchment paper.
  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies are set. 
  • Slide parchment paper (with the cookies still on top) onto a cool counter and allow cookies to cool right on paper.

lemonade cookies!


My thoughts:  With or without the strawberry bits, these are great cookies.  I think they balance perfectly between sweet and tart. I was surprised at how many people loved the idea of putting licorice bits into cookies. I think they would be great with a strawberry or raspberry icing on top.  Yum….!  Enjoy!

Enjoying his cookies-- thanks for the recipe idea Zeo!

Enjoying his cookies– thanks for the recipe idea Zeo!

 Lemonade cookies with licorice

 

 

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