Recipe: Firecracker Sugar Cookies

Watch the sky this July Fourth with this dessert and you not only see the fireworks, you will be able to taste them your mouth. These sugar cookies have the familiar taste of sugary sweetness with the added bonus of the classic popping sensation of Pop Rocks.


Sugar Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups shortening
1/2 cup nondairy creamer
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 package (32 oz) confectioner's sugar
1/2 to 3/4 cup water
1 packet Strawberry Pop Rocks
1 packet Blue Razz Pop Rocks


1) Preheat oven at 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, beat the shortening, creamer and extract. Gradually beat in the confectioner's sugar. Add enough water until frosting reaches desired consistency. Set aside, if making day before bring to room temperature before spreading.

2) In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, vanilla, and almond extract.

3) Combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Or you can skip all of this and just buy some pre-made sugar cookie dough, depends on your preference.

Wrapping cookie dough in parchment paper allows you to have a homemade cookie any time you want and allows for even cookies. Shape dough into logs, and then wrap in parchment paper. To prevent flattening on one side, place each log inside an empty cardboard tube from a paper towel roll.

4) Place teaspoonfuls or 1/4 inch slices 2 inches apart onto a ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, allow 2 to 3 extra minutes if using frozen dough, or until light brown. Remove and place on wire racks to cool.

5) Once cookies are cool, spread the desired amount of frosting over top. Sprinkle red and blue Pop Rocks over top or dip cookie into Pop Rocks. Play with it and have fun decorating.

( Image: KalynKitchen )

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06.28.13  2:00PM    BRIGID


Categories: dessert, sweets, baking, cookie, Fourth of July, summer

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