4th Of July Cookies



4th Of July Cookies
Serves: 4-5 dozen
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 ¾ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Red food coloring
  • Blue food coloring
  1. Preheat oven @ 350 degrees.
  2. Mix butter till creamy. Gradually add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, milk, and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add to creamed mixture. Use food coloring paste to tint one third of the dough red and another third blue, kneading the dough to evenly distribute the color. Leave the last third untinted. Chill for ease in handling (about 1 hr).
  3. Roll out cookie dough on lightly floured surface to ⅛” thickness. Cut out a bunch of larger stars. With a medium-size cutter, cut a star from the center of each large star. Now use the medium stars to fill in the centers of contrasting larger stars lightly pressing them in place. Press the medium stars into the larger stars' centers. Using a third, smaller cutter, you can even create tricolored stars.
  4. Bake for 8 - 10 minutes.

Aloha Chill’R

When you have a kid with a summer birthday, you are always looking for a way to keep salads cool (or at least I am).  I think I have found the perfect thing!  It’s called an Aloha Chill’R.  The Aloha Chill’R is the perfect practical, durable, and elegant serving dish for anything you need to keep cool.  It is made with one of the highest grade of acrylic available and is scratched resistant it.  Best of all, it is dishwasher safe.

I recently got to try out the Aloha Big Chiller.  It consists of 3 compartments:  the bottom pan that holds the ice, the inner compartment, and a dome covers that keeps the flies & bugs out.

This is super easy to use.  You just add ice to the lower compartment:

Once you’ve added the ice (and if it’s hot outside, add a lot more than I did in that picture), you can use the next container and add your salad, dip, etc.

Now, here’s the cool part.  The section you have the salad in, you can keep in the fridge till you need it and add it to the bottom when you put it out for your party!  Here’s what it looks like when finished:

Now, you don’t have to worry about your mayo based salads.  I’m amazed at how much this holds.  I made a tuna salad that normally feeds everybody at our family parties.  I could make a double batch, and it would still fit!  I love how sleek it looks, and it its way better looking than sticking your bowls into bigger bowls filled with ice.  The Aloha Chill’R comes in various sizes too.

I love my Aloha Chill’R.  I can only recommend you get one for your next party!

Tip Of The Day

Three Serrated Knives

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Using a serrated knife to cut the dough helps cookies retain a round shape.  Chill dough if it becomes too soft.

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