First of all, being a Canadian I have to say that I was surprised and delightfully so that Callye of The Sweet Adventures of Sugar Belle invited me to participate in her July 4th celebration blog party. I am overwhelmed by all the creativity shown by all of the other participants in this (certain that you will be too) and very flattered to have been a part of it.
July 1st is my country’s birthday and being Canadian, we revel in the opportunity to embrace and showcase our national pride. Having said that, it has also been a tradition with my husband Ron and I to enjoy the United States’ July 4th celebration put on by the Boston Pops. We have watched it every year since we were married and as long as it is televised, we will continue to do so. This year marks the 39th year of the Boston Pops Independence Day concert and fireworks spectacular! Once again, Ron and I will be among the seven million television viewers tuning in to enjoy the music, the crowds and all the wonderful pomp and pagentry of this occasion.
Having decided to accept Callye’s invitation to participate in her July 4th blog party I began wondering what I could make. We had to incorporate the use of a star cookie cutter and I thought on it for a few days before I decided that I had to make a cookie that would evoke what Americans hold near and dear to their hearts. Basically, their flag, their Declaration of Independence and everything both represent to American citizens. I started doing research into the history of the flags of the United States. Specifically, the flag that flew at the time the United States declared their Independence from Britain. Such was the inspiration for my cookie for this blog party. I took from the flag of 1776 which had thirteen stars and stripes representing the then 13 colonies that made us the U.S. at the time the Declaration of Independence was created enacted. I also was inspired by the second paragraph of that Declaration and eventually came up with the following cookie.
It is a big one. Measuring 16″ around and every inch of it is edible homemade sugar cookie!
Go on and visit all of the wonderful cookiers and their creations that are a part of Callye’s party. If you wish, come back later and see how I made this cookie. Whatever you do, know that for all of my American readers, I wish you a wonderful and safe celebration of your country’s 236th birthday!
- Strawberry Shortcake on a Stick, The Decorated Cookie
- Patriotic Lace Cookies , My Little Bakery
- Independence Day Parade Cookies, Jill FCS
- Old Fashioned 4th of July, Vicki’s Sweet Treats
- Light up the Fourth Cookies, The Partiologist
- Declaration of Independence Cookie, Vanilla Bean Baker
- Badge of Liberty Cookies, Lila Loa
- Red, White & Blue Star Cookie Towers, Bake at 350
- 4th of July Firecracker Cookies, Klickitat Street
- Star Cut-out Cookies, Glorious Treats
- Cookie Pledge – Lizy B Bakes
- Star-Shaped Krispie Treats, Cookies and Cups
- Easy Star Cupcake Toppers, Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
- Rustic 4th of July Galletes, Haniela’s
- Patriotic Cookie Wreath, Sweetopia
- Patriotic River Rafter, Ali-Bee’s Bake Shop
- Funny Fox Cookies, The Bearfoot Baker
- Quilted Cookie Stars, Cookie Crazie
- Gimme Your John Hancock Stars, Life’s a Batch
- Patriotic Cookie Stir Sticks, The Cookie Artisan
- Patriotic Floral Stars, SweetSugarBelle
THE MAKING OF THIS COOKIE
A 16″ CIRCLE WAS DRAWN ON A SHEET OF PARCHMENT PAPER TO USE AS A ROLLING GUIDE AND THEN REVERSED TO ROLL OUT THE COOKIE DOUGH
THIRTEEN COOKIE STARS WERE CUT
THIRTEEN PAPER STARS WERE PLACED AROUND THE 16″ ROUND OF COOKIE DOUGH
AS EACH PAPER STAR WAS REMOVED THE STAR CUTTER WAS USED TO CUT SPACES TO FIT THE COOKIE DOUGH STARS. ROLLED PIECES OF PARCHMENT PAPER WERE USED TO KEEP SOME STAR TIPS FROM JOINING TOGETHER DURING THE BAKING PROCESS
USING A YELLOW EDIBLE MARKER, LINES WERE DRAWN FOR THE THIRTEEN STRIPES. A PIECE OF PAPER FOR THE *DECLARATION* SECTION WAS CUT AND PLACED IN THE CENTER OF THE COOKIE AND OUTLINED WITH THE EDIBLE MARKER. THE STARS WERE OUTLINED WITH NAVY BLUE ROYAL ICING.
THE *DECLARATION* PAPER WAS PIPED AND FLOODED WITH TAN ROYAL ICING AND THE LINES FOR THE STRIPES WERE PIPED WITH RED ROYAL ICING
THE STARS WERE THEN FLOODED WITH NAVY BLUE ICING
THE STRIPES WERE FLOODED WITH RED ICING AND THE COOKIE LEFT TO DRY OVERNIGHT
TEXT FROM THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE IS WRITTEN ON THE *DOCUMENT* USING A BLACK EDIBLE MARKER.
THE WHITE STRIPES WHERE THEN FLOODED AND LEFT TO DRY COMPLETELY
CLEAR CORN SYRUP WAS BRUSHED AROUND THE EDGES OF THE STARS AND ALONG THE RED STRIPES. RED SANDING SUGAR WAS SPRINKLED ON THE RED STRIPES AND BLUE SANDING SUGAR ON THE STARS
THE COOKIE IS NOW READY TO JOIN IN ON THE JULY 4TH CELEBRATIONS!!