Thursday, July 3, 2014

Recipe of the Week: 4th of July Sweets!

Happy 4th of July!

We will be celebrating at my Mom and Kenny's tomorrow....a lovely BBQ and patriotic celebration.  I am in charge of the deviled eggs and Brian is making his delicious baked beans.  Here are a couple of 4th of July desserts that I came across.  Perhaps I'll make one.


Red White and Blue Cookies
Betty Crocker


1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 egg
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons red colored sugars
2 tablespoons blue colored sugars


Beat sugar, butter, almond extract and egg in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes.  Stir in flour.

Divide the dough in half; cover and set aside.  Place remaining half on waxed paper; press into 8 inch square.  Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon each of the red and blue sugars.

Using the wax paper to lift, roll up the dough.  Repeat with the remaining dough and colored sugars.  Wrap roll in plastic wrap and refrigerate about 1 hour until firm.

Heat oven to 375F.  Cut rolls in to 1/4 inch slices.  Place about 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet (I like to bake on parchment paper)

Bake 6-8 minutes or until edges begin to brown.  Cool 1 minute; remover from cookie sheet to cool on a wire rack

Triple Berry Brownie
Betty Crocker


1 box fudge brownie mix
1 package (8oz) cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 1/3 cups halved fresh strawberries
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup fresh raspberries


Make brownies according to package direction; cool completely (this recipe call for the brownies to be cooked in a shallow pizza pan).

In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer on high speed until smooth and creamy.  Fold in whipped topping, spread over brownie.  Arrange berries over cream cheese mixture.  Refrigerate 1 hour.  Store in refrigerator