Scroll down for a complete Fourth of July Menu with recipes and a shopping list.... Whiz! Bang! Boom! and Happy Fourth Of July. I wish my older sister/writer Leslie was here with me. She's the best companion for a neighborhood fireworks show because she renames every pyrotechnic after it begins to explode. Red Devil should hire her since she really does a much better job than they do. "Peach Cobbler Crisp and Crackle" and "Fizzy Grape Soda Explosion" are really so much more descriptive than "Mini Fountain" or "Butterflies and Flowers." Or maybe I just like her names because they all have to do with food. Food..my favorite. Enjoy your food, along with freedoms, friends, family, and firecrackers tonight.Here's a fun and super delicious cookie recipe that's just perfect for any holiday. (Vary the M and M colors to adapt.) Have a safe and happy holiday- and give the fireworks rename a go! M and M cookies
Estimated Cost:$4.50 for four dozen
Notes: The secret to pretty M and M cookies is to press in extra M and Ms AFTER the cookies have baked. The colors will stay true and vibrant.1 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar (I prefer dark, but light works well also.)
1 scant cup sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon each salt, baking powder, and baking soda
3 cups flour (I used all whole wheat)
1 (11 ounce) bag M and Ms, divided
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine butter and sugars. When creamy, add in eggs and vanilla. Sprinkle salt, powder, and soda over the top. Add flour, 1 cup at a time, mixing until well blended. Stir in HALF of the M and Ms. Shape dough into 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until puffed and just beginning to brown on the edges. Remove from oven. IMMEDIATELY press a few M and Ms into each cookie, tucking them into the dough a bit so that they will stick.
I never found Patriotic M and Ms this year. It seems that Indiana Jones M and Ms wedged them out. I had to pick and sort, so now I've got a baggie full of orange, yellow, green and brown.
Coming This Weekend:
Extreme Leftover Bonus: Peach and Barbecue Chicken Cobb Salad