It’s almost the 4th of July! Which means red, white, and blue clothes, fireworks, hotdogs, hamburgers, and cold beer.
I’m a big fan. But who isn’t? There is this place near Fort Riley that apparently has AMAZING 4th of July fireworks. Like…unreal amazing. Several of Seth’s coworkers said that they’ve lived in a lot of different places and seen a lot of different firework shows but none have compared to this.
So naturally I’m pretty pumped. We are, of course, going to head to Walmart and purchase as many cheap and tacky flag clothing items that we can find.
So about these cookies….
This entire recipe was a strug fest (don’t worry – it ended up being worth it).
As you can probably see by the lack of dessert recipes on this blog, I am NOT a baker. I don’t really enjoy baking, I know pretty much nothing about it (I always go for the box mixes…confession), and I’m not really a HUGE dessert person. I enjoy dessert but I would much rather cook and eat savory food. The exception to that ramble are these gluten free brownies….which I am still obsessed with.
But I couldn’t get the idea of these little fruit pizzas out of my mind.
My grandma used to make a BANGIN’ fruit pizza that I can still taste when I think about. So I really wanted to make these cute little mini flag fruit pizzas for the 4th of July.
First of all, I wanted to buy pre-made sugar cookie dough because…like I said – baking + me = nope.
But I could find no such pre-made sugar cookie dough. So I had two choices: go to a second grocery store and try and find some or just make my own. Most people have all the ingredients they need for sugar cookies in their pantry and fridge, so I decided to just suck it up and make my own.
Second strug…rolling out the dough. The first time around, I didn’t refrigerate the dough or flour my counter enough, so when I rolled it out and cut the little squares, they stuck to the counter like super glue. Supa SUPA sticky.
But here is the silver lining – the rest was super easy. The icing is a cinch, and then from there you just have to put the pieces of fruit into little lines to semi-resemble a flag.
Yay 4th of July!
Well the good thing for you is that I figured out the easiest and most foolproof way to do this so any other non-bakers out there won’t experience the strug fest I went through last week.
Soooo #1 – You can use any sugar cookie recipe you want for this. It really doesn’t matter. You can even use store bought dough (which I definitely tried to do…so no judgement here).
#2 – Once you make your dough, flatten it out into a big hockey puck shape, wrap in saran wrap, and let that baby sit in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
#3 – Flour your counter top and your rolling pin, throw your hockey-puck-sugar-cookie-dough down, and start rolling out. Start from the center and roll out to the edges (you will need to re-flour your rolling pin pretty often). After you have rolled several times, use a spatula to lift up parts of the dough and sprinkle more flour underneath so it’s not sticking. You should be able to slide it around on the counter. You may need to repeat this step a few times throughout the rolling process. This was the big game changer for me – life was easy after this.
#4 – Since I never bake, I have very few baking tools – like cookie cutters for example. So I just used a small rectangular Tupperware. Anything that is rectangular and semi-small (since these are individual pizzas, after all) will work!
Hey. FYI. If you put them this close together they will expand and all be touching each other by the time they are done. That wasn’t a big deal for me because I was still able to lift them out easily in individual pieces rather than one massive slab. But just a warning – if you don’t want that to happen then place them further apart and just bake them in batches.
As you can see, my corners were rounded because of the Tupperware I used, so I used a pizza slicer to form them into neater rectangles.
After this you are in the clear. The frosting is easy. The decorating is easy. And the eating is REALLY easy.
Cute wittle flags.
We left one on the counter and Boone ate it…sigh…he couldn’t resist. He just wanted to be patriotic.
Happy almost 4th of July! I want to know what you guys are doing. What are your fun plans?
- For the cookies:
- 2¾ cups flour (plus more for sprinkling on counter and rolling pin)
- 1½ cups white sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- For the frosting:
- 1¼ cup cream cheese (1 12oz tub)
- ½ cup sour cream
- ¾ cup powdered sugar
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 small container strawberries (about 15 or so)
- 1 small container blueberries
- For the cookies, mix all the dry ingredients except the sugar in a large bowl
- Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, cream together the softened butter and sugar
- Beat in the egg and vanilla
- Gradually mix in the dry ingredients
- Form dough into a hockey puck shaped slab and wrap in saran wrap
- Place in the fridge for 30 minutes
- Meanwhile, make your frosting and prep your fruit
- Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, combine the cream cheese, sour cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla until completely combined. Set aside.
- Dice your strawberries and set aside
- When the 30 minutes have passed, preheat your oven to 375 degrees
- Take your dough out of the fridge and flour your counter top where you will be rolling out the dough
- Flour your rolling pin (you may need to re-flour the rolling pin often throughout this process)
- Place the dough on the floured surface and roll, starting from the center and going outward
- After several rolls, lift sections of the dough up with a spatula and sprinkle more flour under them
- You may need to repeat this step a few times throughout the process - the dough should be able to slide across the counter
- Once your dough is about ¼ inch thick, cut into rectangles using a cookie cutter, any other rectangular object, or a knife
- Place a sheet of parchment paper on top of a baking sheet, and place the cookies on top of the paper
- Bake for about 8-10 minutes, or until the cookies are slightly golden brown
- Let them cool for a few minutes
- Frost with a few large dollops of frosting per cookie and decorate with the blueberries and strawberries so the cookies look like flags
I used this recipe for my sugar cookies, but you can use ANY sugar cookie recipe you want (or you can use pre-made).
If you make this or any of my other recipes, be sure to Instagram it and hashtag #thegarlicdiaries!
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