“Wow” Your BBQ Guests With My Stars N’ Stripes Vanilla Sugar Cookies!
I love summer and I especially love eating and gathering outside. The little girls have been preparing for the 4th of July for about a month now, fireworks, t-shirts, and red, white, and blue candies of all kinds scattered throughout the house. Some of our favorite times as a family is just heading outdoors and grilling up an awesome meal, accompanied by incredible desserts to gobble up.
And yes, even the hounds appreciate a fun treat outside from time to time…
It’s fun to kinda “over-do” the cuteness at a picnic. I adore mason jars, paper straws, and cake plates (like nobody’s business). And it’s no surprise that I freak out over a super cute and tasty dessert. Which brings me to these Stars N’ Stripes Vanilla Sugar Cookies. These cookies are my classic, non-spreading, rolled cookie dough. Now, bare with me through these next couple of posts because the cookie dough recipes are pretty much the same, except for the extracts and cookie sandwich fillings. There’s just too much versatility and creativity to these cookies to just keep all to myself 🙂
I swear these are my go-to, simple, cutest, eye catching dessert recipe to bring to a family shin-dig. Easy to make and easy to “glam” up.
Stars N’ Stripes Vanilla Sugar Cookies are adorably adorned in Satin Ice fondant. Satin Ice fondant tastes so similar to a marshmallow, it’s amazing! Not only does it taste good, but it is also very easy to work with…especially for the beginning home bakers. If you have a local cake supply store (google will be your friend for that) head on over and pick up your red, white, and blue Satin Ice fondant buckets for this fun, Americana cookie. If not, you can go to Satin Ice’s website and order some for yourself, they have tons of colors and sizes to chose from 🙂
I will never claim to be a fondant expert, but I know what works for me and what I consider to be cute. I think the fondant techniques, I will be sharing with you the next few months, are simple and a great starting point to learn how to work with fondant. I mean heck…how cute are those chunky fingers on that striped cookie??!!
On a side note, when working with fondant or watching a baking tv show and you are absolutely intrigued by the fondant or sugar work and want to learn so much more…you can! I know y’all have seen me post before on this incredible 3 day convention/workshop, but I just don’t want ya to miss out on this amazing opportunity to expand your dessert decorating knowledge. This 3 day convention is called The Americas Cake And Sugarcraft Fair and it will take place in Orlando, Florida September 18-20th. The Americas Cake And Sugarcraft Fair is a family friendly, amateur, and professional learning event. The days are filled with fun workshops, learning sessions, kid zones, and HUGE pastry chef names…including “THE CAKE BOSS” Buddy Valastro, Ron Ben-Israel, Mich Turner, and Roland Mesnier. So if you are looking for a fun, long-weekend getaway, plan to head to Orlando, Florida September 18-20th for gorgeous weather, beautiful cake techniques and to expand your sugarcraft game.
As always, I want you to bring your loved ones into the kitchen with you, get them baking and make memories happen! I am fortunate enough to have 4 daughters who LOVE to bake and these star cookies quickly became a zoo 🙂
Let’s start baking…
Stars N’ Stripes Vanilla Sugar Cookies
Yields: depending on the size cutters you use 12-24 cookies
1 cup of unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
4 cups all purpose flour
Red, blue, and white fondant
Optional: blue food gel and red food gel (if you would like to make the base of some of the cookies red and blue)
3″ star cookie cutter
Silicone mat (optional, you can use parchment or your countertop with some powdered sugar sprinkled on it)
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Beat butter until smooth.
2. Add in sugar and mix well.
3. Stir in eggs, one at a time.
4. Then baking soda and salt.
5. Followed by the vanilla extract.
6. Add in flour, one cup at a time. Dough will become thick.
7. I left some of my cookie dough white and colored some of the dough with blue and red food gel. Take a bit of colored gel and beat it into the cookie dough to achieve the color desired. For more info. head to my previous post Patriotic Swirl Buttercream Cookie Sandwiches.
8. Take a piece of large parchment paper (about the size of a cookie sheet) and place it on the counter in front of you. Roll the cookie dough to 1/6″ of an inch thick. I like to make these star cookies thin and crunchy. Like I’ve said on previous posts, these cookies only require refrigerating before using cookie cutters IF you have an intricate design. A star is pretty simple so go right ahead and start cutting.
9. Lay the cookies about 1.5″ apart on the cookie sheet. Bake 400 degrees 3-4 minutes. They don’t take long at all. And you don’t want to see the brown on the edges. So as soon as the don’t look shiny and wet, pull them out of the oven.
10. Allow the cookies to cool at least 5-10 minutes before moving from sheet pan so they will stay together. Move to a cooling rack.
11. Continue rerolling and rolling additional cookie dough until you have the amount desired. If you have cookie dough left over, place it in a ziplock bag and freeze for later use 🙂
Decorating the stars with Satin Ice fondant:
1. Take a golf ball size piece of red, white, and blue fondant out of the buckets.
2. Working on a silicone mat or sprinkle powdered sugar on your clean counter top or table, knead the fondant until warm, soft and stretchy (consistency similar to chewed bubble gum).
3. Break off small, nickel size piece of white fondant and roll into a long, skinny “snake”.
4. Do this a bunch, make a lot, use the whole ball of fondant.
5. Move on to the other colors. Making the same number of thin, long, “snakes” for each.
6. After you have rolled out all of your fondant “snakes”, start placing them side by side in the American flag color order….red, white, blue, red, white, blue, etc…
7. Make sure you try to line them up straight and have them touching each other.
8. Take your rolling pin and start in the center and gently push down on all of the “snakes” and rolling upwards to flatten them.
9. Continue to roll out the “snakes” which will make them stick together. Roll out the fondant about 1/4-1/6 of an inch thick.
10. Take the same star cookie cutter you used for the cookie dough and cut out star shapes from the rolled fondant.
11. Use the pizza cutter to help lift a star off your work surface so the shape won’t stretch out.
12. Dip your finger in a bit of water (please not a lot) and dab water on the back side of the fondant that will touch the cookie.
13. Place the fondant striped star on the cookie and gently rub down.
14. Continue working until all the star cookies are covered in your striped fondant.
15. If you would like to take all of the scraps and just make a fondant mound and roll your pin over them…do it! You will make American flag camouflage design 🙂
16. Allow these cookies to sit out for fondant to harden. Don’t stack them until fondant has hardened otherwise you will get divots and dents.
Hope ya love my Stars N’ Stripes Cookies!!!