There are many special days in the US where we commemorate American heroes and citizens. Among these are Labor Day, Fourth of July, and 9/11. During this time of the pandemic, we also have our frontliners who are also heroes. Doctors, nurses, caregivers, and other healthcare workers who selflessly care for the sick even though they also sacrifice their health. Policemen, security officers, and even firemen who keep our towns and cities safe and in order. Why not make red, white, and blue home-baked cookies to commemorate the day and salute our heroes?
Red, White, and Blue Home-Baked Cookies Just For You!
I have a neighbor who works in the hospital as a nurse. She goes home every 2 weeks to risk infecting her family with the virus in case she contracted them. One time I got to talk to her and she shared how depressing it can be to see many sick people. Some of them only rely on video calls to speak with their family. Some even die alone. Most of the healthcare workers suffer from depression due to these conditions. On top of that, the loneliness of not being able to go home and be with family and the stressful conditions in the hospital.
That is why I decided to bake them some special treats. Last month, I made some sandwiches for a nearby hospital. Today, I decided to bake these red, white, and blue home-baked cookies to also commemorate 9/11. This is also my way of giving my appreciation to all those frontliners in the past and present.
My sons were eager to help out. They also want to taste-test the cookies, too, of course! My son mentioned that his former teacher also works in the hospital as a nurse and would like to bring some cookies to her. They even made a list of people or areas they know of where we could bring the cookies and cupcakes.
Hope you’ll enjoy these cookies and cupcakes as much as making them.
There are two parts to this blog. Check out the homemade cupcakes recipe on the next blog!
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Red, White, and Blue Home-Baked Cookies
For the cookie dough:
- 2 sticks softened butter
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
For the lemon-flavored glaze:
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 4 tbsp milk or half and half
- 1/4-1 tsp lemon extract
- red, white, and blue sprinkles
- Line your cookie pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a bowl, add the softened butter and stir with a spatula or wooden spoon until smooth. Add the vanilla and powdered sugar. Mix manually for 30 seconds until well-blended and fluffy.
- Gradually sprinkle flour and cornstarch and stir until well incorporated.
- Lightly flour a flat surface. When the dough is shaggy, transfer the dough on the floured surface and knead until smooth.
- Sprinkle flour on the surface again and roll the dough into a circle. Flatten with a rolling pin to a thickness of 3/8 inch. Make sure you lightly dust with flour.
- Cut with cookie cutters or form small balls and flatten them. Arrange on the lined cookie pan and refrigerate for an hour or more.
- Preheat oven to 350˚F.
- Bake the cookies for 12 to 16 minutes or until golden and the edges are slightly browned. You may rotate the cookies halfway through the baking process.
- As the cookies bake, prepare the glaze by mixing all the glaze ingredients in a bowl. The glaze should be thick but should also be poured easily. Add more milk or half and half if it is too thick. You may also adjust the lemon extract flavor as desired.
- Divide the glaze into 3 bowls. Add a drop of food coloring to each bowl and swirl gently with a toothpick. Avoid overmixing the glaze as it will lose its consistency.
- When the cookies are baked, let them cool in a cookie rack for 2 hours before glazing.
- When the cookies are cooled, dip each cookie into the desired cookie glaze color. Arrange on a cooling rack to cool and sprinkle red, white, and blue sprinkles.