Cookies are the perfect treat for any occasion. These Patriotic Shortbread Cookies are the simplest way to satisfy guests at your 4th of July party or to just share with your family. Be sure to read through the whole blog for a couple of extra 4th of July DIYs!
Here are the ingredients you will need for the cookies:
- 1 cup butter (room temperature)
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tsp vanilla
For the decorating:
- white chocolate chips
- red and blue food coloring
First, I placed the butter into my stand-up mixer and beat it until it was smooth. I then added the powdered sugar and beat the mixture until everything was combined and scraped down the sides of the bowl.
Next, I added the flour in two parts, mixing in between, and I added the vanilla. I mixed the dough until it was just combined, and scraped down the sides of the bowl.
I then sprinkled flour onto a clean counter and placed all of the dough onto it. I split the dough into two halves and flattened each one out into circles. Next, I wrapped the dough in plastic and placed it into the fridge for an hour or two to chill.
To form the cookies, I floured my table and rolling pin and rolled the dough to about 1/8 inch thick. I then used a circle cookie cutter to cut out the cookies and placed them on a parchment lined pan. You can re-roll your cookie dough, but I wouldn’t recommend rolling more than 3 times or your cookies will not hold their shape. I baked the cookie in a 360° oven for about 13-15 minutes, or until they became golden brown around the edges. Let them cool completely on the pan.
If you just wanted to make yummy cookies, you are done, but here is how I decorated my cookies for the 4th of July! First, I separated my white chocolate chips into three bowl and colored one red and another one blue. I microwaved the chocolate in 30 second increments, mixing in between until it was melted and smooth. I then dipped each cookie into the different colors of chocolate and placed them onto some parchment paper.
Once I dipped all of my cookie, I placed the excess chocolate into small zip-loc bags and cut the tips. Next, I drizzled chocolate onto all of the cookies, making sure each one had red, white, and blue on it. To make sure the chocolate set completely, I placed the cookies into the fridge for at least 20 minutes.
Finally, I took the cookies off of the parchment paper, and broke off any excess chocolate. They are now officially 4th of July ready!
This easy accent nail is sure to impress. Have fun with your nails this 4th of July!
First I painted all of my nails blue. I am just making an accent nail, but you could do a couple or even all of your nails like this. I placed a piece of cake diagonally onto my nail, painted it white, and quickly peeled off the tape.
Next, I poured out a little bit of white nail polish onto a note card. I dipped a toothpick into the polish, and carefully placed rows of small dots onto the blue portion of my nail. To seal this part in and to make the next step easier, I applied a coat of quick drying top coat, and let it dry completely.
Once my nail was dry, I placed a piece of tape over the blue portion to keep it clean, and I placed some striping tape on the white portion. I painted my nail red and quickly peeled off the tape. Finally, I applied a coat of top coat to seal off my design.
For a great healthy start to your 4th of July, this simple acai bowl is the perfect treat! Here is what you will need:
- 1 packet of frozen acai
- frozen fruit of your choice (I used pineapple and blueberries)
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/3 cup fresh orange juice (or any liquid)
- red, white, and blue fruit (I used strawberries, blueberries, and banana)
First, I placed the acai, frozen fruit, and chia seeds into my blender. I blended the mixture until it was smooth. Finally, I poured the mixture into a bowl, and topped it off with some fresh fruit.