The Quacker FactoryKeymasterJune 27, 2014 at 8:12 pmPost count: 255
Be a ‘Quacker Doodle Dandy! Show your true colors with an Americana Cookie Celebration
Create some fireworks at your July picnics and parties with Red White-& Blue cookies that taste as good as they look!
These were made by Nancy Furr, Jeanne’s good friend since they met in 5th grade in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
Nancy’s mother was a professional pastry chef at the Postilion, a renowned French restaurant. Jeanne loved it when Nancy’s mother sent cookies to school for holidays.
Nancy inherited her love for baking, and still practices what she learned from her mother–adding her own creativity.
Here are her tips for making Americana cookies!
1)- Start with your favorite sugar cookie recipe. (Suggestion: Or use below Diane’s recipe from the Cape May Sea Shell Sugar Cookies.)
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt
Beat butter & sugar until fluffy
Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract
Slowly add dry mixture from bowl #1
Chill dough in fridge for 1 hour
Spread a dusting of flour both on the rolling surface and the rolling pin
Roll out to ¼” thickness
Cut out cookies with a 2 ½” circle cookie cutter
Line cookie trays with parchment paper
Refrigerate tray of unbaked cookies for 10 minutes
Bake @ 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes, edges should be slightly brown
Let cool completely
2)- Then use your favorite butter cream-frosting recipe. (Or, you can use Diane’s Royal Frosting recipe that she used for the Cape May cookies.)
2 large egg whites
2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
3 cups of confectioner’s sugar (sifted)
Useful tools – piping bag for outlining, small spoon/toothpicks/paintbrushes for flooding
*Whisk together the egg whites and lemon juice
*Transfer to mixer
*Gradually add confectioner’s sugar
*keep thin for “flooding”
*Use same ingredients with more sugar added for
3)- Start with a border of coarse sugar sprinkles around the edges. Nancy starts with blue, but you can start with red. Then add a wider band of red-white-blue nonpareils. You’ll find these at Williams-Sonoma stores, and probably at any store than sells baking supplies.
– For star-shaped sprinkles, check Williams Sonoma, too.
– The flag is an edible sugar paper! Nancy found them at http://www.kingarthurflour.com They have lots of creative and fun items for decorating cookies and cakes. (They have a great catalog that’s free.)
– You may want to do just a few flag cookies since the papers do cost a bit extra, but they add lots of attention to your plate.
4 – Another favorite source for fun decorating supplies is http://www.fancyflours.com. Check them out, and plan ahead for all your favorite holidays and occasions.
5 – Get some red, white & blue napkins and paper plates—add some ice cream (with more sprinkles on top!), and you’ve got a Quack-tacular Americana dessert!
6 – One last tip: Be sure to bake an extra-large batch—because everyone will want more than one!
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