Saturday, August 3, 2013

National Watermelon Day

     Today, is another fun and crazy we celebrate the WATERMELON.  I personally, don't really care for the pink fruit, but that doesn't stop me from celebrating the holiday! Actually, no one in my family like it, so instead, I decided to make some fun Watermelon inspire cookies that I found a great recipe from Six Sister's Stuff.

3/4 cup butter (softened)
3/4 sugar
1 egg (room temperature)
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour (sifted)
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
red and green food coloring
1/3 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips

How to make them:
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add eggs and vanilla, mix till combined.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
Add flour mixture into butter mixture.
Set aside 1 cup of dough.
Tint remaining dough red and shape into a 3 1/2 inch long roll.
Wrap in plastic wrap and put in the freezer to set up.
With the 1 cup of dough that is set aside, tint 1/3 of it green and wrap it in plastic wrap and put in the fridge until firm.
The 2/3 of the remaining dough will be left its natural color and wrap it in plastic wrap and put in the fridge until firm.
On a lightly floured surface, roll the plain dough into a rectangle that is about 3 1/2 inches by 8 inches.
Unwrap the chilled red dough and roll it up into the plain dough, making sure to wrap it snuggly.
Roll it around the counter to seal the two layers together well.
Wrap back up and freeze until firm.
On a lightly floured surface, roll the green dough into a 3 1/2 inch by 9 inch rectangle.
Roll the chilled dough up snuggly in the green dough.
Roll to seal the layers together.
Wrap up in plastic wrap and chill in freezer until firm.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Unwrap dough and cut into slices just under 1/4 inch.
Place on parchment lined cookie sheet.
Lightly press mini chocolate chips into the red part of each cookie slice.
Bake 9-11 minutes or until firm.
After taking them out of the oven, immediately cute cookies in half while hot.
I used the edge of a spatula for a nice even cut just pushing down.
Let cool on rack and Enjoy!

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