Saturday, June 27, 2009

Firecracker Cookies

firecracker cookies

These innocent looking sandwich cookies come with an explosive surprise - Pop Rocks hidden in the center!

I used to make these for my daughter when she was little for the Fourth of July. I'm betting once she sees this post, she'll be willing to take them off my hands again!

Here's the recipe:

2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup shortening (I use butter)
1 egg
1 Tbsp milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
food coloring
Pop Rocks, and/or crushed Red Hots/ Atomic Fireballs
Twizzlers for the fuses

In a bowl combine flour, powder, and salt.

In your mixer bowl, beat the sugar and shortening until it's fluffy. Add the egg, milk & vanilla and beat well. Add the flour mixture, beating until well combined. Add the red food coloring.

Stick it in the refrigerator and chill for an hour or so.

Roll the cookie dough fairly thin on confectioner's sugar, NOT flour. It's a sandwich cookie so you don't want it too thick. A little thicker than a pie crust is about right.

cookie cutterCut out your cookies, place on a cookie sheet that's been sprayed with PAM. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 6 - 10 minutes, or, just as they start to brown around the edges. They bake quick! So keep an eye on them.

Cool on wire racks. Store in airtight containers until you're ready to put them together. They don't really last well, once you add the Pop Rocks; the Pop Rocks will pick up the moisture after a bit and get soggy.

I'd like to give you a recipe for the frosting, but really all I do is just beat a softened stick of butter with a box of confectioner's sugar, a tablespoon or two of milk, and a wee bit of vanilla. Beat it until it's the consistency that you want.

Outline the cookies with frosting, and sprinkle the candies in the center. Don't overfill, or the top cookie won't stick. Put another cookie on top, smoosh down a little, and then turn it on it's side and "caulk in" more frosting to help seal it.

Decorate the tops with more frosting however you like, plate them. I'd suggest not telling folks about the Pop Rocks; let it be a surprise!

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