I wanted to bake something red, white, and blue for the holiday. I’ve seen a lot of cupcake ideas out there, but I don’t have any cake mix in the house. It is a day where I do not want to drag both kids out in the heat for a box of mix. I do have peanutbutter baking chips in the freezer (I always buy extra when on a great sale and freeze them) Then I found white chocolate chips in the pantry (they were for an experiment in chocolate covered pretzels that never happened).

I adapted the Toll House recipe for chocolate chip cookies. I leave out the nuts, and in this case used shortening instead of margarine. I have it on a card for those instances that it’s not on the package.

4th of July Cookies

Mix
1 cup of margarine  (I used shortening..was out of margarine)
3/4 cups sugar
3/4 cups packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Beat in 2 eggs
Add

2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

Mix well and stir in 12 oz. bag of chocolate chips. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes.

Once the dough was made I separated it into two parts and using some handy dandy food coloring made red and blue.

It took about 20 drops of red.Red is a very tough color with food coloring. If you have icing coloring (in jars..a thick gel I would use that)

The blue dough I used about 25 drops of coloring. The dough has a yellowish tint from the eggs to start so the blue with that wants to go a little green.

When it was time to bake I used my dough scooper and took a bit from each bowl and put them on the cookie sheet.

Bake as directed let set for a minute (just to firm up) and then put on cooling rack (best thing ever to have if you are a baker)

I love these cookies! For one the white chocolate chips add a nice richness to them. The substitution of the shortening makes them a little crisper, which I like myself.

They may not be super vibrant red and blue, but I think they get the message across. They do want to go a touch green which my 8 year old noticed, but he also knew they were red, white and blue for 4th of July. I think the exposure the heat caused the greenish tint to appear. If I baked the cookies a minute or two less you didn’t see it as much. Pancakes do that when I’ve tried to dye them also, but it’s fun and kids will like the unusual looking cookies.

My daughter said they were pretty and called them rainbow cookies before brother explained what they really were. My 8 year old knew they were red, white, and blue, but he also noticed the green. Both kids were eager to try them and got they got their seal of approval!

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