Monday, July 4, 2011

THIS WEEKS CRAVINGS Linky Party #36 (Red, White & Blue) and Sugar Cookie Bars

The Theme is: Red, White & Blue
(Please share with us your festive recipes for 4th of July!)
My block has an annual 4th of July Block Party every year! Here is a scrapbook page from last year. It's an amazing day for the kids and adults too. The street is blocked off, the kids can run their bikes up and down the middle of the street with no worries. Everyone hosts their own party within the block party at their respective houses, and then there is stations at each house with cotton candy, watermelon eating contest, hula hoop, dunk tank and much more. But, at the end of the day we all gather in the middle of the street to watch the fireworks go off. This block party is actually the longest running block party in our city and a few years ago, the mayor of our city even visited our party (and we live in a very large city, so it was quite an honor). It was fun for the kids and we even got written up in the newspaper. The block party has been going on for like 20-something years, WOW! It's so fun to be a part of this spectacular event.

Today, I am sharing a delicious recipe that I made over a year ago way before I started my blog. It was just one of those recipes I made, took a quick snap shot of and everyone LOVED (there was no photo shot for this cookie)! Everyone, more then loved it and I knew it was a hit when it went very quickly! I of course decorated it with Red, White & Blue for our 4th of July Block party. The thing is that it was one of those recipes that looked great photographed and I used it for the top of my blog, in the heading. Little did I know people have been searching for it all this time! I am SO sorry to have made you wait almost a year for the recipe, but if it's any consolation it's totally worth it! And actually these would be absolutely perfect for Christmas, a Birthday Party, a Sports Team Celebration or a Baby Shower! So, don't wait like I did to make them ONLY for 4th of July, change the colors up and make them right away for whatever you may be celebrating next!

Sugar Cookie Bars

1 cup butter; room temperature
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
5 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each egg. Add vanilla & mix well. In a separate bowl combine flour, salt & soda & stir with a whisk to combine. Add to wet mixture and mix just until combined. Spread on a greased baking sheet (use a 13 x 18 pan).

Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 min, until light golden brown or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely and frost.

Sugar Cookie Frosting
1/2 cup butter; room temperature
1/2 cup shortening
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
4 cups powdered sugar
5 tbsp milk
food coloring (if desired)

Combine butter and shortening until smooth and creamy. Add vanilla and salt. Add powdered sugar in 1-2 cup increments until combined, then add milk & mix until smooth and spreading consistency. Spread over cooled cookie.

A LIST OF "FOOD" LINKY PARTIES: It's MONDAY already! Let's do this bloggers... it's a fresh start to a NEW week! I can't wait to mix and mingle with all of you and see what has been cooking in your kitchens!

Here is a complete list of the past weeks and a list of what's coming up on This Week's Cravings!
If you are a regular link-up we're excited to see what you made! If you are new please read & follow the simple rules, so everyone can enjoy the linky party! If you forget to follow the theme, link back or add a button IN YOUR post you will receive a gentle reminder. THANKS A MILLION!

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This Week's Cravings Past & Future Recipe Links

June 27 - Picinc Recipes

July 4 - Red, White & Blue Recipes

July 11 - Blueberries

July 18 - We all scream for ICE CREAM!

July 25 - Strawberries

This is a BLOG HOP Party hosted by MOMS CRAZY COOKING, From My Tiny Kitchen and Delightful Country Cookin'  stop on by and say HELLO to the other hosts!

The LINKY PARTY is opened ALL Week!
(from Monday to the following Monday at Midnight)!

Please only link recipes with our theme!
This week's theme is: RED, WHITE & BLUE Recipes


  1. Good Morning Tina,
    I linked up my Italian Cookies. Thanks for hosting! Have a great 4th!

  2. Happy 4th of July to you and yours! Thanks for hosting! I have linked up my 4th of July cupcakes!

  3. Thank you for hosting! Have a great holiday!

  4. Happy 4th! Hope you had a good one!


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