Our upcoming holiday demands a special treat, right? And nothing is more attractive to an American than red, white and blue food around July 4th.
So today I give you a cookie worthy of our independence, a cookie worth fighting for, a cookie to remember. It’s simple, not cloying, but just sweet enough to remind you of your blessings.
Every day with sprinkles is automatically a better day.
I found this recipe on the fun food blog Karen’s Kitchen Stories . Karen is an HR professional and college teacher by day, and passionate bread baker and blogger by night. Her two grandsons ensure she never has a “sprinkle emergency,” although one of them has been known to drink them from the container. Ha! That’s my kinda kid!
But she specializes in homemade breads, and has so many incredible varieties it would be impossible to pick even a mere 5 to start with. She specializes in cocktails, too. Perhaps we should toast with The Classic Cocktail  (which includes maraschino liqueur, which I happen to have!), or maybe a Watermelon Rum Cocktail  (that would be pretty festive for July 4th, eh?). And she has a plethora of Asian-inspired recipes that she calls Wok Wednesdays. You’ll never get tired of browsing her blog.
I was assigned her blog as part of Secret Recipe Club , a sort of secret-Santa project for food bloggers. We are to quietly explore and cook for a month from this secret blog, and today is our reveal day of the recipe we have chosen to present.
Thanks, Karen, for a delicious month of reading and cooking.
Note on the cute straws
See the straws in the photos? I got them from Restaurantware.com , a wonderful resource for a variety of serving ware that can spice up your family table. They have a new emphasis on sustainable, eco-friendly tableware, ranging from paper goods like straws or decorated paper bags to bamboo plates and little cones and “boats” that look cute for salad. The Sustainable Red Paper Straw Spirals  come 100 to a box, for $9.99; the other straw you see is a Sustainable Craft Brown and Red Paper Straw , also 100 to a box, for $9.99. Somehow, it’s just more fun to drink milk or a smoothie using a colored paper straw, isn’t it? You could color coordinate straws for school or team colors, for your kid’s favorite colors for a birthday party, or for a holiday, such as red, white and blue for July 4 or pastels for Easter. Have fun with them!
Meanwhile, browse the photo array below to see what else the Secret Recipe Club cooked up this month.
Disclosure: Restaurantware.com sent the straws and compensation for discussion in this post.