Friday, June 18, 2010

Berry Raspberry Icebox Cookies

I know I say this frequently, but these are my new favorite cookies and not just because they’re red, white and blue! I love how each layer has a different flavor but go so well together.

And don’t they look like I slaved over them? No such thing happened. The dough went together in a few short minutes. Think old Rice Krispie Treat commercials where mom pats flour on her face before carrying out a tray of treats, sighing as if she’s spent all her energy baking. That’s exactly how these cookies are.

Of course being red, white and blue might just be my real favorite part.

Berry Raspberry Icebox Cookies Printer Version
The instructions look long, but it's just details in case you need them.

2/3 cup butter, nearly melted and cooled slightly
2 eggs
2 pouches (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix
Red food or icing dye
Blue food or icing dye
1 tablespoon raspberry Jell-O
1 tablespoon berry blue Jell-O

1. Line an 8x4-inch loaf pan with waxed paper, extending paper over sides of pan.

2. In a stand mixer beat butter and eggs together. Add the sugar cookie mixes and beat until just combined.

3. Divide the dough into three equal parts and place in bowls. Set one part aside.

4. Add raspberry Jell-O and red dye for color (You’ll need quite a bit or they’ll be pink) to one part. Knead with your hands in the bowl until the Jell-O is mixed in then pick the dough up and finished kneading folding the dough over with your hands until combined. Repeat with berry blue Jell-O and blue dye.

5. Divide the doughs in half again to make 6 layers. Pat a red dough into the wax paper lined pan. Press gently with the back of a dry measuring cup to even out the dough. Next, pat a plain dough between your hands to form nearly the size of the pan. Press the plain dough into the pan over the red layer. Repeat with blue, red, white and blue.

6. Fold the wax paper over the cookie dough and cover with foil. Refrigerate for several hours until firm.

7. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

8. Once chilled, dump the dough out into a cutting surface.

9. Remove dough from pan and trim edges. Cut log into ¼” thick slices. Then cut slices in half to form squares.

10. Place cookies on sheets 1 1/2 inches apart. Freeze sheets for 10 minutes to retain shapes if desired.

11. Bake 8-10 minutes or until cookies are no longer wet looking and are very lightly golden on the sides.

12. Let cookies firm up on the cookie sheets for a couple of minutes then move to a cooling rack.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Recipe & photographs by Laura Flowers.


33 comments:

Diana's Cocina said...

I know my son would love these cookie as I do! I miss seeing those commercials. LOL!

Joanne said...

I love that there's actually a different flavor in each layer! So many times when you see colored layers, that is actually the case!

Veronica said...

Loving it! If you want, there is a July 4th recipe competition at "All Through The Year Cheer" that you could submit this recipe to. They aren't accepting recipes yet but will soon and the prize is your choice of three food mag subscriptions. http://allthroughtheyearcheer.wordpress.com/2010/06/11/fourth-of-july-announcement-recipe-for-blueberry-crumb-bars/

Monet said...

Laura, these are visually stunning! What a fun idea for the fourth of July. Thanks for sharing.

Tiffiny Felix said...

I've been away too long! I *love* your new site! And I love the cookies--super, super cute :)

Tiffiny Felix said...

I've been away too long! I *love* your new site! And I love the cookies--super, super cute :)

notyet100 said...

wow delicious

Jenn said...

Yum! They look delicious!! I think I may try them with my homemade sugar cookie recipe. I can't wait to try them.

Bree said...

these are to cute. they will def be on my 4th of July table.

Sue Sparks said...

Laura, I love the looks and simplicity of these cookies! I am printing this recipe out pronto! THANKS!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Hi Everyone! Thanks. I had so much fun making these. I hope you do too.

@ Jen homemade cookie dough is a great idea.

Laura

Mariko said...

Those are some seriously genius cookies. I love your blog, too!

delicieux said...

These are so cute. I love all of the colours.

Amanda said...

Wow, what an awesome idea! Love all the different colors and flavors.

Tif said...

Great idea! Can't wait to make them with my daughter!

Carol said...

Laura-you're a genius! We have an annual 4th of July get together that we always attend, so I'm forever on the lookout for new ideas. I LOVE the big Ta-Da, not too much work concept too......works for me. These look deelish-and so pretty...

And yes-a little POOF of flour here and there never hurts a thing-make 'em think you worked hard. I've always loved that Rice Krispie Treats commercial-thanks for the memory! :)

The Cooking Photographer said...

These are so easy Carol. I think I'll make another batch and throw them in the freezer for the 4th.

Laura

southern cookbook said...

Very nice Laura! I have some sugar cookie mix i need to use up. Perfect for this recipe. Thanks for the idea.

The Urban Baker said...

so festive and cute!

Cyndy said...

Love the colors! But then I'm biased as I really enjoy not only the food you post but the photo's are amazing. Thanks for another beautiful post!

Jaclyn said...

I just finished making these cookies. All I can say is YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Jaclyn thank-you so much for leaving a comment! I think you're the 1st person to make these!

Laura

Jaclyn said...

You are very welcome. They were great. I took them to my brother's 30th birthday party and everyone enjoyed them. I can not wait to try some more of your recipes!!!

Crystal said...

I will be making these tonight! I'm so excited. I'll let you know how they turned out!

Joan said...

Love, love, love this cookie! Can't wait to share them with friends.

Jessica said...

I must admit that I've tried making cookies like this before and I haven't had much luck. I feel like this one should be left to professionals! :)

Crystal said...

I made the cookies. I really felt like I was playing with Play Doh while working in the colors.

I brought them into work. Everyone loves them and are really impressed with the different flavors. Here's my picture: http://yfrog.com/cbl0mj

kitchen koala said...

Cute idea! I bet they taste great too; we're big Jell-O fans over here, so I'm sure these cookies would be hit! Thanks for sharing :)

The Cooking Photographer said...

Crystal I am so happy you like these and had fun with them! Thank-you for trusting me and making them. Yay!

Laura

scrambledhenfruit said...

These look fabulous! You make them look so easy to prepare- I might attempt these with my grandson. Thanks for sharing such a fun recipe. :)

Kristine said...

So fun and so easy! My kiddos and I just made them and they're in the oven for our 4th of July family dinner tonight. Thanks!

Laura@Corner House said...

these cookies sound so good and look good too. I look forward to making them. I featured them on my blog today.

Jennifer said...

I am making these today!! I cant wait to see how they turn out!! Thanks for the great recipe!

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