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Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth of July!

Pretzels With M & M's, Red Velvet Cake Balls, Sugar Cookies

Wishing everyone a safe and happy 4th!  My nine year old daughter and I made some easy, yummy treats to celebrate the long weekend.  The little flags are a printable from Martha Stewart's website located here.  That is the only paper craft component to today's post. :-)  The rest is all about the food!

The cake balls are Red Velvet cake with Cream Cheese frosting.  Instructions can be found here.

The sugar cookies recipe is from a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.  They are made with powdered sugar, instead of granulated, and are very good, even without icing.  I didn't want to violate any copyright laws and so did a quick search and found the same recipe on the Betty Crocker website here.  We usually only make sugar cookies at Christmas-time so this was a fun change for us.

To make the pretzels, we used Snyder's Mini Twist pretzels, Wilton's White Candy Melts, and plain M & M's.  Layout the pretzels on a parchment covered baking sheet.  Melt the candy melts in the microwave in a decorating bag or a large ziplock bag according to the package directions. Clip the tip/corner of the bag when the melts are smooth and melted. Pipe a line of melted candy around two of the pretzel sections and immediately place an M & M in each section.  The candy melts will harden and act like a glue to keep the M & M's in place.  It is a nice mix of sweet and salty.  This is my husband's favorite treat. 



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