Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Red, White and Blue

So I don't know about y'all but when I'm having a large group of people over, I like to keep dessert pretty simple and focus most of my energy on the entree, side dishes and making sure my daughter doesn't have a milk moustache.

Milk moustaches abound when you're three and think they're pretty cool because your Grandpa has a real moustache.

Back to baking, this is a dessert that I made for the first time during a family Fourth of July celebration last year. It's crazy easy, tasty and cute!





Start off by creating a blueberry reduction. Combine blueberries (fresh or frozen), water and sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a low boil.




Boil until the mixture has boiled down to half its original volume. It should be pretty thick and syrup-y at this point and will continue to thicken up a bit more as it cools.

Now, grab a box of Betty Crocker's finest brownie mix, follow her directions and bake it up.


Then take a package of Betty's finest sugar cookie mix and turn it into little star shaped cookies by following the directions for rolled out cookies and baking them accordingly.

I told you this would be easy. :)


Now, cut a square from your brownies and slice up some strawberries. Using the brownie as a bed, top it with strawberries and whipped cream. Place a star cookie on the tippity top and spoon a small river of the blueberry syrup next to it.



Ta-da! A little more fun than blue and red jello topped with Cool Whip. :)

Independence Day Dessert (printable recipe)
Serves 12-18

11 oz. fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. water
1 pkg. brownie mix, made to specifications on box
1 pkg. sugar cookie mix
16 oz. strawberries, rinsed and sliced
Whipped cream

In a saucepan combine blueberries, sugar and water. Bring to a low boil; maintain until mixture has reduced in half its volume, stirring occasionally.

Make brownies according to package directions.

Prepare sugar cookie dough according to directions for "rolled out cookies." Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface until 1/4" thick. Using a star-shaped cookie cutter, cut stars out of dough. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to turn golden.

To serve: place a brownie square on a plate, top with whipped cream and strawberries. Add a star cookie (or two!) on top and spoon a "river" of blueberries along the side of the brownie.

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