I’m one of those people who you would probably consider obsessed when it comes to holidays. Now that JD and I have kids, it’s even more exciting for me. I sincerely enjoy making these types of days and events special for our kids.
While I am NOT a fan of summer….that’s right, summer in Texas is like living in a sauna under scorching sun 24/7; I am, however, a very big fan of the Fourth of July. There is just something magical, especially for kids, about a day filled with water balloons, ice cream, parades, and of course, fireworks. Thankfully, I have managed to find a cookie recipe that captures that similar feeling (and pairs great with ice cream). I originally discovered this recipe through Crazy for Crust, and made some adjustments.
JD and the boys were obsessed with these cookies, and I’m pretty sure I only managed to get my hands on two of them.
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil (the original recipe called for butter, but I wanted a healthier substitute)
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar, Packed
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Box (3.4 ounces) Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1 1/4 Cups All Purpose Flour
1/4 Cup Red, White, and Blue Sprinkles
3/4 Cup Red, White, and Blue M&M’s
Directions // *This cookie dough will require chilling before baking. In a large bowl, cream together coconut oil and brown sugar (I used my KitchenAid Hand Mixer). Once blended, mix in vanilla extract and egg. Then add pudding mix, baking soda, and salt. Mix together until combined. Add flour and blend. Stir in sprinkles and M&M’s with a spatula or fork.
Using a cupcake scooper (you can obviously use a spoon, but using the miniature scooper helps to already put the dough in a ball), scoop two tablespoon balls of cookie dough onto a baking sheets covered with parchment paper. Cover and chill for a minimum of 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place chilled cookie dough two inches apart and bake for 9-11 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet before transferring to a cooling rack. Enjoy!
What are some of your favorite Fourth of July traditions?
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