Monday, September 5, 2011

In Honor of Labor Day

To celebrate Labor Day, I've been "laboring" to build the blog banner and layout... I think I finally settled on something I like!

In the patriotic spirit of the holiday, I have a festive recipe--one that you might bring a Labor Day gathering or potluck.  Unfortunately, Labor Day weekend is officially over; however, I felt that the simplicity of the recipe lends its appeal to the solo baker.  This recipe is not a single serving, but it is certainly designed for a single person serving dessert to others!

(Truthfully, I couldn't resist a celebratory first post.  Plus, I already had a picture of this, so I couldn't resist, especially because it seemed appropriate given the holiday.)

Patriotic Cookie Cake


For the sugar cookie
Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix
1 egg
1 stick butter

For the frosting
One 8 oz. package Cool Whip
One 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
6 to 10 tablespoons lemon juice

For the fruit topping
Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or your fruit of choice


1. Prepare the cookie cake according to the instructions on the package.  Roll out into a large circle on a pizza stone or on a baking sheet so that it is a little less than a quarter inch thick.  I have a mini rolling pin that I use, but you could also use your fingers to press it out into a circle.

2.  Bake the cookie, again following the package instructions (if you happen to be using a convection oven, be sure to decrease the suggested temperature by 15 degrees and the cooking time by several minutes!).  The cookie should be golden brown and look as though it has cooked thoroughly.

3. While baking, prepare the "frosting" by mixing the tub of Cool Whip with the sweetened condensed milk.  Add about 6 tablespoons of lemon juice to it and continue to add lemon juice until you reach a tanginess that you like.  Personally, I prefer it with more lemon juice rather than less.

4. Once the cookie has cooled completely, add the "frosting," and top with sliced or whole fruit of your choosing.  Enjoy!

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