It’s starting to feel like an actual summer in London – sweltering days, the feel of sun on your legs, constant cravings for cool ice cream. It feels like the summers I had growing up – I can’t shake the “last day of school” feeling this time of year brings.
I’m starting to try out my recipes for the Fourth of July. This is one of the two holidays where I get very homesick (along with Thanksgiving) – as it brings back memories of scorching weekends at the beach, running barefoot around the house with sparklers, fresh corn on the cob, late night ice creams to the muted sounds of 1776 on television. It feels wrong to be at work, rather than with my family on that long weekend. My grandparents live near the beach on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and every year, the extended family (my mother, her siblings and all my cousins) would gather to spend three days at the beach. Life was simple and salty and hot and good.
But the 4th of July is going to be even more of a special day, as we’ve chosen July 4, 2015 as our wedding date. I wanted a memorable day, obviously, but also one that holds associations of family and love for me. And so to celebrate my pre-anniversary, I whipped up a batch of party cake cookies with a 4th of July theme.
Party Cake Cookies (adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction)
1 box vanilla cake mix
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 large eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon butter extract
1/4 cup frosting
1/2 cup red, white and blue sprinkles
1/2 cup Birthday Cake M&Ms
Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes, until the cookies feel spongy and turn a bit brown. They will become more solid as they cool.