Most of my memories of summertime during my childhood is of sweet tastes and warm breezes. My parents both worked full-time, which meant that I was enrolled in a variety of summer camps and summer activities. Some of them may have been against my will (regardless of how much of a better swimmer I became due to my time on the local swim team, it was definitely not worth the early morning starts for practice!) and others I loved (I was sad to hear they discontinued the summer camp at the George Read House in old New Castle, as I loved making beeswax candles and learning to cross-stitch in between history classes.) But all of these have sweet memories attached to them: whether the Milky Way bars from the pool snack bar or the slushies near the waterfront in old New Castle.
One of the defining summer treats for me is Kool-Aid. I used to whip up batch after batch in the summer, loving the sickly sweet taste. So when Oreo released their limited edition Fruit Punch cookies, the first taste reminded me of my beloved fruit punch Kool-Aid. So an obvious sandwich cookie was born.
1 3/4 cups caster sugar
1 1/4 cups unsalted butter
1 3.5 ounce packet Kool-Aid Tropical Punch mix
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
3 cups plain flour
1 box Fruit Punch Oreos
Mix in eggs and the Tropical Punch flavouring.\
Sift in the dry ingredients.