Are you proud to be an American? Are you proud to not be an American but a citizen of the United States? Then the Fourth of July is the perfect country-loving holiday for you! The important question, though, is not whether or not you’re American, it’s how do you throw the perfect America-filled party to celebrate the independence of a superpower?
First, it needs to be a BBQ pool party. Everyone will arrive with tiny American flags swaying in the wind from the window of their cars and the ladies will come dressed in American flag bikinis while the fellas, shockingly, will come in American flag board shorts. And, if the guys are not feeling the water, they’ll dress up with sneakers and mid-calf length American flag socks. This is not embarrassing at all.
The food has to be exclusive to America, meaning, no hamburgers or hotdogs. Germany has those rights. Also, no pizza. Damn Italians. That basically leaves chicken wings and other variations of chicken. Yum.
Now, the fun part, the alcohol. It’s not a party unless someone gets sick on your bathroom floor? There is no Corona at a Fourth of July party. Thank God we now have a bunch of amazing craft beer makers in America and shockingly some great new ones right here in Miami like Wynwood Brewery Company.
Vodka originated in Eastern Europe so looks like you won’t be infusing that watermelon this year. Or downing six Jell-O shots.
Honestly, the highlight of this party is going to be the dessert. Chocolate Chip Cookies, an American classic that actually came from America, is the only option. So make it good and stock up on Om Nom Nom Cookies Chocolate Chip cookie to make up for the mood-crushing party.
Easter reminds me of my mother… It was her favorite holiday and she would spend the weeks prior to it hand dying our eggs, making each one of her 7 children their very own easter basket filled to the brim with chocolate, candy and stuffed animals dressed up in cute little easter outfits. On Easter morning she would wake up bright and early and hide dozens of eggs, some real and some made of plastic filled with candy for us to then hunt and devour. She isn’t here to share this holiday with me but I remember her fondly and decided to share this recipe that she helped me create. My mother was born in England and our version of a classic English tea cookie infused with earl grey tea always reminded us of our summers in England and our long walks down Oxfords bunny trails hand in hand. I hope you enjoy making these as much as we have and share them with your loved ones as well.
Earl Grey Tea Cookies
2 cups unbleached organic all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons Early Grey tea (from about 4-5 bags)
6 ounces non-dairy margarine
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon vanilla soy milk, or other non-dairy milk
vanilla sugar, for the cookie edges (optional)
In the bowl of a food processor, combine the sugars, salt and tea and pulse until the tea is pulverized. Add the flour, and pulse again until everything is evenly mixed.
Add the margarine, vanilla and soy milk, and pulse again until a dough starts to form. Dump it out into a bowl, and knead just until everything comes together and the loose bits of flour are incorporated.
Divide the dough in half, and roll each half into a log about 12-inches long. (Mine were a bit shorter because I wanted my cookies to be a little bigger). Wrap the dough logs in plastic or parchment, and put them in the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes. Heat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Remove the dough from the fridge, and cut slices that are about 1/3″ thick. (See Notes). Place them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake for about 10 – 12 minutes, or until the centers are set, rotating the trays halfway through the cooking time. Let them sit on the trays for at least 10 minutes to cool, and then transfer them to cooling racks.