Patriotic Stripe Cookies

It's a week after Independence Day and I'm still missing it. So much so that it's taken me about a lifetime to get around to posting this recipe.

I'm a huge fan of sugar cookies. They are a bit like bacon. You always need more than one and you rarely regret it. I normally make a cake of some sort for gathering occasions but kind of felt the need for something different. Something a little easier to eat that doesn't require a fork.

After some light googling, I decided upon a sugar cookie. Despite my love of cooking, I tend to opt for things that don't require a lot of finesse - which is kind of the opposite of these striped wonders. Almost. Maybe I've tricked you with their good looks and maybe I haven't. A friend of mine did a similar cookie on her blog (The Salted Cookie) - except she rolled the layers into a spiral. I'm a stripe girl. Always have been. Just look in my dresser... stripes on stripes on stripes.

Given the few steps required here, I did get started on these babies two days in advance. That's largely because I'm lazy and I like to go to bed nice and early. One day to make the dough. Sleep. One day to roll out the dough and cook it. Sleep. Eat the cookies. 

And then if I'm being honest, I've also eaten these cookies almost every morning since then. They are a great breakfast snack. It's the opposite of a kale mango chia smoothie. More people ate the cake than the cookies... and so a week later I'm still eating them. But guess what? They are still seriously delicious.

At a high-level, here's how I recommend you attack this recipe:
(1) make the dough. dye it. put it in the fridge.
(2) roll out of the dough. stack it. cut it. and cook it. Now you have stripe cookies.
(3) Scrap dough? Roll it all together. Shape it to a long cylinder. Cut it. Cook it. Now you have tye-dye cookies.
But, here's how it goes. 
(1) Combine the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add in the egg, milk and vanilla extract

(2) Combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet. Mix until well combined.

(3) Divide the batter into 3 - and leave one third in the bowl. Add the red or blue coloring and mix until you get the color you like. Remove from the bowl, wrap and put in the fridge. Repeat for the blue coloring. Now you'll have 3 little batches in your fridge: red, blue, and white (essentially just sugar dough). 

(4) roll out of the dough on wax or parchment paper. target trying to roll the same-ish shape (e.g. rectangle / oval/ etc)

(5) Gently place the 3 layers on top of each other. Put it back in the fridge for like 20-30 minutes.

(6) Cut the dough into 3 even strips that you can stack on each other. Take the extra dough and just put it aside in the fridge.

(7) Put the striped stack dough in the fridge for an hour. Theoretically you could cut them now but the firmer the dough is the cleaner each cookie will be.

(8) Cut the cookies (either striped or tye dye) into 1/4 - 1/3 inch slices and put on a parchment cookie sheet. Bake for 10ish minutes.
Shopping List
1 1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 egg
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 tablespoons milk
3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Red food coloring
Blue food coloring

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