July 15, 2010

Watermelon Cookies


They may not be as nutritious as the real thing, but these watermelon cookies are awfully cute! I originally found the recipe on Taste of Home, but tried my hand as simplifying things a bit. In the end, they were surprisingly easy to make.

What you'll need:
- sugar cookie dough (I used store bought)
- red and green food coloring
- chocolate chips or currents (is there really a choice?)

1. Divide your dough in half. Mix red food coloring in one half.

2. Divide the remaining dough in half. Reserve one portion to stay white. Mix green food coloring in the remainder.


3. Form the red dough into a fat sausage about 4 inches long. Chill all of the dough in the fridge for an hour or two.

4. Roll out the white dough into a rectangle the same approximate width of your red dough "sausage". Wrap this dough around the red dough, encasing it. Repeat with the green dough.


5. Allow the dough to chill for several hours until firm.

6. Slice evenly and place on a cookie sheet.

7. Press mini chocolate chips or currents into the red centers of the cookies.


8. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.


9. Bake your cookies and slice into fourths while still warm. Enjoy!



Watermelon Day by Kathi Appelt

Watermelon DayI'll admit it. I'm reviewing this book because it's about a watermelon, and honestly, there aren't many watermelon books out there. I can honestly say, however, that Appelt won me over.... not with the illustrations (which are okay) or the story (about a girl waiting for her watermelon to ripen), but with the rich language sprinkled throughout. On nearly every page is a nugget of beautiful imagery to savor and enjoy:

"It made a thick, dull sound, like Pappy's boots when he dropped them on the front porch." "She patted her watermelon. It was full of the cool summer rains. Full of the warmth from its sandy nest. Full of the deep hot sun."  "So hot that the air wrinkled up like an unironed shirt." "Willow branches dipped up and down, testing the icy water."

These poetic phrases rescue the book from being just a simple summer story and make it worth your time to seek out and enjoy with your child... maybe with a slice of fresh watermelon!

I'm linking up to:
- stART @ A Mommy's Adventures

14 comments:

  1. These look like a lot of fun to make. Maybe we'll try them today. My kids LOVE real watermelon and I'm sure they'd love these too.

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  2. That book sounds great and the cookies do too!

    I have so many different cookies on my "to bake" list that I don't even know where to begin.

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  3. Those cookies look sooooo yummy! I've never heard of that book. Sounds like a good summer read!

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  4. Those are so cute! Even if they aren't as healthy, they sure do look like fun to make☺

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  5. What a fun recipe :)
    that book looks great, too

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  6. Christianne! These are just toooo cute! As are the lime jellos! Wow! Brilliant. We WILL be makingsome. And love the maths activity that goes with it. Will have to remember it when Red Ted is older!

    Thank you!

    Maggy

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  7. Your cookies are amazing. They really look like the real thing.

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  8. They look delicious and very pretty!

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  9. I'll bet jelly beans would be great seeds too and probably fit better with the sugar cookie taste than the raisins. Tho, you can't go wrong with chocolate chips, ever!

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