I love to watch fireworks on TV. That’s right, while everyone else is heading to fireworks displays in their community or even shooting some off themselves (I really wish my neighbors wouldn’t do that), I’m in the comfort of my air conditioned, mosquito free home watching the light display on my flat screen, the music that accompanies the fireworks making me bob my head.
Don’t get me wrong, I think it must be awesome to see fireworks in person. Yep, I’ve never seen them in person. Mom, Dad, and I were going to see some once many years ago, but we got impatient waiting and those pesky bugs were making themselves too known for our taste. We can see a few fireworks from our driveway but as the trees get bigger and bigger, it gets harder to see. I imagine they are really something special, though.
But they’re pretty special on TV too, particularly with the advent of high definition TV. On the fourth itself, I’ll enjoy the Macy’s fireworks, but there’s nothing like the Ford fireworks here in Detroit. They were last Monday, and Detroit is actually quite well known for this annual spectacle. About one million people head downtown to watch an amazing half hour long display in all different colors with smiley faces and hearts. It’s pretty amazing all the different kinds of fireworks they have. Mom even stayed awake during the show this year, so it really must have been impressive! Plus there’s great music accompanying them.
I have watched the Detroit fireworks every year for about fifteen years. It’s one of my favorite summer rituals, as the news anchors I watch every day bring special prime time coverage. This year, they actually had to preempt the Stanley Cup finals when the Blackhawks won the Cup. Sorry, hockey fans! It didn’t bother me, and during the broadcast, they aired some Tweets and mine made the cut! Mom and I did a happy dance! It was the best fireworks yet, and I already can’t wait to see what they come up with for next year. Yes, I’ll still be watching on TV.
Your Fourth of July cookout needs some dessert fireworks, so may I suggest these Cornbread Cookies. I’ve been thinking about making them for awhile and am so glad I finally did. They taste so much like cornbread, just a little sweeter and with a bit of a finer texture, plus they’re in cookie form. They’re perfect because what cookout is complete without cornbread and cookies? They also happen to be gluten free. These cookies will be gone well before the sun sets and the fireworks begin.
- 1 cup corn flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
- ½ cup oat flour (or rice flour, all-purpose would probably work too)
- ½ cup cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
- In a medium bowl, stir together corn flour, oat flour, cornstarch, and baking powder. In another medium bowl, cream sugar, egg, and butter until light and fluffy. I did this by hand, but a hand or stand mixer would work too. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Refrigerate the dough for 1-2 hours.
- Place about golf ball sized portions of dough on a parchment lined cookie sheet and press down gently. They will only spread a little. Bake 12-15 minutes until light golden brown and the cookies are set. Cool completely on trays or they will fall apart. Cookies may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 4 months. Thaw at room temperature for about an hour.
Recipe adapted from The Hill Country Cook
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
Don’t forget to check out all the other Sunday Supper dishes to complete your cookout!
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- Best Grilled Pork Chops by Hezzi-D’s Books & Cooks
- Bleu Cheese Burgers by Juanita’s Cocina
- Korean Grilled Flank Steak by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Swedish Blonde Burgers by Eat, Move, Shine
- Hawaiian Hot Dogs by La Cocina De Leslie
- BBQing the Whole Hog, Cuban Style by Webicurean
- Meat Stuffed Jalapenos by The Urban Mrs
- St. Louis Ribs by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Fish Kebabs with Mint Chutney by Soni’s Food
- Jalapeno Bacon Burgers by Cookin’ Mimi
- Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Bacon Burgers by In the Kitchen with KP
- Curried Pork Sliders with Peanut Sauce & Apple Slaw by Foxes Love Lemons
- Grilled Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Breasts by Sustainable Dad
- Ditch Dogs by Daily Dish Recipes
- Bison Kabobs by Noshing With The Nolands
On the Side:
- Spicy Baked Beans by The Messy Baker
- Wisconsin Roasted Corn by Curious Cuisiniere
- German Potato Salad by The Foodie Army Wife
- Grilled Baby Potatoes With Peppers And Onions by Kudos Kitchen by Renee
- Sausage Potato Salad by girlichef
- Lightened Up Fully Loaded Baked Potato Salad by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Homemade Mustards by A Stack of Dishes
- Spicy Grilled Corn Salad by Magnolia Days
- Layered California Pasta Salad by The Weekend Gourmet
- Grilled Potato Salad by In Fine Balance
- Spicy Bacon and Corn Salad by Hip Foodie Mom
- Three Corns with Japanese Accents by Ninja Baking
- Cucumber Bruschetta by Healthy. Delicious.
- Grilled Zucchini by Supper for a Steal
- Chicken Spinach & Pasta Salad by Family Foodie
- Red, White & Blue Parfait by Country Girl in the Village
- Root Beer Float Sandwich Cookies by Chocolate Moosey
- Gluten Free Brownies by Blueberries & Blessings
- Grilled Stone Fruit Parfait by Pescetarian Journal
- Blueberry Sorbet by Shockingly Delicious
- Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
- Tres Leches Cake by Happy Baking Days
- Beach Cupcakes by The Little Ferraro Kitchen
- Grilled Banana Dessert Bar by Home Cooking Memories
- Berries & Cream Pie by Treats & Trinkets
- Raspberry Lemonade Frozen Yogurt Pops by Runner’s Tales
- More S’mores by Growing Up Gabel
- Blackberry Peach Cobbler by Neighborfood
- Cornbread Cookies by Pies & Plots
- Funfetti Fluff Cheerio Treats by What Smells So Good?
- Pineapple Pudding by Granny’s Down Home Sassy Southern Cooking
In the Cooler:
- Cherry Caipiroska by Vintage Kitchen Notes
- Mint Tea Slushes by Cindy’s Recipes and Writing
- Prickly Pear Margaritas by Ruffles & Truffles
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