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I’ve always loved the idea of doing some baking for Pride so when Jozi pitched her baking idea to me, I couldn’t resist. Reading and books may be one of my greatest loves, but nothing comforts me more than baking something that doesn’t sink in the middle or flattens like a pancake.
I’m so excited to have Jozi, a teen book blogger and bookstagrammer, visiting us at the Pond today as our honourary Pride baker! I want to thank Jozi, who took the time to trial the recipe and take a gorgeous photo (which you can find at the bottom!) for us — and now she’s sharing her cookie recipe with us all for Pride. Jozi visits us as an arctic fox, bundled up and snug for the winter with a scarf and beanie!
Before I share with you Jozi’s recipe though, I want to share with you all her gorgeous bookstagram!
I have no skill nor patience to maintain a consistent and coherent theme in my bookstagram, so I have so much admiration and love for bookstagrammers put in the effort to keep up a theme! Looking at Jozi’s bookstagram, it’s clear that she has put a lot of love and care into her feed and I also love the books that she spotlights in her bookstagram!
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QOTD: What book is next on your TBR? A: Mine is definitely All Boys Aren't Blue by George Johnson. A kind internet friend gifted me this copy and while I haven't started it yet, I can tell it's going to be very powerful. Good afternoon, lovelies! 🥰 I hope you're having a good day today. I'm going to try to finish my current read, The Diabolic. My local library is opening for curbside pickup tomorrow and I'm SO EXCITED 😍 I'm hoping to reserve some books I need for a reading challenge! #bookstagram #booklover #bookworm #readingaddict #readersofinstagram #bookblogger #booksofinstagram #bookstagrammer #yabooks #yabookstagram #yabookstagrammer #memoir #allboysarentblue #pridemonthbooks #pride #lgbtq #flowers #hygge #cozy #colorfulbooks #qotd
I love that Jozi has spotlighted our recommended read for Pride, All Boys Aren’t Blue by George Johnson, a truly phenomenal and incisive book that I’ll always recommend forever and ever.
Jozi’s Pride-Themed Cookie Recipe!
Hello, friends! Thank you for having me here at A Quiet Pond! I’m so happy to be featured as part of the Pride Month series. ❤
When CW asked if I’d be interested in sharing some recipes, I immediately got the baking bug and put on my oven mitts! So it is with great pride (pun intended!) that I present to you this Pride themed cookie recipe! 🏳️🌈
I chose to use the colors of the rainbow Pride flag, but you could use any colors you want to make these cookies! Just a heads up, if your colors of choice includes white, the butter in this recipe will make it look more yellow!
These cookies would be a fun weekend project. All you need is some time on your hands, food coloring, and some determination. You can do it! And if nothing else, they taste good. 😉
I’m gluten free/vegan/on a restricted diet! Can I still make these?
Absolutely! You don’t have to use this recipe, you can use your favorite recipe instead. You can probably even use boxed mix if you want!
How many cookies does this recipe make?
That depends on the size of your cookie cutter. Mine is about 2.5 x 3 inches and I made 8 large cookies, plus 6 similarly sized round cookies made from leftover dough. You could easily get double the amount with a little cookie cutter. 🙂
Enough FAQs already, I want to see the recipe!
As you wish! If you make these delicious cookies, I want to see! Tag me in your Instagram photos so I can see how they turned out! 😍 I’m @thatbookishbaker!
5 tablespoons butter (softened)
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg (room temperature)
2 tablespoons egg white (for an egg wash!)
1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt
Gel or liquid food coloring
- Gather the ingredients.
- Using a mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamy.
- Add the egg and vanilla and mix well.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder. Slowly stir the flour mixture into butter and sugar until dough forms. It’s okay if it seems a little bit crumbly at first, it will all come together!
- Split dough into equal parts as needed and color with food coloring. Amount of coloring depends on the desired shade.
- Wrap dough in plastic and chill for two hours in the refrigerator.
- Preheat your oven to 350F (175C). On a lightly floured surface, roll out each color of dough. The thickness depends on the size of your cookie cutter. You’ll be stacking the dough, so you’ll want your finished stack to be just slightly taller than your cutter.
- Brush a small amount of egg white over each dough sheet and stack them. Pay attention to the pattern! I wanted the rainbow flag, so I stacked in order. Purple on the bottom, then blue, green, yellow, orange, and red!
- Slice the dough stack into strips, about 1/4 inch wide. Flip the dough onto its side the stripes are visible. Use your cookie cutter to cut out shapes. You can use the scraps to make some awesome tie-dye cookies!
- Place cookies 1 inch apart on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake for 9 to 12 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Oven temperatures and cookie sizes vary, I baked my large cookies for 12. Wait 1 minute and then transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.
Baking is an art, not an exact science, so don’t feel down if your cookies don’t look exactly right. It took me a couple of tries until I was satisfied. Have pride in your cookies! They will certainly still taste good. You can do it! I believe in you 🌟
About the Bookstagrammer & Book Blogger
Hi there! I’m Jozi, a teenage book blogger living in a home ruled by two little dogs. When I’m not baking or gushing about books, you can probably find me drinking something caffeinated and daydreaming about horses. Books are my happy place, and I currently intern at a library. I have a tendency of staying late to wander the shelves!
A big thank you to Jozi for sharing with us her favourite Pride-themed cookie recipe! The cookies look gorgeous and delicious, and I cannot wait to bake them for myself. Make sure that if you decide to bake these Pride-themed cookies to tag Jozi in her bookstagram, @thatbookishbaker!