Summer is upon us and in Texas that means heat, heat, heat. I am always looking for fun ways to cool my kids down. Aside from the standard ice water, I like to create fun treats can make a day even more special. When I am at Walmart, I am always looking for the newest things! The other day, lazily strolling kids free through the aisles, I came across Kool-Aid Easy Mix in Cherry, Tropical Punch and my kids favorite, grape! My kids love this treat every once in a while but I wanted to turn it into a special summertime treat! With my mind going back to a recipe I saw on YouTube that I have been wanting to try, Watermelon Cookies, I suddenly had an image of my sweet girls sipping on a Kool-Aid Easy Mix in Slushie and chomping down on a cookie. Chances are one of the kids will drop their slushie and take just one bite out of each cookie, but a mama can dream it will be perfect, right?
Now, I know most of you will wonder why I even attempted to make anything new. Much less something that looks sooo easy on YouTube. We all know that it is never as easy as it seems! But, I persevered and worked hard and the Watermelon Cookies came out pretty good, especially since I had never made them before!
But before I get into that, let’s talk slushies! I have made the traditional slushie with fruit. But, truth be told, we go through fruit so quickly in this house that I never have what they want when they want it. So the mix is a great solution! I add a few things to it to make it really pop but the recipe is pretty basic!
- ¼ cup Kool-Aid Easy Mix
- 1 cup or more of ice
- spash or two of lime juice
- Slightly crush the ice in a blender, add Kool-Aid Easy Mix and lime juice. Blend to slushie texture, enjoy!
The little addition of lime juice gives the flavor a little enhancement and takes a little of the ‘iceiness’ away. My kids love them but honestly, I love them more!
Now onto the next ‘I love to spoil my kids with treats every once in a while’ treat. As I said, I saw a YouTube video that made these Watermelon Cookies look so easy. Really, they are, I just think I might need to tweak the recipe until I get it just right. The basics are here and the cookies come out fun and delicious!
- ¾ cup butter, softened
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- ¼ tsp vanilla
- ¼ tspn almond extract
- 2 cups flour
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- red and green gel food coloring
- mini chocolate chips
- Combine butter and sugar until fluffy. Add in egg and vanilla and blend. In a separate bowl, add flour, baking powder and salt. Blend. Slowly add to butter mixture and blend. Separate 1 cup of dough. Add red food coloring to remaining and kneed until red. Roll into a log, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate an hour. Cut the cup of dough in half and wrap one in plastic wrap and store an hour. Add green food coloring to the remaining and cover with wrap and refrigerate an hour.
- Pull out and roll out white dough. Wrap red log into it. Do the same for the green and wrap it around the log too. Refrigerate 2 hours.
- Slice and cut slices in half.
- Bake at 350 5 - 7 minutes, until the edges barely turn. Add mini chocolate chips as seeds and let cool!
Psst: this is not a ‘sweet’ cookie recipe so feel free to use your favorite cut out cookie recipe to make it if you like ‘sweeter’ tasting cookies!
Now, mine did not exactly come out like the video but they were still super fun. My kids thought they were so creative! I need to figure out how to make the dough more pliable with another egg or more butter/ sugar mixture but while I tweak it, you can get to making these fun cookies!
The Slushies and these Watermelon Cookies are a fun snack for a summertime of fun! They would be awesome for parties as well!
What fun cookies recipe do you want to share with my too! Just leave a comment below!