Patriotic Cut-Out Sandwich Cookies

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I'm guest posting over at Best Friends for Frosting today, sharing a tutorial on making Firecracker Cut-Out cookies using Pop Rocks candies (love those things!).

I also share a really awesome tip in that post on how to get perfect cut-outs every time, without the cookie spreading during baking and distorting your shape.  Look at that crisp, perfect star.  It would have looked sad if it had puffed and mushed together.  So definitely check out the BFFF post before going on with this tutorial.

And we're back.  When I finished up the photos for the firecracker cookies tutorial, I still had a bunch of icing and blank cookies left over.  That clearly meant it was time for a little fun and experimentation.

Instead of just doing a solid color of buttercream between the cookie layers, I decided to mix it up.  Stripes!  Swirls!

As you can see, no fancy tips or techniques required.   The cookies don't look all that great just as icing-covered circles.  But when you pop on that top with the star cutout...

Wow!  So cute!  Especially with a sprinkling of disco dust.

I love the 4th of July!  What are your favorite red, white, and blue treats to make?

Nicole Wills, creator of Tikkido