March 2nd 2018 is Texas’ Independence Day the celebration of the adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence in 1836. The document was signed by 59 delegates, settlers in Mexican Texas officially declared independence from Mexico and created the Republic of Texas.

My favorite way to celebrate? By baking cookies! Texas shaped sugar cookies.

Start with a simple sugar cookie recipe.

Sugar Cookies

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Start with rolling your dough on a floured surface about 1/4 inch thick. Cut your cookie.

Widely space the cookies on a baking sheet and bake for 5-7 minutes at 350 degrees.

Make your dye colored frosting with 1/2 cup of confectioners sugar, 2-3 teaspoons of water and 10 drops of food dye. (Red, blue and a mix without food dye), make sure it’s not too runny.

Once the cookies are done let them cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet. Once cooled you can start decorating them.

Using the tip of a spoon start with the white frosting and then the red and finally blue. Decorate each cookie how you please.

Let the frosting dry completely before serving.

Happy Texas Independence Day y’all!