Celebrating the 4th of July

The 4th of July, America’s independence day, is one of our favorite holidays at Betsy’s Best.   As entrepreneurs, we are living the American dream. Not only are we building a great company, we are doing it while having fun and fulfilling our passion for great tasting, healthy, all-natural nut and seed butters.  Peanut butter is, of course, a classic American food. No country loves peanut butter as much as America.  We are so proud to be giving Americans a new choice for great tasting gourmet peanut butter, almond butter, and sunflower seed butter that are non-gmo.

So, as we prepare to grill later today and celebrate while watching amazing fireworks tonight, we decided to list our 10 favorite things about America at this moment:

  • Our soldiers that are overseas protecting our freedom at this very moment
  • Cooking out with great friends
  • 4th of July fireworks
  • Freedom and respect for every individual
  • The USA Women’s Soccer Team (USA! USA! USA!)
  • The opportunity to pursue the American dream
  • Spending the holiday at the beach
  • Watching a great Hollywood summer blockbuster
  • The show of patriotism at Independence Day parades

We are so lucky to be American’s living in the greatest country on Earth!

 Happy 4th of July!

Betsy’s Red White and Blue Cookies

Spend your Memorial Day with family and friends and take pride in American history by celebrating those individuals who have served and given their efforts for our freedom.  

If you are to bring a dish for a patriotic holiday party, don’t pass by this delicious and festive Betsy’s Best dessert!  We LOVE the sweet taste of Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters and it is the perfect ingredient in every dessert!  Of course these delectable cute and colorful cookies are so tempting that it’s hard to stop at one bite, so be mindful not to eat the whole batch!  However know that this tasty treat also has chia seeds, fruit, fiber, and healthy fats so even though you are enjoying a treat, it has some health benefits too!

 

Cookie recipe:

1/2 cups all-purpose flour or gluten free flour

1/2 cup cake flour or another

1/2 c gluten free flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoons cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 + 1/8 cups butter, unsalted, browned and cooled (directions for browning below)

1/8 cup cream cheese (not whipped, not light, nothing less than the best)

3/4 cups packed brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 eggs

1/2 tablespoon vanilla

2 T Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut Butter

 

Chia pudding cookie filling:

1/2 c + 2 T chia seeds

1 c homemade almond milk (our recipe is preservative free))

1/4 tsp vanilla or pinch of vanilla bean powder

pinch of sea salt

3-5 drops liquid stevia or 1 T honey

 

Cookie Toppings:

Blueberries

Strawberries- cut in half and sliced thin

 

Recipe Directions:

Brown your Butter: In a saucepan melt the butter over medium heat and continue to cook and swirl until it turns brown, brown bits stick to the bottom of the pan and smells delightfully nutty.  Add Betsy’s Best and stir until incorporated. Transfer to a bowl to cool 

In a large bowl combine flours, baking soda, baking powder, cornstarch, and salt. Whisk together and set aside.

Combine butter, cream cheese and sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until creamy and lighter, 3-4 minutes. Add the egg, and beat. Add the vanilla and be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture until fully mixed. 

Refrigerate overnight.  The melted butter makes this step critical.

Prepare the chia pudding by combining all ingredients into a mason jar or bowl with a lid.  Shake jar and place in refrigerator.  Wait about 10-15 min and then shake jar again.  Place in refrigerator overnight to set.

Preheat oven to 350°.  Spray mini-muffin tin with non-stick spray. Use mini muffin tins and fill until 1/2 way full and push mixture to fit the mold of the small muffin mold.  Bake for 8-10 min until just golden.  Remove from oven and wait until cool enough to touch.  With thumb, press cookie mixture firmly into the mold and up the side of the mold to create a deep pocket where with pudding mixture will go.  Once fully cooled, place a dollop of pudding mixture into each cookie cup.  Leaving cups in the tins decorate with blueberries and strawberries.  Enjoy!

Having a fun, homemade patriotic dessert makes every American summer holiday that much better.  Your Memorial Day and 4th of July party guests are sure to devour Betsy’s Red, White, and Blue Cookies!

Patriotic Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches

Homemade Patriotic peanut butter ice cream sandwiches featuring Betsy's Best

A perfect treat to beat the heat!  These white chocolate dipped peanut butter & ice cream sandwiches are not only pretty but delicious too!  These don’t have to just be for 4th of July, but can be dipped in any sprinkle combo you want!

Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwich Ingredients:

  • 1 c Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut Butter with Cinnamon
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 c chocolate chips
  • Ice cream
  • 1 c baking chips, white chocolate
  • Red sprinkles
  • Blue sprinkles

How to Make Your Homemade Dessert:

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine brown sugar, Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut Butter, egg, baking soda and stir until mixed. Fold in the chocolate chips. Place on un-greased cookie sheet or parchment paper and bake for 8-10 min.  Once removed allow to cool and place in a freezer until hard.

When ready to assemble the sandwiches, melt white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl at 50% for 60 seconds.  Stir and microwave again at 50% for 30 seconds until melted.  Set aside to cool.  In 2 separate bowls place red sprinkles in one and blue sprinkles in another.  To assemble, place ice cream between the 2 cookies and dip in white chocolate.  Dip the bottom of the white chocolate dipped cookie in the blue sprinkles and then set on a wax paper to cool.  With a spoon take some of the white chocolate and cover the section you want to turn red and sprinkle with the red sprinkles.  As soon as the sprinkles are applied place back in the freezer.

Everybody will remember your 4th of July party thanks to these homemade Patriotic white chocolate dipped peanut butter and ice cream sandwiches.  What ice cream flavor will you use?

Happy Birthday America!!! 

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