On Monday we will honor those brave men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. I have many relatives and friends, including my husband, who served our country in uniform, but am so blessed than none perished during their stint in the service.
Memorial Day has always been a celebration about having the day off of school or work for me, but this year, I'm more reflective, after having lost two family members this month, and am more aware of the sorrow many of you feel on this occasion. Instead of focusing on making picnic food this year, I decided to create dog tag cookies that can be personalized to reflect your personal experience.
Each dog tag cookie that I made, commemorates all of the fallen soldiers, but you can personalize them in honor of a family member or friend who died serving our country for Memorial day or for a member of the military for Veteran's Day.
Armed Forces Dog Tag Cookies
1 batch of your favorite sugar cookie dough (I used this Vanilla Sugar Cookie recipe from LilaLoa)
flour to dust cutting board
corn syrup or frosting to attach the modeling chocolate to the cookies
vodka or vanilla extract
melted dark chocolate (an ounce is enough for several dozen cookies)
Custom Cookie Cutter Kit or use a knife
small round plunger cutter, a straw, or a round pastry tip
food use only paint brush
If using a cookie cutter making kit, create your own dog tag shaped cookie cutter. If not, just draw a template, cut out around it and use it and a knife to cut out your cookies and modeling chocolate.
I love these cookie cutter crafting kits and have used mine so often that I've had to order refill aluminum strips several times. There are directions for use in the kit.
NOTE: Before you cut your template, be sure the cookies will be large enough for your personalization. If using letter stamps set out the longest word you plan to use and make sure it fits.
Flour your cutting board, roll out dough to desired thickness, cut out cookies using dog tag cookie cutter or knife. Use a small round plunger cutter, a straw, or a round pastry tip to cut out one hole at one end of each dog tag cookie. Bake according to recipe instructions. I baked mine at 350 for about 10 minutes.
Roll out dark modeling chocolate.* Cut using dog tag cutter or knife and template. Brush cookies lightly with corn syrup or frosting, attach modeling chocolate, press down to secure and cut out hole using plunger cutter.
* To easily roll out modeling chocolate, place it inside a large zip top bag, and roll until thin. Cut out three sides of the zip top bag and carefully peel off modeling chocolate.
Pour 1 teaspoon vodka or vanilla extract in a small bowl, add about 1/4 teaspoon silver luster dust, and stir. Add more dust or liquid as needed until you have a nice smooth paste. Brush luster dust over cookies. Allow to dry.
Personalize cookies by pressing letter stamps into the modeling chocolate or by writing with food coloring markers.
Pinch off tiny pieces of dark modeling chocolate and roll into balls for the chain. Roll enough to create all your chains. Attach the tiny balls to each other and to the dog tag cookies using melted chocolate. Allow to dry. Brush over the chains with the wet luster dust.
Store in an airtight container for up to a week. The chains will be very fragile, so handle with care.
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