Stars and Stripes With Pop Rock Surprise!

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4th of July Firecracker Cookie

Happy 4th of July! I plan on spending the evening with family, eating and watching the little ones enjoy fireworks.  Although, I am primarily a savory cook, the holidays tend to bring out my sweet side.  My desserts tend to be super fun and simple.  This 4th of July I wanted to share with you more than the common red, white and blue dessert.  I wanted you to taste the explosion that we all look forward to on independence day.  This sugar cookie is filled with nutella, or strawberry jam, and candied pop rocks that feel like sweet fireworks exploding in your mouth.  The kids will love the surprise if you can keep from telling them whats inside.

Time- 90 minutes


Store bought sugar cookie dough

Strawberry jam


2 packages Strawberry Pop Rocks

Red, white and blue icing


Preparation of 4th of July cookie

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Apply flour to surface and roll out cookie dough.  Cut out stars with cookie cutter.


Roll out dough to whatever thickness you like but keep in mind that you will use two cookies per serving.  Place cookies on lined cookie sheet and bake according to wrapper instructions.  When cookies are baked and cooled for 10 minutes start to spread nutella or strawberry jam on the inside of each cookie.  Sprinkle pop rocks candy only to one side of the cookie and sandwich the cookies together.


Once the cookies are assembled you can ice the cookies however you like.


 Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

What is your favorite 4th of July dessert?

The Author

First off, I'm not a writer. This should be abundantly clear as you read this bio. I'm not a trained Chef either. I'm a Mother, Wife, Registered Nurse and Fraudulent Chef. Why a blog you ask? Well, I don't want to be a line cook, executive Chef, or a restaurant owner. I just want to cook what I want, when I want, and for who I want. Cooking is a creative outlet for me. I don't even consider myself a blogger because I don't blog often. So advertising dollars and web fame is not my motive. Finding the time to cook, write up a recipe, photograph it while maintaining a job and household is challenging. However, it has given me great joy over the years to see people carrying on dishes that I've developed. It's also an online cookbook that I can reflect on. My cooking is an expression of the strong women in my life and inspired dishes from my favorite restaurants. I'm a recipe impostor of dishes from restaurants I love. Furthermore, many of the recipes are spruced up from my childhood. I'm a Mexican-American, native Californian who has spent time in New York and married a first generation Costa Rican. My cooking reflects all of these aspects. Karen's Kitchen is not a Mexican food blog. As much as I'd like to fit into a pretty little red, white and green box. I find it too limiting and reject the notion of creating a Latino point of view because it makes a blog cohesive. So my recipes are all over the place, with no rhyme or reason. Home cooks never apologize for not graduating from culinary school. You will find that my recipes are easy to follow and geared for the home cook. They look amazing and will make you look like a Domestic God/Goddess in front of your loved ones. It's my hope that you find the love for cooking and make some of my recipes your own. Cheers to cooking, eating and surrounding yourself with lovely people.


  1. Karen says

    Kiwi the cookies look really yummy. Can’t wait to try making them.

    • The kids loved and devoured them. The strawberry filled tasted like a pop tart but didn’t hold the pop rocks as well as the nutella. I would suggest putting pop rocks inside and on top of the icing for the strawberry filled. My nephew is having a baseball party and requested me to make these cookies for his friends but in the shape of baseballs. Too cute!

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