These Patriotic Biscuits are an amazing addition to your Memorial Day, Veterans Day, or 4th of July party! These yummy biscuits will have your guests craving more than you can make!
I know I've shared the biscuit decorating technique with my readers before, but this time, I'm making my biscuits from scratch using a simple recipe adapted from Cook's Illustrated that utilizes heavy whipping cream instead of buttermilk and butter.
It's my go-to biscuit recipe because I always have cream on hand to make chocolate truffles, ganache, etc. They have a wonderful flavor and nice texture. You can use any biscuit recipe you like or use store-bought dough, the resulting decorated biscuits should look similar.
Transform an ordinary pile of beige biscuits into an eye-catching focal point for your picnic table using foam stamps and food coloring.
Patriotic Biscuits to celebrate Memorial Day or 4th of July (makes 9)
2 cups all purpose flour, plus more to dust work surface
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream
red and blue liquid food coloring (the grocery store variety)
patriotic foam stamps*
bench scraper, pizza wheel, or knife
two paint brushes used for food only
baking sheet lined with parchment paper
*I purchased my patriotic foam stamp set this week from Hobby Lobby. I thought I'd be able to find a link for this product on their website for those of you who don't live near a Hobby Lobby store but could not, so here are a few links to other places with fun patriotic foam stamps which will work also. Set of 6 stamps on Etsy or a Set of 8 on Bonanza.
- Preheat your oven to 450 degrees and put one of your oven racks in the upper-middle position.
- Whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar in a mixing bowl.
- Pour in the heavy cream and stir just until combined.
- Dust your work surface liberally with flour.
- Pour the dough out onto the work surface and knead for about 30 seconds until the dough is elastic and forms a ball easily.
- The kneading, although an unusual technique for biscuits, will help them to rise taller and fluffier, so don't skip it.
- Flatten the dough into a square that is about 6" x 6" or so.
- Cut into 9 squares.
- If you prefer, you can use a biscuit cutter and cut them into circles, but the stamps worked well on the square biscuits.
- Lightly brush food coloring onto your foam stamps.
- If you have puddles of food coloring on the stamp it will bleed once pressed onto the dough (see top picture.) So, be sure to brush off any excess coloring.
- Turn the foam stamp upside down and press the painted side onto the dough.
- Hold for a few seconds then carefully pull it straight up and away from the biscuit leaving a nice clean imprint.
- The stamp set that I used allowed for two colors to be painted on most of the stamps.
- I used the larger biscuits to stamp USA and the smaller corner pieces were stamped with the star.
- The star stamp doesn't allow for two colors, so I just used the red food coloring to paint inside the star directly onto the biscuit dough.
- If you have artistic talent, you could just use the food coloring to paint your own designs onto the dough.
- Place the biscuits on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes until golden brown, rotating the pan halfway through the baking cycle.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.
- You can make and decorate your biscuits, cover the baking sheet with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for up to 2 hours before baking if you want to bake just before serving.
- If taking to a potluck, allow biscuits to cool completely before arranging in a basket and wrapping them in plastic wrap.
- I've not doubled this recipe, and due to the kneading would suggest making one batch at a time, if you need more than 9 biscuits.
If you're looking for other 4th of July Recipes, click the link and explore all my other Independence Day inspired food.