Thursday, November 11, 2010

Dad, Veteran's Day and Patriotic Polka Dot Cookies

 This post is my humble attempt to pay tribute and extend appreciation to all the veterans and current military for their sacrifice and service to our country. This is a photo of my dad as a sailor:)  He's a member of the "greatest generation" and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. I'm happy that he will be in my home for Thanksgiving so that I can show him this post and thank him in person. He will also be able to refresh my memory regarding the details of his service. Thanks, Dad!  I love you. XOXO
The Soldier
It is the soldier, not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the soldier,
who salutes the flag,
who serves under the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
who allows the protester to burn the flag.
By Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, USMC
Of course my dad was given top billing today, but I had to whip up something sweet to honor the military on this Veteran's Day.  Last week I came upon some Polka Dot Cookies(originally from Betty Crocker) on Tina's fabulous blog "Mommy's Kitchen" and thought they would be easy to transform into a patriotic treat.I was right.  It seems everything looks sharp in red, white and blue.  I had a huge bag of m&m's and had to  pick out some blue and red ones for the cookies. (I should have also picked out some green ones, and made half the cookies red and green to store in the freezer for Christmas!) I also added a handful of white chocolate chips into the mix.  You can't pay tribute to the red, white and blue without the white:)
Polka Dot Cookies

1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup butter or margarine, softened (2 sticks)
1 cup shortening
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups candy-coated chocolate candies (m&m s) (I added a little less and supplemented with the white chocolate chips.)

Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat sugars, butter, shortening, vanilla and eggs with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon, until well blended. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in candies. Drop dough by 1/4 cupfuls about 3 inches apart onto ungreased large cookie sheet. Bake 12 to 16 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 3 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. 
 These cookies are delicious and do look patriotic:)  Of course you can add different colored m&m's to fit any holiday.  The Polka Dot cookies definitely have a classic "crowd pleaser" taste and appeal!

Happy Veteran's Day!

This post is linked up with: Lovin' it Fridays


  1. Sue, tell your dad thanks for his service as a Marine from me when you see him. I have never seen that poem before and it made me cry. Your cookies are so cute and patriotic -- just perfect for Veteran's Day! Joni

  2. Sue, I also meant to say what a handsome man he was! Joni

  3. I think Jesse looks SO much like your dad! Those cookies look so good, just like everything on here!

  4. I agree about the resemblance, Kara!

  5. Aw, this is such a lovely tribute! (My husband and much of his family are veterans, too, sniffle.)

  6. Love your polkadot cookies, and your recognition of Veteran's Day :) I just got back from our town's Veteran's Parade and love seeing all the patriotism!

  7. Those are cute. They must taste amazing! :) Petra

  8. Sue, please give your father thanks from me for his service! I'm hoping he will tell you about his experience. We have several in our family who served during the war in Europe and the Philippines and they refused to talk about it. My husband and brother served much later. Your dad was definitely a good looking sailor!

  9. I second your post I have a great deal of respect for those who serve and protect our countries.

    Oh - Polka dot cookies - always cute.

  10. That is a great post Sue. I wish my dad was still alive he too served in the military. I miss him so much. They cookies are great and I love all the patriotic colors.

  11. I love pretty cookies! I remember veterans day because it is my wedding anniversary!

  12. Those look DELICIOUS! And please thank your dad for me, for helping to preserve our freedom :)

  13. Your dad is a very handsome man...We all owe him a great deal of thanks for all he and all of our Military personal has done for us. the cookies look wonderful and I know if my Veteran father was still around he would be thrilled to enjoy them with me.

  14. What a fun way to celebrate the day!

  15. Sue this post really touched me. A tribute to your dad today is so sweet.


  16. Sue your pictures are always so wonderful. I love the polka dot plate surrounded by all of those polka dot cookies.

    Give your dad a hug from me for all of us Americans who love and honor our servicemen. My dad served in WWII too but he has been gone for 15 years now. There are not many left.

  17. If you had a "Like" button for this post I would have pressed it. ;-)

  18. I love the cookies on the polka dot plate. I really appreciate your wonderful tribute.

  19. Thank you dad for his service from me and our family. You are truly a Patriot!

    Thank you for this post!

  20. What a wonderful tribute. How lovely that your Dad is coming to visit. I know you are very proud of him, both as a father and as a soldier. We all owe a huge debt of gratitude and respect for all those who have served and who continue to serve, everywhere to protect our rights and freedoms/

  21. Those cookies look utterly amazing, this really is the best way to pay tribute I think!