The rocket’s red glare won’t be the only awe-inspiring sight this Fourth of July — imagine the amazement and awe when you bite into a candy bar and see the broad stripes and bright stars of the American Flag! These red, white and blue layered candy bars are sure to be a great hit at any barbecue. They may even outshine a few fireworks.
2 cups sugar
2/3 cup corn syrup
1/2 cup water
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon flavored extract of your choosing
Blue food coloring
Striped cookie base:
1/2 cup + 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 cups + 3 tablespoons flour
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
Red food coloring
White food coloring
Begin by making the nougat
Turn heat to high and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 248 degrees F, or until it forms a firm ball when dropped into cold water.
Slowly pour the hot syrup into the beaten egg whites. Beat the mixture constantly while pouring the syrup into the whites.
Turn the candy onto a buttered slab or platter. Allow to cool.
Make the cookie dough while nougat is cooling
Roll out each portion between parchment paper to a thickness of about 1/16 inch. Refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes.
Place dough on a lightly floured surface. Cut the dough into 3 x 3/4-inch bars.
Pierce each cookie four or five times with a chopstick or the base of a thermometer.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake until golden around the edges, about 8-15 minutes, depending on the size of the cookies.
Assemble the candy bars
Dust nougat with powdered sugar and cut the nougat into the same shapes as the candy bars and stack on top.
Place two-thirds of the chocolate in a double boiler. Melt slowly to 107 degrees F. Remove from heat and stir until it reaches 110 degrees F. Add in remaining one-third of chocolate and stir to combine until the mixture reaches 90-93 degrees F. Use immediately.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Place a candy bar on a fork and proceed to spoon the tempered chocolate over it, covering completely.
Set completed candy bar on the sheet.
Repeat with the remaining candy bars. Place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator to set the chocolate.