So this started four days ago . . .
And the chairs go on and on, block after loooong suburban block . . .
I don’t quite understand the local phenomenon of staking out chair space a week before a parade that will take place in 100°F-weather, but I certainly give these Fourth of July zealots credit for marking their territory with such festive flair, LOL . . .
Seriously though, rather than closely guarding coveted parade-watching space, I'd much rather be sharing sweet moments with family and friends in the comfort of my air-conditioned home. And what better sweet things to share than beautifully decorated patriotic cookies?!
With that thought in mind, I leave you tonight with the top-trending Fourth of July cookies from this past week. May this hot list* bring you plenty of inspiration for treats to enjoy with your loved ones. There's still plenty of time to bake before the fireworks start sounding . . . just be sure to keep the A/C cranked and a cool, calm mood in the air. No fighting over front-row seats, please!
#1: Fireworks on Stars by KellyMadeThat
#2: Stars by Sweet Prodigy
#3: Blue for You by Teri Pringle Wood
#4: United States of Flowers by Zeena [EDITOR'S NOTE: Made by the talented @Zeena for a previous Cookie Connection challenge, this cookie sings "America the Beautiful" to me! Because it so uniquely conveys the Independence Day spirit, I just had to choose it for this week's cover spot! ~JMU]
#7: Happy 4th! by The Cookie Monger
#8: Patriotic Hearts by Cookies on Cambridge [EDITOR'S NOTE: You should recognize these stunning cookies from this month's site banner and backdrop. Congrats again to @Cookies on Cambridge for being our July featured site artist. Please stay tuned for her in-depth Cookier Close-up interview, which should come later this month or early August at the latest. ~JMU]
#10: Stars and Stripes and Doves of Peace by Melissa Joy Fanciful Cookies
Thanks to all of our honorees for their wonderfully patriotic contributions! And if I don't "see" the rest of you before next Tuesday, have a great Fourth of July (if you celebrate).
P.S. I wanted to point out that many of this week's featured cookies first posted several years ago, yet they are still trending quite high - hail to the power of a great decorated cookie!
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