4th of July Cookies

4th of July CookiesSugar cookies are the perfect thing to bring to your 4th of July barbeque! You don’t have to worry about these 4th of July cookies melting in the heat, like you do with chocolate based desserts. And, they are sure to bring a wow factor to your red, white and blue tablescape!

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With some red, white and blue royal icing, there are endless possibilities for patriotism!

Hint: Red icing can be hard to make, but if you use gel colorings, you will have a lot more success.  I use  Americolor brand gel colors.  Be aware that when you are mixing red, you will need a lot of the color. (I have written my basics for royal icing in this post over on my blog).

You don’t need to have special cookie cutters either.  I started out by grabbing some Valentine cutters.

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And just as I was about to make some white stripes to make a heart flag, I thought I’d go the extra (insane) mile.  Just a few patriotic lyrics to mimic the lines on the flag.

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Then, I got out my alphabet cookie cutter set and with some simple stars and stripes, they look festive and fun!

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 And almost any basic shape can be a 4th of July cookie if you decorate it that way…

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Nope, I didn’t have any 4th of July sprinkles, but I’m not afraid to use Valentine hearts, or pick through my sprinkles to find all of the white stars or red, white and blue sugar pearls.

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 This was a Halloween coffin cookie cutter, made into a firework.

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 And a flip flop can always be turned into a 4th of July flip flop… Ask Old Navy!

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 But a simple star cookie cutter won’t be hard to find these days. I opted to use star sprinkles rather than make itty-bitty stars with royal icing.

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 Yes, sticking with stars and stripes is bound to make a great statement!

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 So go ahead and volunteer to bring dessert to that barbeque.  You can SO do these!

If you would like to reference more in-depth techniques, visit me on my blog and click on the cookies category!

 I hope you all have a happy and safe Independence Day!

This idea originally published on Somewhat Simple in June 2011

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  1. These cookies are fabulous! Makes me want to actually go and make some right now!

  2. Melissa says:

    Can you half the recipe for the sugar cookies??

    These 4th of July cookies are amazing!!

  3. We have made cut out cookies for every holiday but Forth of July….I think we’ll have to make some this year!! :)
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. These are adorable! I love making sugar cookies but I don’t think I have ever made mine this detailed! Wow! Have you seen the cookies on this month’s Martha Stewart mag?

  5. These cookies are too gorgeous to eat!! HAHA!! They look fabulous!

  6. These look great. I’ve been in the mood to make something… Perhaps these will be it!

  7. These cookies are amazing! I especially love the heart flag with the word written on it. I can’t help but wonder how long that took to make. Great job! Lisa~

  8. I love these! They’re gorgeous! I featured your cookies on my blog today, thank you for sharing your idea! http://newcombhome.blogspot.com/2011/06/fourth-of-july-faves.html

  9. WOWzers!! These cookies are aMAZing and so aDORable!!! Please post this and all your other patriotic/Americana posts at my Patriotic Linky party going on right now. If I had a prize to give, you would definitely get the Blue Ribbon!!! Hmmm, I just gave myself and idea :)

  10. I adore these cookies and was wondering what you used in the squeeze bottles for frosting?

  11. Wow…those are amazing!!! The itty bitty letters!!! So adorable :)

  12. Absolutely priceless docrations! Too pretty to eat – but I have 2 granddaughters who would try. Thanks for sharing your talen. Happy 4th!

    Linda@Tumbleweed Contessa