You don't normally hear from me on a Sunday, but I am just popping in to quickly wish my friends here in the United States a happy 4th of July and leave you with a little something to finish your festivities with a ‘Bang!'  And for my friends outside of the US, you could easily tailor these cookies to celebrate with your special colors. These Sparkler Sugar Cookies have made several appearances at our 4th of July parties and when mom told me that we might be a few desserts short this year, I knew exactly what I could whip up. The inspiration for this recipe came from Martha Stewart, though I use my favorite sugar cookie recipe.

Choose your favorite sugar cookies recipe, or use the one I use from Bon Appetit.  I find it is reliable, delicious and very white blue cookies3

Once your sugar cookies are prepared, then it's just a matter of preparing your royal icing. For this recipe, you want your icing to be on the thin side…the consistency of cream or syrup is ideal.

N&N Tip: Use sandwich ziplock bags with a corner cut out and insert your pastry tips in the end.  

Easy recipes and instructions to make and decorate sugar cookies to celebrate the 4th of July. Could easily be altered to use your favorite colors.I flood my cookies with the white icing and then draw bulls eyes with red, blue and a combination of both. I used a #2 and and #3 tip for my two different color icings.  If I had two #2 tips I would have used them for both colors as I think the #3 is just a tad too big.

Then the fun starts…start dragging a toothpick out from the center of the cookie…starting at the center-most bull's eye out to the edge of the cookie. Wipe your toothpick off after each swipe and repeat this process, pulling out from the center. The GIF below makes it look like I went from one outside end to the other…but I didn't.  Definitely only go 1/2 of the circle radius for each swipe. You can stop there, or you can then reverse your ‘pull' and then come back in from the edge to the center. Easy recipes and instructions to make and decorate sugar cookies to celebrate the 4th of July. Could easily be altered to use your favorite colors.


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Sugar Cookies

A basic, but delicious and reliable sugar cookie recipe
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cookies, sugar cookies, patriotic, red white blue, fourth of july
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 40 cookies
Calories 59 kcal
Author Bon Apppetit


  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • Sprinkles/decorations
  • Royal Icing


  1. Using electric mixer, beat butter in large bowl at medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add sugar and salt and beat until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add egg; beat until well blended, about 1 minutes.
  4. Reduce speed to low and beat in vanilla.
  5. Add flour and beat on low speed just to blend.
  6. Gather dough into ball; divide in half.
  7. Form each half into ball and flatten into disk.
  8. Wrap disks separately in plastic wrap and chill until firm, at least 4 hours.
  9. Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep Chilled.
  10. Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 350'F.
  11. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  12. Working with 1 disk at at time, roll out dough between 2 sheets of waxed paper to 1/8" thickness for smaller (2-inch) cookies and 1/4" thickness for larger (3- to 4-inch) cookies.
  13. Using decorative cookie cutters, cut out cookies and transfer to prepared sheets, spacing 1 inch apart.
  14. If cookies become too soft to transfer to baking sheets, place in freezer on waxed paper for 5 minutes before continuing.
  15. Gather scraps, roll out dough and cut more cookies, repeating until all dough is used.
  16. If not icing cookies, decorate with sprinkles or other toppings as desired.
  17. Bake 1 sheet at a time until cookies are firm on top and golden around edges, about 10-12 minutes for smaller cookies and up to 14 minutes for larger cookies.
  18. Cool completely on rack.
  19. Decorate with Royal Icing, then sprinkles or other toppings as desired.
  20. Let stand until icing sets.
  21. Can be made 4 days ahead.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Sugar Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 59 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 41mg 2%
Potassium 8mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Sugars 2g
Vitamin A 1.9%
Calcium 0.2%
Iron 1.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Easy recipes and instructions to make and decorate sugar cookies to celebrate the 4th of July. Could easily be altered to use your favorite colors.

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Flood Icing

An icing perfect to flood cookies...not for edging cookies
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword icing, royal icing, flood, cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 cups
Calories 467 kcal
Author the Kitchn


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3-4 tablespoons warm water start with 3 and add as needed
  • Food coloring optional


  1. Place powdered sugar in your mixer (I like my wisk attachment, but use what you like)
  2. Mix lemon juice into warm water.
  3. Add water/lemon juice mixture to powdered sugar and blend
  4. It should be the consistency of syrup.
  5. Divide into containers and color as desired

Recipe Notes

Adapted from The Kitchn

Nutrition Facts
Flood Icing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 467
% Daily Value*
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 119g 40%
Sugars 117g
Vitamin C 1.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Easy recipes and instructions to make and decorate sugar cookies to celebrate the 4th of July. Could easily be altered to use your favorite colors.

Once you've finished decorating the cookies, set them aside to dry and keep them in an air tight container until you serve them…preferably while the  fireworks are going off!

Red, White and Blue Sparkler Sugar CookiesEasy recipes and instructions to make and decorate sugar cookies to celebrate the 4th of July. Could easily be altered to use your favorite colors.


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  1. Cathy Lawdanski

    July 3, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    These look so good, Lynn! Love the “video”!

    • lynn

      July 7, 2016 at 8:28 pm

      Hi Cathy…thanks for stopping by and thanks for watching my little video. It was fun to make and the cookies were so yummy to eat! They were quite a big hit at our party.
      Wishing you a great weekend.
      Hugs, Lynn

  2. Mary-the boondocks blog

    July 4, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Pinned twice once for me and once for my daughter. That’s how good these look. I love the design that you have created. Little works of art!

    • lynn

      July 7, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      Thanks Mary…they were quite a hit at our party and I’m looking forward to making similar ones for other occasions, in different colors! And I’m honored that your daughter, the pastry chef, may be interested in my little cookies! Hugs, LYnn

  3. linda

    July 5, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Thanks for the icing recipe and the video! We love pretty cookies at our house.

    • lynn

      July 7, 2016 at 8:57 pm

      Hi Linda…I hope you get a chance to make them sometime soon. They were fun to make and tasty to eat too.So glad you were able to stop by today. Hugs, Lynn


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