Happy 245th birthday America! This year July 4th proves to be an extra special event to celebrate the country’s birthday. As the summer progresses and most activities are returning to the new normal, we crave old fashioned traditions. For us, that includes red, white, and blue cookies for July 4th! You can decorate these patriotic cookies in solid colors or mix it up and get a little creative with different designs. We decided to decorate cookies both ways. Get in the holiday spirit and make cookies for your July 4th celebration this year.

Supplies needed to make Cookies for July 4th

Cookies for July 4th
  • Classic rolled sugar cookie recipe
  • Royal icing recipe in red, white and blue
  • Cookie cutter shapes: Letters, numbers, stars
  • White sanding sugar crystals

Steps to make the JULY cookies:

Outline with blue pipe consistency icing.
Fill with blue flood consistency icing.
Using white and red pipe consistency icing, add alternate colored stripes.
While the icing is still wet, take a scribe tool or toothpick and gently drag it through the icing up and down the cookie. Clean the tool after each drag.

Outline with white pipe consistency icing.
Fill with white flood consistency icing.
Add red and blue dots with using flood consistency icing.
Finally, outline the cookie using red pipe consistency icing.

Outline with red pipe consistency icing.
Fill with red flood consistency icing.
Add stripe pattern with white pipe consistency icing.
Finish by adding blue stripes using pipe consistency icing.

First, outline with blue pipe consistency icing.
Next, fill with blue flood consistency icing.
Add an outline with white pipe consistency icing.
Finally, add a red line curling at the ends using pipe consistency icing.

Steps to make the number 4 cookie:

Outline the 4 with blue pipe consistency icing.
Fill with blue flood consistency icing. Allow to dry overnight.
Pipe the outline and center triangle of the 4 using white pipe consistency icing.
While the outline icing is still wet, sprinkle white sanding crystals.

Steps to make star cookies:

Outline the stars in red, white and blue pipe consistency icing.
Fill the red star with flood consistency icing.
Next, outline the inside of the star using white and blue pipe consistency icing.
While the icing is still wet, drag a scribe tool from the center of the star to the points, and from in between the points toward the center of the star. Clean the tool after each drag. Fill the white cookie with flood consistency icing.
Using red and blue pipe consistency icing, add alternating stripes on the white star.
Drag the scribe tool up and down the white star cleaning the tool in between each swipe.
Outline the white star with red pipe consistency icing. Fill the blue star with flood consistency icing.
Using red and white flood consistency icing add alternate dots on the blue star cookie.
Using a scribe tool gently drag from the star point to the center.
Finally, add white decorative dots.

Now you have a complete set of cookies to share for July 4th!

For variation we also made solid red, white, and blue star cookies in various sizes. We also added the numbers 1776 to mark the founding year of America.

Cookies for July 4th

Watch this video to see how we made Cookies for July 4th: