These 4th of July Sugar Cookies will be the perfect treat for Fourth of July or Memorial Day. The royal icing looks stunning and makes a festive cookie.

4th of July sugar cookies on a platter.
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4th of July Sugar Cookies

Impress your friends and family with these fabulous 4th of July cookies decorated in red, white and blue. The star shaped cookies are so tasty and look amazing.

They are really fun to decorate and anyone can make these. While they look like bakery quality, they are simple to make.

Ingredients for 4th of July sugar cookies.

Sugar Cookie Ingredients:

  • flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • unsalted butter, softened at room temperature 
  • granulated sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract 

Sugar Cookie Icing Ingredients:

  • egg whites
  • powdered sugar
  • cream of tartar
  • Gel Food Coloring

Process of making cookie dough.

How to make 4th of July Sugar Cookies:

  • Preheat the oven. It should be set to 325 degrees F. 
  • Cream the butter and sugar. Make sure the butter has softened and cream with the sugar. Continue to mix in a large bowl until the combination is smooth and not grainy to the touch in a mixing bowl.
  • Add the eggs to the mixture. Add all 4 eggs at one time. Continue to mix.
  • Add the vanilla extract.  Continue mixing with the other ingredients.
  • Sift the dry ingredients. Next, the four, baking powder, and salt need to be sifted together.
  • Combine the ingredients. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture.
  • Mix until well blended. Continue mixing to make sure all ingredients are thoroughly blended.

Don’t over mix.

  • Roll the dough into a ball. Wrap it in plastic wrap completely covering the entire dough ball.
  • Refrigerate the dough. Put the dough in the refrigerator for about 6 hours or overnight. Check to see if the dough is firm.
  • Allow the dough to soften. After it has been refrigerated, pull the cookie dough out of the refrigerator and sit it out to soften up a bit.
  • Flour the working surfaces. Put flour out on the wood cutting board, rub flour on the rolling pin, and work some flour into the batter if needed.
  • ​​Roll the dough. Use the cutting board and use a star cookie cutter to cut out the cookies.  
Cutting out star cookies.
  • Line the cookie sheet. Use parchment paper to line the baking sheet. Using a metal spatula move the cut cookies to the parchment lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake the cookies. They should bake at 325 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes until the cookies are lightly browned around the edges.  Check to see if the cookies are thoroughly baked.
  • Remove the cookies. Next, take the cookies off of the cookie sheet and put on a wire rack to cool completely. This normally takes about 10 minutes but I often leave them for 30 minutes.

Mixing icing and putting in piping bags.

How to make Icing:

  • Use a stand mixer or hand mixer to combine the ingredients. Combine all the ingredients (except the food coloring) in a mixing bowl mixing on medium speed for 4 minutes.

    If icing is not stiff enough add ¼ C powder sugar until the icing is to a 15 second consistency.  Which means that when you slice a spatula across the top of the icing, it would take 15 seconds to disappear.
  • Separate the icing. Use 3 small bowls and separate the icing.  Mix the icing with the red, white and blue gel food coloring.  

How to decorate the 4th of July Sugar Cookies

  • Place into piping bags. Place approximately half of each icing in piping bags and place the icing on the cookies. Let this icing cool completely for about 2 to 3 hours.
  • Finish decorating the cookies. Place the remaining white icing in a decorated bag fitted with tip #1 and use it to decorate the cookies based on your preference. 

    I love making the stars look like flags or top with patriotic stripes, dots or more stars.  Allow the icing to cool completely for 2 to 3 hours. Do not cover the cookies while the icing is cooling. 
4th of July sugar cookies on a platter.
4th of July sugar cookies on a platter.

How long do decorated sugar cookies keep?

They will keep up to 5 to 7 days. Just store at room temperature inside an airtight container.

Also, make sure the icing has cooled completely before storing.

4th of July sugar cookies on a platter.

Why is my icing too thick or too thin?

If the icing is too thin, it is likely due to excessive air in the icing. As a result, this occurs when air bubbles form during mixing.

In order to prevent this from happening, mix the icing using the low speed. Also, pop any air bubbles you spot.

Another culprit could be a result of not enough powdered sugar. Try adding ¼ cup powdered sugar to the mixture until it is at a 15 second consistency.

This means that when you slice a spatula across the icing, it takes 15 seconds to disappear.

However, if you have the opposite issue and the icing is too thick, try adding water to the icing in small increments. Continue to do this until it is the desired consistency.

Fourth of July sugar cookies tips:

  • The icing needs to cool completely before adding the final decorations.
  • Do not overmix the cookie dough batter or icing. The consistency will not be the same.
  • Make sure to roll the cookie dough about ½ inch thick.

4th of July sugar cookies on a platter.
4th of July sugar cookies on a platter.

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4th of July Sugar Cookies

5 from 3 votes
These 4th of July Sugar Cookies will be the perfect treat fourth of July or Memorial Day. The royal icing look stunning and it's easy.
Prep Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cool Completely / Let Icing Harden 2 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 50 minutes
Servings 36
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 195

Ingredients

Instructions

  • COOKIE INSTRUCTIONS:
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Cream the soft butter with the sugar until the combination is smooth and not grainy to the touch in a mixing bowl.
  • Add all 4 eggs at one time. Continue to mix.
  • Then add in the vanilla extract.  Continue mixing.
  • Sift the four, baking powder, and salt together.
  • Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture. Continue mixing to make sure all ingredients are thoroughly blended.
  • Roll the dough into a ball, wrap it in cling wrap completely covering the entire dough ball. Put the dough in the refrigerator for about 6 hours or overnight. Check to see if the dough is firm. Then pull the cookie dough out of the refrigerator and sit it out to soften up a bit.
  • Put flour out on the wood cutting board, rub flour on the rolling pin, and work some flour into the batter (if needed). ​​
  • Roll the dough out on the cutting board and use a star cookie cutter to cut out bunny-shape cookies.
  • Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Using a metal spatula move the cut cookies to the parchment lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 325 degrees F for 8-10 minutes until the cookies are lightly browned around the edges.
  • Check to see if the cookies are thoroughly baked.
  • Take the cookies off of the cookie sheet and put on a wire rack to cool completely.(About 10 minutes).
  • ICING INSTRUCTIONS:
  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl mixing on medium speed for 4 minutes. (except your food coloring). If icing is not stiff enough add ¼ C powder sugar until the icing is to a 15 second consistency.  Which means that when you slice a spatula across the top of the icing, it would take 15 seconds to disappear.
  • Separate the icing into 3 small bowls.  Mix the icing with the red, white and blue gel food coloring.
  • Place the approximately half of each icing in piping bags and place the icing on the cookies.  Let this icing cool completely (2-3 hours).  Then place the remaining icing in a decorated bag fitted with tip #1 and use it to decorate the cookies based on your preference.
  • I love making the stars look like flags or top with patriotic stripes, dots or more stars.
  • Allow the icing to cool completely (2-3 hours).
  • Do not cover the cookies while the icing is cooling.
  • After the icing has cooled completely, store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 5-7 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 195kcal, Carbohydrates 28g, Protein 3g, Fat 8g, Saturated Fat 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 2g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 39mg, Sodium 99mg, Potassium 38mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 14g, Vitamin A 263IU, Calcium 21mg, Iron 1mg

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