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4th of July Sugar Cookies with Sprinkles

These 4th of July cookies are decorated with the colors of the American flag, turning a table into a centerpiece of patriotic celebration.


Summer is in full swing and the Fourth of July is just around the corner. It’s a time for backyard barbecues, pool parties, and of course, delicious desserts.

And what better way to celebrate America’s birthday than with some festive 4th of July sugar cookies?

These tasty treats are sure to add some patriotic flair to your celebrations while satisfying everyone’s sweet tooth.

As we gear up for the festivities, it’s important to take a moment to reflect on the history and significance of this special day.

It’s a time for us to come together as a nation, celebrate our freedom, and honor the brave men and women who fought for it.

fourth of july sugar cookies

These red, white, and blue sugar cookies serve as a sweet tribute to this historic event. They embody the colors of the American flag, with some very sassy sprinkles on top.

These delicious treats are not only a delight to the taste buds but also a beautiful addition to your summer spread. So get baking, and enjoy the sweet taste of freedom!

Tips for Making Delicious Cookies

Before you dive into this recipe, I’ve got some tips for you on making the best (and tastiest) cookies. If you’re interested, check them out. Otherwise scroll to the bottom for the recipe.

Use Quality Ingredients

Use high-quality, fresh ingredients for the best cookie flavor and texture. You’ll for sure want to get fresh eggs, good quality butter, and pure vanilla extract (instead of imitation).

Measure Precisely

Flour is often the main dry ingredient in these cookies. Measure using the scoop-and-level method, as adding too much flour can result in dry baked goods.

4th of july sugar cookie recipe

Bring Cold Ingredients to Room Temp

Bring ingredients like butter, eggs, and milk to room temperature before mixing. They will incorporate better, resulting in smoother batter and soft cookies. They don’t need to be warm; slightly cool to room temp is fine.

Avoid Overmixing

Mix the batter just until ingredients are combined, or the dry disappears into the wet. Overmixing can result in tough cookies.

Chill the Dough

Chilling the cookie dough in the fridge for the specified time (or even overnight) before baking allows the flavors to meld and the fats to solidify. This results in cookies with better flavor and texture. It also prevents them from spreading too much during baking.

Look for Golden Edges

Unless the recipe says otherwise, the edges of the cookies should turn a golden brown while the center remains slightly soft. This balance ensures a chewy texture without overbaking.

Cool Before Transferring

Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. This helps them set and avoids them becoming too fragile and crumbling apart.

4th of july decorated sugar cookies

Remember, practicing and experimenting will help you perfect your cookie baking skills over time. Have fun and enjoy the process of creating delicious baked goods! Here’s what you’re going to need for these 4th of July sugar cookies.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • Red and blue gel food coloring
  • Assortment of red, white, and blue sprinkles

Tips and Thoughts for This Recipe

Use gel food coloring rather than liquid, as it produces brighter and more vibrant colors.

After the dough is removed from the fridge, it quickly starts warming back up and can become harder to work with.

To ensure the cookies stay round as you cut them, you can either cut them as is and try to re-round them using your fingers, or re-roll the dough a bit after each couple of slices.

These cookies and their colors can be made and changed for any holiday! Such as red and green for Christmas, green and orange for Halloween, etc.

red white and blue sugar cookies

Store the cooled cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. You can also freeze the baked cookies for up to a month.

fourth of july decorated sugar cookies

These would be SO cute for a summer bake sale! Get the printable recipe for these cookies below:

Yield: 24 - 26 cookies

4th of July Sugar Cookies


These red, white, and blue cookies are perfect for the Fourth of July! They're easy to make the day before and then bake, too.

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • Red and blue gel food coloring
  • Assortment of red, white, and blue sprinkles


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.Flour, baking soda, and salt whisked together in a bowl
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.Butter and sugar together in a metal bowl
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat until fully incorporated. Mix in the vanilla and almond extract.Eggs and extracts added to the creamed butter and sugar
  4. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.Flour slowly being added to the wet ingredients
  5. Divide the dough into three equal parts (about 3/4 cup each).Dough divided into three equal parts
  6. Add red gel food coloring to one part and blue gel food coloring to another part, leaving the third part plain. This can be done in your mixer or kneaded with your hands or a spoon.Cookie dough in three containers that is red, white, and blue
  7. Roll each dough ball into a log (each about 12 inches long) and place them together (2 logs on the bottom and 1 log on top in the middle). Gently press the logs together and twist to create a swirled effect.roll into a log and twist
  8. Once twisted together, compress the log until it’s 8-9 inches in length and about 2½-3 inches in diameter. Tightly wrap in plastic.compress dough and wrap in plastic wrap
  9. Chill the dough log in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or until firm. To prevent 1 side from being flat, chill dough vertically in a tall cup.Dough stored vertically in two cups
  10. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.Preheating the oven
  11. Slice the dough into 1/4-inch thick rounds and place them on the prepared baking sheet, spacing 2-inches apart. Top with sprinkles.
  12. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies are firm.Baked red white and blue cookies on a baking sheet
  13. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.Transferring the cookies to a wire rack with a spatula to cool


Nutritional information is for two dozen cookies. The recipe may make more.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 112Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 101mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g

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