Fourth of July Sugar Cookies

These Fourth of July sugar cookies are the perfect sweet treat to your holiday dessert table. Plus you get to impress people with your decorating skills.

Fourth of July Sugar Cookies by Nutmeg Nanny

There are certain things I’m completely scared of when it comes to baking. Two of those things are pretty decorated sugar cookies and anything containing yeast. I decided to stand up to one of my fears and see if I could manage to make a decent looking sugar cookie.

They are not award winning but I will still give myself a pat on the back . (Don’t judge to harshly…I’m just learning!)

Fourth of July Sugar Cookies by Nutmeg Nanny

Fourth of July Sugar Cookies by Nutmeg Nanny

I did stars for the Fourth of July but the technique can be used on any design of sugar cookie you desire.  I also want to throw out a HUGE thank you to Bridget of Bake at 350 for putting tutorials on her blog. If it wasn’t for her posts I wouldn’t have figured out what to do….thanks!

Fourth of July Sugar Cookies by Nutmeg Nanny


Fourth of July Sugar Cookies

These Fourth of July sugar cookies are the perfect sweet treat to your holiday dessert table. Plus you get to impress people with your decorating skills.

Yield: 2 -3 dozen decorated cookies

Prep Time: 120 minutes

Total Time: 120 minutes


For Sugar Cookies:
Make your favorite sugar cookie recipe (No favorite? Try Bridget’s Vanilla-Almond Sugar Cookies)

For Royal Icing:
4 tablespoons meringue powder
Scant 1/2 cup water
1 pound powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon light corn syrup

No-taste red gel food coloring
Blue gel food coloring

Source: Bake at 350


For Cookies:
Cut out star shape, bake and let cookies cool.

For Royal Icing:

Combine meringue powder and water in bowl of an electric mixer. With your paddle attachment beat until combined and foamy.

Sift powdered sugar into meringue mixture and beat on low to combine.

Add in corn syrup and increase speed to medium high for about 5 minutes. You want the icing to look glossy and have stiff peaks. A still peak will not fall if jiggled. Do not overbeat.

Dived icing evenly between three bowls.

Prepare a piping bag with a #3 tip. Fill bag with one bowl of white icing. This will be used for your outlining (Any leftover can be thinned and used to fill cookies if needed)

Add red coloring to one bowl and with rubber spatula stir until desired color is reached. Cover with plastic wrap touching the icing.

Add blue color to other bowl and with rubber spatula stir until desired color is reached. Cover with plastic wrap touch the icing.

Outline your cookies with stiff icing and let rest for at least an hour before you attempt to flood the cookies. If you want to have sprinkles around the edges you can dip wet outlined cookies into a bowl of sprinkles. These still need to dry before being flooded.

For Thinned Icing:

Add water to your icing a teaspoon at a time, stirring with a rubber spatula, until it is the consistency of syrup.

Cover with a damp dishtowel for several minutes. Run a rubber spatula through the icing to pop any air bubbles that have formed on top.

Put thinned icing into squeeze bottles.

For Flooding Cookies:

Gently squeeze flooded icing onto the cookies. Using a toothpick, spread the icing into the corners and edges of the cookie. Let cookies dry overnight.

For Decorating Cooking:

Dots: To add dots of different colors into your cookies you simply flood the cookie. Let it rest for a few minutes and then use another thinned icing color and squeeze little dots into the flooded cookie.

Swirls: Flood the cookies and let sit for a few minutes. Add a few dots onto the cookie and using a toothpick simply connect the dots (will make a heart shape) or just swirl lines into the cookie.

Sprinkles: Flood the cookies and sprinkle with sprinkles

Want to watch a video to see exactly how to thin your icing? Click here.

Want to watch a video to see exactly how to flood the cookies? Click here.

Want to watch a video to see exactly how to make royal icing? Click here.

25 Responses to “Fourth of July Sugar Cookies”

  1. #
    Maris(In Good Taste) — June 27, 2011 at 4:38 am

    I think they are award winning and definitely deserve an A for effort!

  2. #
    Erica — June 27, 2011 at 4:39 am

    These are SO pretty! Sugar cookies are actually my favorite kind of cookie, but I rarely make them. You should totally start experimenting with baking with yeast! It always made me nervous too, but there are so many great easy yeast bread outs there

  3. #
    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — June 27, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Your cookies are just gorgeous. You did an amazing job decorating them! 🙂

  4. #
    Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} — June 27, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I love making festive cookies for holidays! These are absolutely beautiful! You did a great job.

  5. #
    Blond Duck — June 27, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    See, I could never make cookies that looked like this. I’d have to use 2 tubs of icing.

  6. #
    Heather @girlichef — June 27, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Well, I think they look fantastic! I would love to serve…and eat…a platter of these beauties. If only I had the patience 😉

  7. #
    Katrina — June 27, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    They look great! Decorating cookies or cakes is not my specialty either.

  8. #
    Joanne — June 27, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    “decent looking”?!?!!? THese are adorable! And way better looking than any sugar cookie I’ve ever made!

  9. #
    EmandM — June 27, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Ahh!! those look so incredibly festive! Love the cookies =)

  10. #
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — June 27, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Your cookies look great!! 🙂

  11. #
    Marla — June 27, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Brandy these July 4th cookies are gorgeous. Go you with the perfect icing technique!

  12. #
    Feast on the Cheap — June 27, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Stunning, you’re already a pro! Just saw sugar cookies in Martha Stewart Living that look very similar – you’re totally ahead of the trend

  13. #
    Shelby — June 27, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    I think you did an awesome job!

  14. #
    Raina — June 27, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Like you, I have always wanted to make pretty cookies like these. I also just attempted them for the first time with the help of Bake at 350, and agree her sites are so helpful and her cooke recipe is delish! Your cookies came out beautiful. They are so perfect for the Fourth:)

  15. #
    Veronica — June 28, 2011 at 1:25 am

    Great job Brandy! You’re ready for the fair! 🙂

  16. #
    Emily @Cleanliness — June 28, 2011 at 9:15 am

    I think you did a rockin’ job!

  17. #
    Dana — June 28, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Not only were you able to decorate sugar cookies, but you MASTERED it! These are so beautiful!

  18. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — June 28, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Look at you! Yay Girl!! Sigh don’t we all want to be like Bridget when we grow up?! 🙂

  19. #
    Blond Duck — June 29, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Happy 4th!

  20. #
    Jeanette — June 29, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Wow, I am seriously impressed – these are beautiful, can’t believe these were your first time decorating sugar cookies!

  21. #
    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — June 30, 2011 at 9:55 am

    I can’t believe I haven’t commented on this post. These are adorable! Nice work!

  22. #
    Biren @ Roti n Rice — June 30, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Your star cookies are very pretty! Have a Happy 4th!

  23. #
    bridget {bake at 350} — July 1, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    They look great; love the STARS!!! It’s kind of addicting, isn’t it?

    You were so sweet to give me a shout-out…that made my night! Have a wonderful 4th of July!

  24. #
    Chaya — July 4, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    You did an outstanding job with these cookies. Don’t ever deny your artistic tendencies. You rock.


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