These easy red white and blue cookies are the perfect patriotic dessert for potlucks, summer parties, or holidays like Memorial Day and Fourth of July! This simple marbling decorating technique requires no icing, just food coloring! Try this fun and simple treat today!
How cute are these red, white, and blue cookies?! They use regular roll out sugar cookie dough and a simple marble technique making them a delicious treat for Memorial Day or 4th of July. Try them on this fun 4th of July cake!
How to Make
Step 1: Color Cookie Dough
These cookies are super easy to make. You take a batch of sugar cookie dough and divide it into three parts. Then, you color one part red, one part blue. You can color the third part white as I’ve done, or you can leave it plain.
Step 2: Chill and Roll Dough
Chill the dough for about an hour. Once it’s chilled you break each color into pieces pieces and push it together. Then, roll it out.
The fun part about these cookies is that you can do different marbling techniques. The one thing you do not want to do is over mix. I mix it together, rolled it out, and then fold it, and rolled it out again.
Step 3: Cut and Bake Cookies
Then, I cut my first batch of cookies. Once cut, put on a new parchment or silicone mat lined baking sheet and bake according to cookie dough instruction (typically about 8-12 minutes in a pre-heated 350℉ oven, depending on your recipe and the size of the cookies).
Using the scraps I cut out the second batch, which still looked red, white, and blue. By the third batch of re-rolling out the scraps, the dough was pretty purple. It still looked cool, but it was no longer patriotic.
Making Cookie Pops
These make really cute cookie pops for potlucks and Fourth of July or other parties where you want red, white and blue. They’re really easy to make. After you’ve cut out your cookie, use a candy stick to stick about ⅔ the way into the cookie. If one side gets broke, you can use a little extra dough to cover it up:
Then, you bake as you normally would.
Tips for Making These Red White and Blue Cookies
- For really bright colors, be sure to use gel food coloring. You can use liquid food coloring, but they won’t be nearly as vibrant.
- You can use any cut out sugar cookie dough recipe for these.
- If you’ve already chilled your dough and you have enough counter space you can marble and roll out all the dough at one time. I normally divide each color in half and do it in batches, so I’ll end up with two sheets of marbled cookie dough rolled out on two sheets of parchment or silicone mats. That way, I can cut out one while the other stays chilled in the fridge and I’m able to easily move the dough to the fridge if it gets too soft.
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Red White and Blue Cookies
- 1 batch Cut Out Sugar Cookie Dough
- Red, White, and Blue Gel Food Coloring (White Optional)
- Divide a batch of cut out sugar cookie dough into 3 parts.
- Color one part red, one blue, and if using white food coloring, color white.
- Separate each color into small to medium sized chunks. At this point you can either jumble them all together for one large sheet of rolled out cookie dough, or divide it in half for two half sheets of rolled out cookie dough.
- Once they're all pushed together, roll out the cookie dough. If it’s not marbled enough, fold over on itself and roll out again.
- Once you have your rolled out red, white, and blue cookie dough follow the cut-out sugar cookie dough instructions.
For Cookie Pops
- For cookie pops, roll the dough close to ½ thick so it's thick enough hold the candy stick.
- After cutting out a cookie but before baking, place a candy stick about ⅔ the way into the side of the cookie.
- If the stick starts to show, add a little more dough to reinforce it.
- Place on parchment or a silicone mat and bake following regular sugar cookie dough instructions.
Hi I love the look of this recipe, and would like to try it. However, I’ve had difficulty in the past with blue food coloring turning my baked goods a sickly green color – do you have a specific brand of gel coloring you use, and/or tips for coloring? Thanks!
Hi! I highly recommend gel food coloring rather than the liquid food coloring you find in the grocery store. AmeriColor and Chefmaster brand are very good and Wilton brand also works too.