Red White And Blue Cookies are the best patriotic cookies for the holidays. These pinwheel cookies have just the right amount of sweetness and look so fun and festive.
Fourth of July is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to start thinking about all of the fun, patriotic things you can do to celebrate! One of our favorite traditions is making red, white, and blue cookies. They’re really easy to make and everyone always loves them. Plus, they’re perfect for any Independence Day gathering.
Key Ingredients You’ll Need
- Butter- Use unsalted butter for the best results. Even though you will be adding salt to the batter, you can control the amount of salt when you use unsalted butter.
- flour- All purpose flour is the best for making cookies.
- red and blue gel food coloring – This is how you will get the colored cookie dough. I like gel rather than liquid food coloring.
How To Make Red White And Blue Cookies
Beat together butter and sugar until it is smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla.
Slowly add in the flour, baking powder and salt. Beat until it forms a dough. Split the dough into 3 bowls.
Add food coloring to 2 of the bowls, making one bowl red and one bowl blue. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.
Roll blue dough out on a floured surface. Repeat with white dough and place it on top of the blue. Do this with the red dough. Roll the three colors of dough together into a large log.
Using your hands, form the log if needed. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
Next, cut 1/2-inch slices of the dough and place them on a baking sheet.
Then, bake for 15 minutes.
How to Store Cookies
Store the red, white and blue cookies in an airtight container. Keep the cookies at room temperature and can be kept for about a week.
These cookies can also be moved to a freezer bag and kept in the a freezer bag or an airtight container. The cookies will last for up to 3 months in the freezer.
Cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week. If you want to freeze them, place them in a freezer-safe bag or container and store for up to 3 months.
Can I Add Flavoring to the Cookies
These cookies are a sugar cookie flavor but you can easily add other flavors. Using different extracts and liquid flavoring can change the flavors of the cookies. You can do something as simple as using almond extract or adding blue raspberry to the cookies. Any flavors that you like can be added to the cookie batter.
While you can add as many flavors as you like, I like to stick to one or two at the most because it can get overwhelming and the flavors get muddled.
More 4th of July Treats
- 4th of July Rice Krispie Treats
- Red White and Blue Jello
- 4th of July Cheesecake (No-Bake)
- Mini 4th of July Brownies
Red, White and Blue Cookies
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 3/4 sticks butter softened
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 tsp salt
- red and blue gel food coloring
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar together until smooth.
- Add eggs and vanilla. Beat until well-blended.
- Add flour, baking powder, and salt together. Beat until dough forms.
- Split the dough into three bowls.
- Add red food coloring to one until the desired color is reached. Repeat for the blue food coloring.
- Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.
- Roll blue dough out on a floured surface to form a 12-inch by 12-inch square.
- Repeat with white dough and carefully place it on top of the blue.
- Repeat with the red dough, carefully placing it on top of the white.
- Gently roll the three colors of dough together into a large log.
- Using your hands, form the log if needed. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
- Using a sharp knife, cut 1/2-inch slices of the dough and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper at least 2 inches apart.
- Place on a greased baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.