Red, White and Blue Donut Cookies

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You have to try Red, White and Blue Donut Cookies! The perfect treat for any patriotic occasion. These delicious sugar cookies are shaped and decorated to look like miniature donuts, with red, white and blue frosting and sprinkles. They’re sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike. Whether you’re celebrating Independence Day, Memorial Day or any other patriotic holiday, these cookies are a must-have.

Red, White and Blue Donut Cookies

These cookies are the perfect 4th of July treat. They’re sugar cookies in the shape of donuts, and they’re red, white and blue! These cookies are delicious and will make your Fourth of July celebration even more special. Eat them while watching fireworks or take them to a picnic – either way, you’ll love them.

Key Ingredients

  • Meringue Powder – I use Wilton. This gives the royal icing extra stability.
  • Karo Syrup– This is corn syrup. It gives the royal icing extra sheen and shine and helps with consistency.

How to Make Red, White and Blue Donut Cookies

Using a mixing bowl, beat the butter, sugar, and egg together. Add vanilla.

In another bowl, add the dry ingredients and then combine the mixtures.

Roll the cookie dough out over a piece of parchment paper and flour. Cut the donuts shapes out of the cookie dough.

Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown. Cool completely.

Make the royal icing

Beat together the water, powder and syrup together. Slowly add in the powdered sugar.

Seperate the icing into 3 bowls. Color one blue, one red and leave one white.

Place the icing in pastry bags and decorate the cookies. Add sprinkles. Let the red, white and blue donut cookies sit for 1 hour. Enjoy.

red, white and blue donut cookies on a plate

Do I need to chill the dough

You do not need to chill this cookie dough. If you find that the dough it too hard to work with because it is too sticky, you can dust it with more flour or chill it for a half hour. This should only be needed if the weather is hot or very humid.

Can I dip the Red White and Blue Donut Cookies Instead?

If you would rather decorate the whole cookie and not with the details like I did, you can also dip or pour the royal frosting over the cookies. If you choose to dip, leave the icing in the bowl and gently lay the cookies over top and press lightly.

You can also pour the icing over the donut cookies. This is fun but a messier way to decorate.

red, white and blue donut cookies

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Red, White and Blue Donut Cookies

You have to try Red, White and Blue Donut Cookies! The perfect treat for any patriotic occasion. These delicious sugar cookies are shaped and decorated to look like miniature donuts, with red, white and blue frosting and sprinkles. They're sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike. Whether you're celebrating Independence Day, Memorial Day or any other patriotic holiday, these cookies are a must-have.
Servings: 24
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 25 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Butter softened
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt

ROYAL ICING:

  • 3/4 cups Warm Water
  • 1/3 cup Meringue Powder I used Wilton
  • 32 ounce Powdered Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Karo Syrup

Instructions

  • In the mixing bowl of a Stand Mixer, add the Butter, Sugar, and Egg, and blend with the Whisk attachment until smooth, and creamy. Add the Vanilla, and mix until blended.
  • In a separate bowl, add the Flour, and Salt, and mix well to blend. Add the Flour mixture to the mixing bowl, and mix until blended, and smooth.
  • Place a large piece of Parchment paper on the Kitchen Counter, and sprinkle with Flour. Place half of the Cookie dough on the Parchment paper, and with a Floured Rolling Pin, roll the Dough to 1/2 inch thickness.
  • Cut out the Donuts with the Cookie Cutter, and place on a Parchment paper lined Cookie Sheet.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes, or until Cookies being to turn golden brown around the edges.
  • Remove from oven to a wire rack, and cool completely.

ROYAL ICING:

  • In the mixing bowl of a Stand Mixer, place the Warm Water, Meringue Powder, and Karo Syrup, and blend with the Whisk attachment until completely blended and smooth.
  • Add the Powdered Sugar, about 2 cups at a time, and mix on low, until all the Powdered Sugar has been added. Scrape down the sides of the Mixing Bowl as needed, and blend until the Icing is smooth and creamy.
  • In two bowls, place about 1/3 of the Icing in each bowl, and leave the remaining Icing in the Mixing Bowl. In one of the bowl, add several drops of Blue Food Coloring Gel, until you have the desired color of Icing.
  • In the other bowl, add a couple drops of Red Food Coloring Gel, and stir well.
  • If needed, add more Red Food Coloring Gel, until you have the desired color.
  • Place the Icing in a plastic Pastry Bag, (You’ll have Three bags, one Red, one White, and one Blue), and snip off the very end of the bags.
  • Pipe the Icing around the outside of the Cookies, (see photos) and pipe around the inside of the Donut hole.
  • Fill in with the Icing, and add Sprinkles of choice.
  • Allow about 1 hour for Icing to completely set.
  • Serve, and Enjoy!

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