Star-Spangled Sugar Cookies

Updated: Aug 23



I thought I would take this opportunity to share my absolute favorite rolled sugar cookie and royal icing recipes. With the 4th of July just around the corner, I got my star cookie cutters out. This could be a tasty, and fun project to do with the kiddos this weekend.


I’ve tried many different sugar cookie recipes, and this one is by far my favorite. The cookies taste great, and they hold their shape nicely when baking. Click here for the recipes.


A couple of tips.

  • Roll the dough out as evenly as possible, so the cookies bake evenly.

  • I found the perfect thickness of the dough is right between ¼ and ½-inch.

  • After you cut out the cookies, put them back in the refrigerator for a few minutes. They hold their shape better when baked.

  • Bake until the bottom of the cookies are light brown. The tops will still be white, no browning.

I’ve been using this recipe for Royal Icing for a while now. One thing I added recently is four drops of Lemon Vitality Essential Oil. It gives the best sweet kiss of lemon to the cookies. You can also use lemon extract. Try a ¼ teaspoon of extract and give it a taste test. I’m telling you, it pairs wonderfully with the cookies.


I went with a super easy decorating technique. For the first technique, add a portion of the icing in a bowl and add a drop of red and blue food coloring. Drag a toothpick through the drops a few times to make swirls. Dunk the cookies into the icing and swirl around a bit. Then let some of the icing drip off and put the cookie on a wire rack.

A couple of tips.

  • If you are concerned about using raw egg whites, you can pick up pasteurized egg whites from your local grocery store.

  • To test your icing for the right consistency, drop some from the beater into the icing. The drops of icing should disappear by the count of five. If it takes longer, add some more water ½ teaspoon at a time and test again. The icing should be loose enough to stick to the cookies in an even layer but not too loose to slide off.

  • Only use a portion of the icing for this technique since after decorating some of the cookies, the blue and red will start blending to make purple.

For the second technique, use another bowl of white icing. Make sure the consistency is still good, and dip your cookies into the icing. Let some drip off, then put onto a wire rack. Before the icing dries, add sprinkles. Super easy and fun to do with kids. They will love adding their artistic talent to a yummy canvas.

To make these cookies, you'll need some star cookie cutters. You can probably get from your local craft store or you can get quickly from Amazon. Click on any of the images below to purchase.


All the supplies and ingredients for these cookies are linked below. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


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