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Firework Sugar Cookies with Printable Gift Tags

These Firework Sugar Cookies are so fun to make for Fourth of July celebrations! Simply decorate them with bright pops of royal icing and embellish with sprinkles.

Firework Sugar Cookies

I’m a huge fan of creating treats for every occasion, especially delicious ones like these. Be sure to check out these Fourth of July Pretzels, Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats and Fourth of July Bingo Printables too.

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Sugar cookie dough is super versatile and easy to make with only a few ingredients from the grocery store. You will need simple ingredients like butter, granulated sugar and all purpose flour.

Firework Sugar Cookies

Before you get started make sure that you have everything that you need to make and decorate these cookies. These cookie cutters are a brand new product from Wilton!

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Firework Sugar Cookies

This is my grandma’s classic sugar cookie recipe – time tested and delicious. I have changed very little about this traditional recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Tip: Pre-made Pillsbury refrigerated sugar cookie dough can be used to create these cookies as well. Simply add 1/4 cup of flour to the dough, combine well and roll as directed. I love quick mom hacks like this!

Valentine Sugar Cookie Bar Process

Directions:

1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

sugar cookie process

2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, combine dry ingredients. Add butter, egg, milk and extract. Mix on medium speed until a soft dough forms.

sugar cookie process

3. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least one hour. This helps to prevent the dough from spreading when baked.

sugar cookie process

4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Dust your surface with flour and use a rolling pin to roll the dough to 1/4″ thickness on the floured surface.

5. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes from the dough. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheet.

Firework Sugar Cookie Process

6. Bake until the cookies are lightly brown around the edges, about 7 minutes.

7. Place the cookies on a wire rack to cool.

This recipe will make about 36 3″ firework shaped cookies.

Easy Royal Icing Recipe Process

Use my Easy Royal Icing Recipe to make the best icing for these cookies! You will need red, blue and white royal icing that has been tinted with food coloring.

My royal icing tips:

  • If the icing is too hard, add more water one drop at a time.
  • If the icing is too soft, add more powdered sugar one teaspoon at a time.
  • Icing can be stored at room temperature in a an airtight container for up to two weeks.
  • To use, mix the royal icing with a hand mixer so that it becomes smooth and shiny again.
  • Flood consistency is reached when a spoonful dropped onto a flat surface takes 10 – 15 seconds to become completely smooth.
Firework Sugar Cookies

These instructions will show you how to decorate red, white and blue firework cookies like these ones. The sky is the limit though, have fun with this process! You can decorate each cookie with all sorts of patterns and designs.

How to decorate firework sugar cookies:

Additional ingredients – silver star sprinkles from Wilton.

Firework Sugar Cookie Process

1. Outline each shape with a line of white icing.

Firework Sugar Cookie Process

2. Flood the center of each cookie with icing and use a scribe to move the icing into corners and pop bubbles.

Firework Sugar Cookie Process

3. To create the firework pattern, add rings of alternating red and blue to the icing before it dries. This technique is called wet on wet icing.

Firework Sugar Cookie Process
Firework Sugar Cookie Process

4. Use a scribe or toothpick to pull the colored icing from the center to the outer edge of the cookie.

Firework Sugar Cookie Process

5. Before the icing dries, dust the bottom portion of the cookie with sprinkles.

Firework Sugar Cookie Process

6. Allow the icing to dry completely before packaging.

Firework Sugar Cookies

Allow the icing to completely harden for at least four hours before packaging or storing the cookies. These look amazing wrapped in cellophane and packaged up with a bit of twine.

Firework Sugar Cookies

Add my free printable gift tag and voila – a fun and festive gift that is perfect for patriotic celebrations!

Firework Sugar Cookies

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Firework Sugar Cookies

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Fourth of July Sugar Cookies with Printable Gift Tags

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Firework Sugar Cookies

Firework Sugar Cookies

Yield: 36
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 27 minutes

These Firework Sugar Cookies are so fun to make for Fourth of July celebrations! Simply decorate them with bright pops of royal icing and embellish with sprinkles.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, combine dry ingredients. Add butter, egg, milk and extract. Mix on medium speed until a soft dough forms.

3. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least one hour. This helps to prevent the dough from spreading when baked.

4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Dust your surface with flour and use a rolling pin to roll the dough to 1/4" thickness on the floured surface.

5. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes from the dough. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheet.

6. Bake until the cookies are lightly brown around the edges, about 7 minutes.

7. Place the cookies on a wire rack to cool.

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I'm an active mom of twin boys who is always looking for opportunities to inspire creativity through fun crafts, do-it-yourself projects and delicious recipes. This blog has been an integral part of supporting my little family and I am so grateful to have you become a part of our journey! Let's create together... Read more...

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