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Fun & Easy Summer Sugar Cookie Ideas

Get ready for a sweet summer! Explore delightful summer sugar cookie ideas perfect for sunny days. From watermelon to ice cream cones, cookie creativity awaits!

Colorful summer themed cookies on a wooden table with text overlay.

Warm weather is finally on the way and it’s got me thinking of how much fun my family has together during the summer months. This is the time of year for pool parties, beach days, campouts, and backyard BBQs.

I think cookies make the perfect treat in the summer. I can bake cookies ahead of time and store them in the freezer. Then I just pull out a few at a time. They are easy to transport, I don’t need extra dishes for serving, and everyone loves them.

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A lot of the time, I use my grandma’s classic sugar cookie recipe and decorate them accordingly. Sometimes I take a shortcut and use store-bought refrigerated sugar cookie dough. But sugar cookies are just the beginning.

Today I am sharing some of my favorite summer cookie recipes with you. Use them for themed parties, specific holidays, or just because. Any of these delicious cookies would be an ideal dessert option for all your special occasions this season.

Vintage Camper Sugar Cookies decorated with pink and white royal icing on a wooden table.

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Must Haves for Cookie Making

These are just a few of the things that I love to use for cookie decorating.

Mosaic Flower Sugar Cookies with blue royal icing and bink and dark blue patterns.

Summer Sugar Cookie Ideas

Mosaic Flower Sugar Cookies – These mosaic flower sugar cookies are absolutely gorgeous and so easy to make! Learn how to make this delicious treat for your next party with my step-by-step tutorial.

Circle Flower Sugar Cookies with white royal icing that have a spot of pink icing in the middle and a flower sketched on each one in black food writer.

Flower Sugar Cookies – Turn a simple circle cut-out cookie into a work of art with royal icing and a food writer! Grab the free printable tag to make a darling gift for someone special in your life.

Ice Cream Cone Sugar Cookie with colorful royal icing covered in sprinkles and brown icing crisscrossing to look like a cone.

Ice Cream Cone Sugar Cookies – These ice cream cones are super fun to make for any occasion! Grab the free printable tag to make a colorful gift for someone special.

Taco Sugar Cookies with royal icing and a smiley face drawn on with a black food marker.

These Taco Sugar Cookies are absolutely darling and fun to create for any occasion. Grab the free printable tags – perfect for gift giving and taco celebrations!

Camping Sugar Cookies cut in one inch circles covered with white royal icing with a tent, backpack and tent sketched on them with a black food marker.

Camping Sugar Cookies – These camping sugar cookies are quick, easy, and fun to make with royal icing and a food writer! Grab the free printable tag to make these sweet treats into a darling gift for the camping lover in your life.

Vintage Camper Sugar Cookies decorated with royal icing in white and pink with heart shaped sprinkles.

Vintage Camper Sugar Cookies – These vintage camper sugar cookies are sure to get rave reviews! They are absolutely adorable!

Round cookies decorated in icing to look like bouys with half circle shaped cookies decorated to look like open shark mouths.

Shark Sugar Cookies – These shark sugar cookies are perfect for celebrating a day at the beach or a shark themed pool party! Grab the free printable tag to create a fun gift.

Fourth of July Sugar Cookies with white, red and blue royal icing.

Fourth of July Sugar Cookies – These Fourth of July sugar cookies are the perfect addition to your Independence Day celebrations! Simply decorate them with bright pops of royal icing and embellish with the free printable gift tag.

More Sugar Cookies for Summer

These fun cookie shapes and ideas would be fun too!

  • Flip flop cookies
  • Margarita sugar cookies
  • Beach ball cookies
  • Bikini Cookies
  • Sunglass sugar cookies
  • Smores sugar cookies
  • Flamingo cookies
  • Pineapple sugar cookies
Sugar Cookies in the shape of a firework with white royal icing and blue and red stripes.

Firework Sugar Cookies – These firework sugar cookies are a festive treat for Fourth of July celebrations! Simply decorate them with red, white, and blue icing and embellish with sprinkles.

Semi circle shaped sugar cookies with royal icing in red and green to look like a watermelon.

Watermelon Sugar Cookies – These watermelon sugar cookies are delicious and adorable. Along with free printable tags, they are perfect for gift giving too!

Citrus Fruit Sugar Cookies with colorful royal icing decorated to look like lemons, limes and oranges.

Citrus Fruit Sugar Cookies – These cookies are gorgeous, delicious, and easy to make. For a more intense flavor, add lemon zest or orange zest to the dough to make these colorful citrus fruit sugar cookies extra special.

Cookies in the shape of a shark, crab and sea horse decorated with royal icing.

These sea life sugar cookies are perfect for celebrating a day at the beach or an ocean themed party! Grab the free printable tag to create a fun gift.

Dragonfly Sugar Cookies decorated with royal icing on a wooden table.

These dragonfly sugar cookies are absolutely darling and totally fun to create. Follow this step by step tutorial to make your own!

Summer sugar cookies on a wooden table with text overlay.

Tips and Tricks

  • Store your sugar cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks. They also freeze really well and will keep for up to three months.
  • Take your time when working with royal icing. To preserve my finished designs, I like to leave the cookies to dry for several hours minimum before packaging them up.
  • Easily customize the flavor of your cookies by switching vanilla extract for lemon, peppermint, or almond extract.

With so many tasty treats to choose from, which one of these summer sugar cookie ideas are you going to try first? Happy baking!

about heather

Hello, I’m Heather!

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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