These 4th of July Flag Cookies will be the perfect addition to your holiday BBQ.
The 4th of July has to be one of my favorite holidays. America’s birthday. It’s a day packed with warm weather, parades, fireworks and family and friends. My family loves to start the day off with a good breakfast, coffee and a parade. We have a two, sometimes three parades in our area that we like to go to. It’s usually a sunny day so why not spend it outdoors.
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Of course there’s lots of BBQs around the 4th and that means lots of grilling, lemonade and special treats like my 4th of July Flag Cookies. A simple no spread cookie recipe with some frosting and an easy M&M flag on top.
How To Make 4th of July Flag Cookies
These 4th of July cookies are so simple yet so scrumptious! They are perfect for an Independence Day gathering and will surely please your guests.
What You Need:
Here’s what you’ll need from the store. The exact amounts are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Kitchen Tools Needed:
- electric hand mixer, or stand mixer
- mixing bowl
- rolling pin
- baking sheet pan
- parchment paper
- measuring cups/spoons
- decorating bag/round decorating tip
- scalloped circle cookie cutter
- wire cooling rack
- 3/4 cup softened butter, salted
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 large egg
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1-2 tablespoons water
- 1 large bag red, white, and blue M&M’s
- Vanilla frosting
Cookie Making Tips
It’s pretty hard to go wrong with this fool-proof recipe. But here’s a few tips you can keep in mind while baking your cookies:
Tip #1 – Avoid Greasing Your Pan
Greasing your pan can cause the cookie dough to flatten and spread too much. If you feel like the cookies stick to your pan, check if it’s encrusted black residue that results from years of baking. If that’s the case, replace your pan or use a sheet of parchment paper.
Tip #2 – Don’t Use Dark-Colored Pans
Dark pans absorb more heat than light ones. So baking cookies on a dark-colored pan can cause your cookies to burn on the bottom. If you don’t have a light -colored baking tray, head to the store and buy one right away!
Tip #3 – Bring Your Butter to Room Temperature
Allow your butter to sit at room temperature for exactly 15 minutes, not more and not less. If it’s too cold, your butter won’t be able to cream properly which can make your cookies dense. On the contrary, if it’s too soft, your dough will be heavy and greasy. So, make sure you know how long you keep your butter on the counter.
Use high quality butter, cheaper brands contain a lot of water which makes it harder for the eggs and butter to emulsify. High quality butter also has a high fat content which can make your cookies taste better.
4th of July Cookies
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Mix together the butter and sugar.
- Combine the almond extract and egg.
- Mix in the flour and water and form into a ball of dough.
- Roll the dough out, about 1/8" thick, use the cookies cutters to cut out your scalloped circles and place onto the baking sheet.
- Use your M&M’s to make a Flag onto each cookie by filling each cookie with 5 rows, rotating M&M colors to look like a flag.
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