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easy 4th of July messy firework cookie pops


How do you feel about messes? Do mounds of shoes, balls of cat fur and piles of paper drive you mad? They drive me mad. But my husband, our kid, our baby, our three cats make messes. None of the above mind or notice said mess. I mind and notice said mess. I chase after all of the above tidying. Always tidying. I think if I keep my house in total order, all magazine-home-like, my mind will be at rest. I will be in total control of life’s chaos.  Except I’m messy by nature and lack cleaning skills. I’m impatient and imprecise. I “clean” by quickly wiping down visible surfaces. I vacuum cat fur every day, but only what’s apparent to the eye. I don’t lift stuff. Or scrub. Our toothpaste is abominable. And don’t get me started on the car. I’m pretty sure there are food products petrifying under the seat, but I’m afraid to look.


My cookie decorating reflects this rushed imperfection. I’m in awe of those decorators who are machine-like perfect. (You know who you are, Bridget, Callye, Glory, Marian, Hani… ) I’m not. And never will be. Which is why I’ve been embracing this whole “messy” cookie thing lately. Like these chaos cookies, chaos heart cookies, messy letter cookies and monster cookie sticks. It’s OK to be messy with your decorating when you say it’s on purpose.

In case you can’t tell, these are supposed to be firework cookie pops. I made them messy on purpose.



how to make messy firework cookie pops for the 4th of July

you will need:*

cookie dough

royal icing

circle cutter

cookie sticks

food coloring

disposable decorating bags


size “3” decorating tips

rubber bands

*Find the circle cutter (2-inch used here), cookie sticks, decorating bags, couplers and tips at the craft store. For the food coloring, I suggest Americolor Soft Gel Pastes. (Sky Blue, Red Red and Bright White used here).

step one: bake your cookies. Prepare cookie dough according to the recipe. Roll out, cut out circles, insert sticks and bake according to the directions. Let cool completely. For tips on making cookie pops, click HERE.

step two: prepare your icing. Prepare royal icing according to the recipe. Divide and tint red, white and blue. Prepare decorating bags with couplers and tips, fill with the icing and close tightly with rubber bands.


step three: decorate your cookies. Pipe each color on the cookie. Start at the center and pipe out. For tips on basic cookie decorating, click HERE. Let the cookies dry overnight.





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  1. Posted June 10, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    These are so cute and even I could make these! Love them!

  2. Posted June 10, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    They look like pretty neat fireworks to me 😉 I want my house to be as neat as a pin, but it never is .. I hate housework and that maid hasn’t shown up for 40 years! We are going to fire her 😉

  3. nessa
    Posted June 10, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    These are so cute and easy!

  4. Posted June 11, 2013 at 1:04 am | Permalink

    I love reading yuor blog as much as I love your work! Happy 4th of July!

  5. Posted June 12, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    The messy cookie is fun! I like it. And a fun project to do with kids.

  6. Posted June 29, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    I saw this on a 4th of July roundup and just had to pin it. I hope you’ll share your best post of the week on my Friday Flash Blog Linky Party going on ALL weekend at The Jenny Evolution.


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