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how to make American flag cookies

flag cookies

Need a little patriotism with your dessert? I made these mini flag cookies to send to my husband’s friends serving overseas, but they are clearly fitting for the 4th of July, too. You can’t get much more red, white and blue than this. Though I suppose for the 4th of July, Betty Ross’s version with the 13 colonies in a circle would have been better than my (suggestion of, but not really) 50 white dots for the states. If you can fit 50 white dots on a cookie 1 1/2 by 2 inches big, I’ll be mightily impressed.


flag cookies


To make flag cookies, prepare cookie dough according to the recipe. Chill it, roll it out, cut out rectangles, bake and let cool. Prepare royal icing according to the recipe, divide and tint red, white, blue and black using Americolor Soft Gel Pastes (Red Red, Bright White, Royal Blue and Super Black). Prepare disposable decorating bags with couplers and tips, fill with each color and close tightly with rubberbands. To decorate, outline the rectangle with black using a size 3 tip. Let set about 15 minutes. Outline and pipe back and forth to fill a blue square in the corner using a size 4 tip. Let set. Pipe red and white stripes using size 4 or 5 tips. Switch the tip on the white to size 2 and pipe dots on top of the blue. Let the cookies set overnight before packaging or handling. For tips on basic cookie decorating, CLICK HERE.


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  1. Posted June 23, 2014 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    You mentioned that you shipped them overseas? Do you have any tips for shipping cookies and getting there without breaking and crumbling?

  2. meaghanmountford
    Posted June 23, 2014 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    Hi Kelly! I do! First, I use my cookie dough/royal icing recipes that dry really well for packaging if you let them sit overnight. I also don’t thin my icing very much for flooding, as that can lengthen the drying time. I have a bunch of tips on shipping at the end of this post:

    Though these cookies are at their best for just a week and then the colors can start to bleed, so shipping overseas isn’t ideal if it can take longer than that, but I have done it for military members. Here are the links to the recipes I use, too:

    Hope this helps!

  3. Posted June 25, 2014 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    Yes, that is very helpful; thank you! I have made your sugar cookies before and they are some of the best best best. Love your blog!

  4. meaghanmountford
    Posted June 25, 2014 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    Awww, THANK YOU so much Kelly! Now that made my day :).

  5. Gladys
    Posted July 3, 2014 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    I love to bake …
    But I do not have much experience thought. .
    Your cookies look amazing
    , great idea congratulations.

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