Happy Friday! I’m getting in just under the wire with my red, white and blue themed dessert, but there is still enough time left if you are looking to bake something festive for the holiday! Sugar cookies with royal icing are such a fun way to add a decorative and edible component to any celebration. I used red, white and blue icing to give these cookies an exploding firework appearance, perfect for the Fourth.
As far as decorating with royal icing goes, these cookies are on the easier side. The circular cookies are easy to fill with icing and although the firework design looks impressive, it is so simple that even kids can do it. I used the same cookie and icing recipes that I used to make Halloween cookies, dyed some of the icing blue and some red and then had some fun!
More detailed instructions are below, but as you can see, I made concentric circles with red and blue icing and then dragged a toothpick through the icing, starting at the center and moving towards the outside edge of the cookie. You can pull the toothpick in a straight line, or curve each line to give the cookie a more whimsical appearance. The icing won’t set immediately, but you have to work fairly quickly to finish your design since the icing will begin to set after several minutes. I covered about four cookies at a time with white icing and then did the red and blue designs on those before moving on to other cookies.
If you have some time and feel like baking/being artistic give these a try! You could obviously use different colors and make them for any occasion. I hope you all have a fun and relaxing holiday weekend!
The cookie and royal icing recipes can be found here. For these cookies, you want to dye about 1/2 cup icing red and another 1/2 cup blue. The remainder should stay white. Outline the cookies with white icing as described in the Halloween Cookie tutorial. Then for all three colors, add water until the icing is a pourable consistency. Use a spoon to fill the cookies with white icing (about four cookies at a time). Then put the blue and red icing into separate pastry bags fitted with small round tips. Use the pastry bags to pipe circles of red and blue icing as shown on the cookie above. Then drag a toothpick from the center outward several times around the cookie. Allow to harden, which can take 3-4 hours (or just let them set overnight).
*Note: this recipe made 27 3-inch cookies.