Let’s get all Red, White, and Blue and celebrate July 4th with cookies and sprinkles. If you follow One Hot Oven you know I love sprinkles and these patriotic 4th of July Red, White & Blue Cookies are perfect for rolling in these colorful tiny little gems.
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It’s hot, it’s summer, and time to have some fun and be festive with these delicious red, white, and blue sprinkle cookies that are perfect for a patriotic treat for the Fourth of July, Memorial Day picnics, or anytime you like.
The absolute best part of these cookies is the colorful inside filling. It’s like a surprise inside when you take a bite to find a colorful center. For these cookies, I made the center red and flavored it with almond flavoring.
These cookies have simple ingredients, they are easy to make and honestly, they are always a favorite. Seriously, who doesn’t like a cookie covered in sprinkles?
Ready to bake some cookies?
- Baking Powder
- Almond flavoring
- Red food coloring
- Red, white & blue nonpareil sprinkles
Let’s make cookies
Step 1. In a large mixing bowl add the softened butter and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.
Step 2. Add the sugar, baking powder and salt and mix on medium speed until combined
Step 3. With the mixer on low speed add the vanilla, two whole eggs one at a time, and then add one egg yolk and beat until combined.
Step 4. Add the flour to the bowl and mix on low until combined and a soft dough forms.
Step 5. Remove ¾ cup of the dough and place it in a small bowl. With a spoon mix in the almond flavoring a few drops of red food coloring.
Step 6. With a tablespoon, measure out 25 balls of the plain butter dough and with a teaspoon, measure out 25 balls of the red dough. What happens if you only get 23 dough balls, well you can just make 23 or you can take some dough from the other balls to make the amount you need.
Steps to make the cookie dough balls with both doughs
Step 7. First, place the nonpareil sprinkles in a big bowl or a large plate to roll the balls in.
Step 8. Place one plain dough ball in the palm of your hand then with your fingers press down on the ball to flatten.
Step 9. Take one red dough ball and place on the flattened dough ball and start forming the plain dough around the colored dough until it is totally covered. No roll the dough between your palms until it is nice and round.
Step 10. Immediately, roll the dough ball into the sprinkles until it is covered. The dough needs to be a bit sticky from rolling between your hands so the sprinkles will stick. Otherwise, the dough will be too dry and the sprinkles will fall off.
Step 11. Place all the sprinkle covered cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 375° F. for 10 minutes.
Step 12. Let cookies cool on a rack, then eat and enjoy!
I have been waiting patiently to use these nonpareils sprinkles on my favorite cookies. They look so festive with all the colors and the red middle layer is a fun surprise. Are you saying WOW those are awesome?
Just looking at these sprinkle cookies makes me smile. Of course, you need red, white & blue sprinkles and you can get yours here.
It’s All About The Sprinkles
Other One Hot Oven sprinkle cookies to try
There is more to these cookies than just this red, white and blue batch. These cookies can be made in lots of colors of nonpareil sprinkles and you can change the color and flavors of the center.
Try these other fun and colorful sprinkle cookies
- The red, white and green Christmas Cookies are pure holiday fun
- Red, white and pink Valentines Day Cookies to show how much you love someone
- The Cassidy family celebrates anything Irish and these St. Patrick’s Day Cookies have green and white sprinkles with a minty filling
- The pastel sprinkle Butter Cookies with Raspberry Filling look so pretty in Easter baskets
- Celebrate with the ghosts and goblins with these Halloween Cookies that are covered in sprinkles
- Do you have a favorite sports team, we always make these Orange and Black Sprinkle Cookies for our favorite team, the San Francisco Giants
See there are all kinds of possibilities; sprinkle colors are endless, so mix and match for your special occasion. Trust me there will be more Surprise Inside Cookies with more colors coming to the blog.
- If the doughs to too sticky to initially roll in the smaller balls, put it in the fridge for 15 minutes so they can easily be made.
- Word of caution, these sprinkles like to roll out of your bowl and all over your counter, so use a big bowl. I am still cleaning up spilled sprinkles
- Once you roll both doughs together into one ball you need to immediately roll the balls in the sprinkles while the dough is still warm and sticky from rolling in your hands, if you don’t do it this way the sprinkles will not stick to the dough balls
- The sprinkles I use are called nonpareils and are round sprinkles. The jimmie type strand sprinkles can be used but they don’t look as pretty when baked.
- Store the cookies in an air-tight container for several days.
- To freeze the cookies, bake as directed, let cool and then store in a freezer container for three months. When ready to eat, remove from the freezer and let thaw before eating.
Baked and ready for your celebration, let the fireworks and cookie fun begin.
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Here is another 4th of July Dessert to try
It’s hard to celebrate July 4th without ice cream, am I right? Try this recipe for No-Churn Red, White & Blue Ice Cream Sundaes that is a real crowd-pleaser.
Here are some fun items for serving and celebrating
One Hot Oven has some other great cookie recipes like these two favorite chocolate cookies
These hearty Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies with pecans and cacao nibs are the most popular cookies on the blog.
This Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe is a blue ribbon winner.
4th of July Red, White & Blue Cookies
- Preheat the oven to 375° F. and prepare cookie sheets with parchment paper or a Silpat liner
- Add the softened butter to a large bowl mix on medium speed until the butter is light and fluffy.
- Add the sugar, baking powder and salt to the bowl and mix on medium speed until combined.
- Mix in the vanilla and add the eggs and egg yolk one at a time until combined, scraping sides of the bowl.
- Add the flour and mix at low speed until the flour is combined and it forms a soft dough.
- Remove ¾ cup of the dough to a small bowl and add the red food coloring and the almond flavoring. Mix well to incorporate
- If the dough is soft and you can't make the dough balls, you can refrigerate the dough for 15 minutes.
- Measure out 1 tablespoon of the butter dough and make 25 balls with the dough
- Using a teaspoon measure out 25 balls of the red almond-flavored dough into 25 1" balls.
- Flatten the butter-flavored dough ball with your fingers and place a red dough ball in the center and mold the dough around it to make a round ball.
- Immediately roll the ball in the nonpareil sprinkles and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes at 375 degrees. When done place the cookies on a cooling rack. Store the cookies in an airtight container for several days.
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