Patriotic "Firecracker" Cookies

Patriotic "Firecracker" Cookies

It's the 4th of July tomorrow, my fellow Americans.

(And non-Americans, thanks for coming to the party.)

I decided that since I haven't done a Pinterest or recipe post in a while, it was my civic duty to bless everyone with my attempt at being patriotic through pastry. Or whatever contains sugar.

Now, I'm trying to watch my sugar and get healthier this month so I was careful to make something sugary when I have my teenage son and his friend over. That way, I can have one cookie and I can also safely say the rest will be gone by the end of the day. Success.

So I found these 4th of July recipes on Pinterest from iVillage and pinned them immediately. The Firecracker Cookies caught my eye.

Source: via Shauna on Pinterest

They looked so easy! And being that I haven't tried a new recipe in a while, I was feeling less than ambitious. I wanted something easy.

They also looked easy because I had no intention of baking sugar cookies from scratch. I am not above a tube of cookie dough. I mostly wanted to try these just for the design. So, although I don't buy the tubed or prepared cookie dough often, I'll do it for something like this.

So off I went. I got a tube of sugar cookie dough and I baked it. Now, I have nothing against a tube of sugar cookie dough but I don't use it that often. Imagine my surprise when the cookies came out looking like this.

sugar cookies

What in the Sam hell?!

This could be a Pinterest fail in the making.

I moved forward anyway. I could salvage this.

I used a half a tub of leftover cream cheese frosting. As the recipe says, I separated the frosting into thirds leaving 1/3 white and coloring 1/3 red and 1/3 blue. The red came out pretty red but blue was a little lighter than the picture. 

Cover the cookies with a thin layer of white frosting. The idea is to pipe random circles onto the cookie. This is my idea of "piping."

baggie piping

I put it in a plastic baggie and cut the tip off. Professional, right? 

Then I commenced to circling.

At this point the colors kind of reminded of Dr. Seuss.

After the circles are done, you can use a toothpick or a butter knife to drag lines from the center. I alternated  from dragging out to in and out and I also used a butter knife to do this. Here's a tip: Wipe off the butter knife or toothpick each time you drag. Otherwise things start to look purple.

Is it a firecracker or is it a Spiderman web? You decide.

So remember how I baked these in the beginning and they looked a little...bad?

Well, I took some of cookies that had nothing to do with a circle and I cut out stars. Because I'm patriotic, y'all.

Lola actually preferred these.

The cookies didn't quite come out like the picture. But my one cookie was really delicious and I really hope these kids eat them so I'm not tempted to have another. I'll admit, I did this the lazy way. Maybe we should rename them the "Lazy American" cookies.

So there you have it. A semi-homemade way to create a patriotic "firecracker" cookie with very little time. 


1 sugar cookie roll
1/2 tub of frosting
Red and blue food coloring



  1. My son saw the cookies and said "Spiderman Cookies" Guess he did not see Firecracker and maybe Spiderman is patriotic. :)

    1. I don't know what happened to my comment but I was laughing so hard when I read that.

      These cookies are officially renamed "Patriotic Spider-Man Cookies!"

  2. Great job!!
    Love the cookies. One of these days I need to start making some of the recipies I keep pinning!


    1. You should do it! It's fun! But gets a little expensive so I have to limit myself to once a week.

  3. Very fun! They turned out nicely. Yep, if you do them in black the kids would have spidermen web cookies. I see them at Halloween and they are a big hit too! Happy 4th!

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  5. Wonderful and they look good, were they? I am sure all was impressed.


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