Red, White & Blue Tie Dye Cookies

by Holly on July 1, 2009

Red, White and Blue ‘Tie Dye’ Cookies – a fun and easy treat for Independence Day!
Last night’s hype party for the upcoming Moms Who Make It Conference was a success if I say so myself! The moms got to mingle and chat, kids got to play at Gardner Village and decorate star shaped sugar cookies and have a great time.
As you can see from my son’s smile, he loooooves sugar cookies. This is our favorite way to decorate them because (1) he can do it himself and (2) no piping for me to mess up!
Besides, the effect is so pretty!

He also dearly loves getting the scraps to roll out at home and play with.

Lauren of SuperMom Central helping decorate cookies
The kids seems to get a kick out of swirling their frosting colors together and then dipping their cookies to decorate them – before eating them while the frosting was still wet.

While the kids dipped and ate some cookies, the moms got to enjoy some chocolate fudge cookies with cinnamon chips, cinnamon italian sodas, fresh strawberries, and chocolate hazelnut scones with blackberry jam – all provided by Tiffany, the fabulous owner of Lorken Food Finery. In fact, the scones, jam, and cinnamon syrup for the sodas are all items available at her store!
All of the ‘Sexy Six’ Backstage Bloggers were present – I just didn’t get pictures – but it is always so fun to hang out with these ladies. They are so inspiring and such a joy! Speaking of inspiring ladies who are a joy, it was so great to see Emily and Quinn again!
Perhaps, my most favorite part of the evening though was the fact that Tiffany gave all of us a discount on items purchased that night at buy one, get one half off. I can’t wait to tell you more about what I scored! I am sooooo excited! Besides, how could you not be happy shopping in a store as cute as this!

Vanilla Roll-Out Cookies
  • 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour

Using electric mixer, beat butter in large bowl at medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add sugar and salt and beat until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg; beat until well blended, about 1 minute. Reduce speed to low and beat in vanilla. Add flour and beat on low speed just to blend. Gather dough into ball; divide in half. Form each half into ball and flatten into disk. Wrap disks separately in plastic and chill until firm, at least 4 hours. DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep chilled.

Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Working with 1 disk at a time, roll out dough between 2 sheets of waxed paper to 1/8-inch thickness for smaller (2-inch) cookies and 1/4-inch thickness for larger (3- to 4-inch) cookies. Using decorative cookie cutters, cut out cookies and transfer to prepared sheets, spacing 1 inch apart. If cookies become too soft to transfer to baking sheets, place in freezer on waxed paper for 5 minutes before continuing. Gather scraps, roll out dough, and cut more cookies, repeating until all dough is used. If not icing cookies, decorate with sprinkles or other sugar toppings, if desired.

Bake 1 sheet at a time until cookies are firm on top and golden around edges, about 10 minutes for smaller cookies and up to 14 minutes for larger cookies. Cool completely on rack. Decorate with Royal Icing, then sprinkles or other sugar toppings, if desired. Let stand until icing sets. DO AHEAD: Can be made 4 days ahead. Store between sheets of waxed paper in airtight containers.

Royal Icing
3 1/4 cups (or more) powdered sugar, sifted
4 teaspoons meringue powder + 4 Tablespoons water = 2 egg whites (easier to work with and safer for kids)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Assorted food colorings (optional) – I use gel food colors to get the vibrant shades seen here

Using electric mixer, beat 3 1/4 cups powdered sugar with meringue powder and water until thick and shiny, adding more powdered sugar by tablespoonfuls if mixture is too thin to spread, about 3 minutes. Add vanilla. Divide icing into portions, if desired, and add different food coloring to each. Cover until ready to use.


Divide icing into three bowls – keeping about half of the frosting white and dividing the other half into two portions. Color each of the other portions, one blue and one red.

On a small plate, place a large spoonful of white icing. Using separate spoons for each color, drizzle a little of each of the other colors on top of the white. Using a toothpick, swirl the frostings together a bit to get a pretty marbled effect.

Dip a cookie ‘face down’ into the frosting without moving it. Gently lift the cookie straight back up, set aside on a rack to set – or just eat while the frosting is glossy and wet. Enjoy!
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Nancy/n.o.e July 1, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Those cookies are so cute! I can see how they'd be a hit with the children, but I think I'd be right there with them.

Jules Someone July 1, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Those are so cute! I may have to try them for Saturday….

Maria July 1, 2009 at 7:29 pm

LOVE the cookies. They are super fun. I am sad I missed this event. Glad you had a good time.

Chavi July 1, 2009 at 7:40 pm

Those are adorable cookies– I think Ill try something like that for an upcoming engagement party. BTW, your son is ADORABLE! He looks just like you!

Marie July 1, 2009 at 8:17 pm

Those have got to be some of the coolest-looking cookies I have ever seen!

pinkstripes July 1, 2009 at 8:45 pm

I love the cookies! It sounds like it was a fun time.

Barbara Bakes July 1, 2009 at 9:21 pm

I'm glad the party was a hit! Your son is so cute! What a great idea to decorate cookies!

lasinthekitchen July 1, 2009 at 11:17 pm

Wow, those cookies look super groovy! =) The kids did a fantastic job frosting them, love it!

Pamela July 2, 2009 at 1:07 am

Looking forward to seeing what you got. Those cookies look so cool!

Laura July 2, 2009 at 2:02 am

That looks like it was a real fun night. Too bad I couldn't make it! 🙁

Mermaid Sweets July 2, 2009 at 3:37 am

glad your event was a success, it looks like so much fun. I love the tie die cookies, so clever.

Deborah July 2, 2009 at 3:41 am

Sad I missed out – it looks like it was tons of fun! and I LOVE the cookies – too cool!

Ria July 2, 2009 at 5:19 am

Holly, your boy is adorable! Look at his big smile! 🙂 Loved the cookies too!! So cute! Very creative and very neatly done!! WTG!!

Manggy July 2, 2009 at 10:15 am

A-ha! No tasting, Lauren! Heh heh 🙂
Those cookies are preeeetty! Love the technique, genius!!

Katrina July 2, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Looks like my kind of fun! I like the cookies so much that I'm going to make some today for a family I'm taking dinner to tomorrow night. The boys will get a big kick out of doing the tie-dye!

dinneranddessert July 2, 2009 at 5:00 pm

These look fabulous!

Alanna July 2, 2009 at 5:26 pm

My favorite 4th of July post this year, how cool are these?!

Hanaâ July 2, 2009 at 8:51 pm

Your cookies look great. How appropriate for the upcoming holiday. The kids look like they had a lot of fun decorating the cookies.

Carol VR July 3, 2009 at 1:25 am

I am definitely saving this recipe… thanx for sharing.

Megan July 3, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Love the cookies. I would go make them right now if I didn't have to pack for vacation tomorrow. Bookmarked!

Katrina July 3, 2009 at 4:42 pm

I just finished tie-dying the cookies with a couple of my boys. They loved it and the cookies look awesome!

tastestopping July 4, 2009 at 10:31 pm

When I first saw these cookies, the icing is so pearly, resembling stained glass, that I mistook them for jello stars. But cookies!? Even better. They are just beautiful.

Anyway, I found you on TasteSpotting and am writing to say that if you have any photos that aren’t accepted there, I’d love to publish them. Visit my new site (below), it’s a lot of fun! I hope you will consider it.


Jennifer July 4, 2009 at 11:40 pm

LOVE the tie dye icing!!! WOW! Your son is so cute!

Suzy July 4, 2009 at 11:58 pm

Love the decorating idea! This could be great for so many different occasions.

lulu July 5, 2009 at 8:05 am

This is a delicious looking treat. What a great idea! We had beautiful fireworks in our area. Happy 4th!

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Jaime July 5, 2009 at 11:44 pm

love the pretty swirls!!!

Q. July 6, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Psychadelic, man;) Very cool.

Nessie June 5, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Hiya Holly, I run a volunteer baking event for a Hospice in Auckland, New Zealand and the theme for our next round is “US of A” and I was wondering if I could please use a pic of these gorgeous cookies in a “inspiration for what to bake” blog post to our bakers. I will definitely acknowledge your site and link back. Thanks heaps!!! 🙂 Nessie

Holly June 6, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Hi Nessie,

That sounds great! Please feel free! I’d love to see the post when it is all up. Good luck!


Nessie June 19, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Thanks so much Holly! Have just published the post:
Have an awesome week! Nessie 🙂

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