American Flag Cookies


The 4th of July is coming up this week and what better way to celebrate with some patriotic treats? These flag cookies are actually super easy to make and fun too! The dough is simple, I’ve actually used it for my kumamushi-san cookies. This is definitely a go-to recipe for shaped cookies, I found that they hold their form better than any sugar cookie recipe I’ve tried.  Along with the dough you’ll need is red and blue food coloring. And maybe some white sprinkles, I had rainbow nonpareils and though I tried picking out just the white ones, it’s probably easier and much faster to buy white nonpareils. The hardest thing about these cookies is assembling, but even that was pretty easy. I used about 1 and 1/3 batches of dough for this, but it might actually be better if you used 2 and 1/2 batches. 1 batch each for the red and white and 1/2 a batch for the blue. I might test this out and let you know how it goes!

Anyway let’s get started!


 -1 and 1/4 cup AP flour
-1/3 cup powdered sugar*
-1 stick softened butter
-2-3 drops blue food coloring
-2-3 drops red food coloring
-white nonpareils
*If you don’t have powdered sugar, just grind 1 cup of granulated sugar with 1 tsp of cornstarch in a spice grinder or coffee grinder! Trust me, it really works 🙂


  1. Mix together the butter and the powdered sugar. Add in the flour and mix until just combined.
  2. Add in the food coloring until you get the desired shade. I found that for half a batch, about 3 drops of red food coloring did the trick.
  3. Once all the colors are made, divide the red and white doughs into three equal sized portions and two slightly smaller portions. In this sense, you should have 5 portions each of the red and white doughs and one portion of the blue dough.
  4. For the assembly it’s best to use two separate sheets of plastic wrap. Roll out one of the red portions into a long rectangle about 2 inches wide and 6 1/2 inches long. Place this red dough on one of the sheets of plastic wrap.
  5. On the other sheet of plastic wrap, roll out a portion of white dough into the same sized rectangle. Gently transfer the white dough so it’s on top of the red dough.
  6. Repeat this with all three portions of red and white dough.
  7. Take the blue dough and roll it into a cylinder about 6 1/2 inches long and about 2/3 an inch wide. Shape the cylinder into a square and place it on the right on top of the layered red and white dough.
  8. Use the remaining red and white dough and shape them into rectangles about 1 inch wide and 6 1/2 inches long. Layer them next to the blue square. You should now have a log 
  9. Wrap the whole thing in plastic wrap and neaten the edges by gently tapping the dough on a straight surface. Place in the fridge for 15 to 20 minutes.
  10. Preheat the oven to 350 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.DSC_0640
  11.  Slice the log, place the slices on the parchment line baking sheet (if you’re using nonpareils, sprinkle them over the blue part of the flag) and bake for 10 minutes.DSC_0641

And that’s it! Let me know if you’re having trouble with the steps, I’ll try and take reference photos 🙂 I had a lot of fun making these cookies and now I’m tempted to try and make more flag cookies. I’m trying to come up with an excuse to make Japanese flag cookies, but alas since we’re out of the FIFA World Cup, I may have to resort to just making other flags. Speaking of, you could probably make these cookies for watching soccer games too, I mean the USA is still in the FIFA World Cup! I’m also going to be making more 4th of July treats, so stay tuned!


Hugs and puppies!



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