Red, White and Blue Sparkler Cookies

Red, White and Blue Sparkler Cookies are perfect for 4th of July, Memorial Day and more!

Red, White and Blue Sparkler Cookies are perfect for 4th of July, Memorial Day and more!

Can you believe that June is almost over?? We sure are having lots of fun but this summer is just flying by!  I realized yesterday that the 4th of July is just around the corner and I simply haven’t shared enough Red, White and Blue recipes with you yet :)

Red, White and Blue Sparkler Cookies are perfect for 4th of July, Memorial Day and more!

I absolutely adore easy-peasy recipes that look super fun and are oh-so festive.  This recipe is so simple to prepare and the technique can be used for any holiday.  Red and green sugar for Christmas, black and orange for Halloween, pastels for Easter – you get the idea right?  I just love recipes that are super adaptable all year round – they make me so happy :)

These cookies are made kind of like cinnamon rolls and a lot like sushi :)  The sugar is sprinkled onto the dough just like you would for cinnamon rolls.  Sprinkle the sugar in “patches” so that when the dough is rolled up, the colors alternate.

Red, White and Blue Sparkler Cookies are perfect for 4th of July, Memorial Day and more!

Next I use the plastic wrap to roll up the dough (yup, it’s sticky) into a log.  Using the plastic wrap and my master sushi rolling skills makes this part fun and easy.  The dough gets refrigerated for a bit so it’s easy to cut into slices.

Red, White and Blue Sparkler Cookies are perfect for 4th of July, Memorial Day and more!

Finally, it’s all about slicing and baking and eating.  My very favorite part.

Red, White and Blue Sparkler Cookies are perfect for 4th of July, Memorial Day and more!

 Do you have any tried and true recipes that you find are easily adaptable for different holidays?  I think recipes like these are gems!

Red, White and Blue Sparkler Cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 3 dozen
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ tsp almond or vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • colored sugar (red and blue for 4th of July)
  1. Cream butter and sugar together.
  2. Add egg and extract and mix until well combined.
  3. Stir in flour, mixing until fully incorporated.
  4. Divide dough in half.
  5. Cover cutting board with plastic wrap and press out half of dough into an 8x8 square.
  6. Sprinkle sugars onto the dough in patches.
  7. Use the plastic wrap to to lift and roll up dough - just like sushi.
  8. Repeat with second half and refrigerate dough rolls for 1-2 hours or until nice and firm.
  9. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  10. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  11. Remove plastic wrap from rolls and cut into ¼ inch slices.
  12. Place slices about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.
  13. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until edges just turn golden. Let cool for 1-2 minutes and remove to wire rack.


Red, White and Blue Sparkler Cookies are perfect for 4th of July, Memorial Day and more!

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  1. Love these Trish! PINNED. So cute and festive for the holiday!
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  2. These cookies look absolutely amazing!! Just perfect for the 4th of July!
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  3. Super cute!!!!
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  4. I love this idea!! So festive:) Thanks for sharing!
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  5. These are my favorite cookies EVER!
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  6. These are so fun and pretty! I would have never thought of using colored sugar this way, and I love how you can make them with different colors for different occasions. I’m pinning, and I’ll try to make them soon.
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  7. Oh my goodness, these are so stinkin’ cute!!! I love how unique they are, I would’ve never thought to do this type of cookie in a red, white, and blue theme!
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  8. These are simply adorable! Thanks so much for sharing!
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  9. Eek! These are so festive and pretty! Pinned!
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  10. Your cookies turned out cute! No doubt they’re a big hit with the kids:@)
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  11. Trish you are so smart! What a brilliant idea! My kids would love this and it’s so quick and easy! Pinning this for future reference ;)
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  12. These look so fun and festive!
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  14. I love your pinwheel cookies, they look fantastic! I found your blog on Sugar and Slice Sunday’s. recently posted..Vanilla Bean and Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Cake for June’s #Bundtamonth

  15. Trish, these cookies rock! My boys would love to make these pretty cookies! Love how the possibilities are endless…I have a lot of sprinkles!
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  16. These turned out so cute! They seem pretty simple to make too! Pinned!

  17. These are super cute! I love the idea of using plastic wrap to roll them up…why haven’t I thought of that before?!

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  18. These are so festive and adorable! Love it :)
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  19. Your Red, White and Blue recipes are fantastic! I might switch up the colors and try these for Halloween too! : )

  20. Super cute cookies!
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  21. These look delicious! Perfect addition to any festivities coming up! I will be featuring these on my blog tomorrow!

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  22. What a fantastic idea! Why didn’t I think of that? =) VERY cool…thanks so much for sharing at Weekend Potluck. Pinning!
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  23. These are so festive!! Love that they can be adapted for any holiday!
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  24. Perfect for the 4th of July!
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