15 4th of July Cookies for a Patriotic Dessert
Independence Day is the quintessential summertime celebration. From barbeque to potato salad, the Fourth of July party menu requires fun, creative, and delicious recipes — and that does include dessert. But instead of cakes that might slump in the heat or ice cream that melts too rapidly under the bright sun, we think 4th of July cookies are the perfect way to cap off your day! We have gathered together our favorite Fourth of July cookie recipes to help you up your game, and whether their colors are patriotic or their spiciness lights up the summer sky, these July 4th cookies are sure to please.
Independence Day Cookies
Red, white, and blue, all in one cookie — this drop cookie uses white chocolate chips, dried blueberries and dried cranberries for a festive and flavorful treat.
Chocolate Crinkles II
A classic chocolate crinkle isn't just delicious, they look a little bit like fireworks, too.
Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies
Red and white desserts are a natural on the 4th of July, and these red velvet cheesecake swirl bars will be the perfect addition to your cookie platter.
Blueberry Drop Cookies
Blueberries are a perfect fruit for the Fourth of July cookie platter, especially since the holiday falls at the height of the fruit's season. These drop cookies sub in blueberries for chocolate chips with delicious results.
Easy S'Mores Bars
Nothing says Fourth of July party like s'mores, but we don't always have the option for a bonfire. These s'mores bars take the muss and fuss out of the crowd-pleasing camp-side sweet.
Watermelon Cookies II
The only thing more welcome at a 4th of July party than watermelon are these watermelon cookies! A fun project to do with your kids, they're summery and adorable — and fun to eat, too.
Raspberry and Almond Shortbread Thumbprints
Raspberries are also in season around the Fourth of July, so these almond shortbread raspberry cookies are a perfect recipe for your party.
White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies
White chocolate and dried cranberries make these simple drop cookies 4th of July festive.
Amish Sugar Cakes
Amish sugar cookies are simple stunners, and you can choose red, white, and blue sanding sugars to make them perfect for the Fourth of July.
In the heat of summer, you don't always want to turn on a hot oven to bake. These no-bake Moonbeams are easy and fast, and if you add in red, white, and blue sprinkles to the chocolate, they are even more festive.
Chocolate Chip Meringue
A meringue cookie can be piped with a star tip to make them star-shaped for the patriotic holiday!
If you can't decide between a gingerbread or peanut butter cookie for your 4th of July party, why not do both? These double deckers are the best of both worlds, combining two flavors that taste even better together.
Cherry Oatmeal Cookies
Oatmeal cookies amped up with both walnuts and cherries are a fun way to sneak some whole grains into your kids.
Rosemary and Lemon Blackberry Bars
Lemon and blackberry together might just be the flavor of summer. In these bars, a little bit of rosemary makes them sophisticated and elegant.
Sweet and Savory Cornbread Cookies
Want to try something a little unexpected at your gathering on the Fourth? Cornbread might be a good side dish for your BBQ, but these sweet, savory, and spicy cornbread cookies will be a surprise that everyone will love.