The Best 4th of July Cookies on the Block

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The Best 4th of July Cookies on the Block are super puffy and soft sugar cookies with the cutest sprinkles ever – and they travel well too! They’re the perfect festive treat for the Fourth!

Need more patriotic dessert recipes? You’ll love my Red, White, and Blue Popsicles and my Patriotic Sugar Cookie Bars!

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The Best 4th of July Cookies Recipe

Can you believe that the Fourth of July is just around the corner? I love this holiday for so many reasons! Our amazing country and our independence are pretty great things to celebrate, plus I love all the food, parades, games, and fun that’s to be had on such a holiday. Our town maybe be little, but it sure does the 4th of July well.

I wanted to share a recipe for super simple 4th of July Cookies with you today. If you aren’t in charge of dinner but are a guest headed to a party, these are the perfect things to bring along! You can make the dough ahead of time, they are so cute, and everyone loves a soft sugar cookie with sprinkles!

These cookies hold their shape super well, are extra soft and puffy, and taste just like a Lofthouse sugar cookie.

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How do I get soft sugar cookies?

The secret to super soft texture is Greek yogurt, which can also be subbed out for sour cream. Don’t use reduced fat or fat free products here though, full fat is best.

What are the best cookie cutters to use for sugar cookies?

I love this set of stainless steel biscuit/cookie cutters and used them for this recipe.

Does sugar cookie dough need to be chilled?

The dough needs to be chilled for at least 4 hours before using, but it can stay in the fridge for up to 36 hours. Great if you need to plan ahead a bit!

Where can I find holiday sprinkles?

I’m obsessed with these patriotic sprinkles! I got them online here.

What is the best way to transport these cookies so they stay looking nice?

If you are traveling with these cookies a short distance, just carry them in a single layer. If you are going a longer way, you might want to take the cookies and frosting separately and assemble before serving.

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The Best 4th of July Cookies on the Block

The Best 4th of July Cookies on the Block are super puffy and soft sugar cookies with the cutest sprinkles ever – and they travel well too! They're the perfect festive treat for the Fourth!
Prep: 4 hours
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies


For the Cookies

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

For the Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-2 tablespoons heavy cream or milk
  • dash of salt
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • sprinkles for decorating
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  • In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. You can use a stand mixer, an electric hand mixer, or a fork and some elbow grease to do this. It’s up to you.
  • Add the egg and vanilla and stir until very smooth.
  • Add the Greek yogurt and stir until combined.
  • Add the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and all-purpose flour and stir until well combined. The dough will be sticky.
  • Place the dough on a piece of plastic wrap, shape into a disk, wrap well, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to 36 hours.
  • When you are ready to bake the dough, remove it from the fridge, unwrap, and divide it into 2 pieces. Roll the dough out to 1/2 inch thick on a well-floured surface and cut into shapes (I used a 3-inch circle cookie cutter). Place the cut out cookies on a parchment- or baking-mat-lined cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10-11 minutes. The tops of the cookies will be light but the bottom should be lightly brown.
  • Repeat with remaining dough.
  • To make the frosting add the butter, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon of cream or milk, and the dash of salt to a large bowl and beat until fluffy, about a minute (a stand or hand mixer work well for this). Add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth and fluffy. If the frosting is too thick, add the additional tablespoon of cream or milk and beat again.
  • When the cookies are completely cooled, add a generous helping of frosting and 4th of July sprinkles.


You can make the dough up to a day ahead of time and keep it in the fridge until you are ready to bake. The cookies can also be made a day ahead of time and stored (unfrosted) in an airtight container. These travel best in a single layer.


Serving: 1 of 24 cookies, Calories: 183kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.3g, Cholesterol: 25mg, Sodium: 230mg, Potassium: 25mg, Fiber: 0.3g, Sugar: 20g, Vitamin A: 216IU, Vitamin C: 0.004mg, Calcium: 21mg, Iron: 1mg
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I love a good party, so I also wanted to include a list of my favorites foods to take/eat/make for a picnic, party, or cookout. Let me know if you make one – few things make me happier than seeing my recipes in your kitchen!

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  1. Mina says:

    Hey, urgent question! Wondering if the butter used is salted or unsalted, thanks so much!!

    1. Melissa says:

      Use what you have on hand, it was test with salted butter.

  2. Abby says:

    My dough turned out really wet, seemed like it would definitely be too wet to cut out even after 24 hours of chilling, so I added 2 additional cups of flour. This made the resulting cookies good texturally, but very bland. Definitely needed more sweetness. They do taste a lot like the store bought version though! Next time I’d keep the additional flower and add more sugar and more vanilla to the dough.

    1. Melissa says:

      Sounds like something was off, an extra 2 cups is a whole lot of flour!

  3. Natasha @ Salt & Lavender says:

    These cookies look wonderful! The sprinkles are super cute, and I bet they taste amazing. I want one!!