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decorated USA flag sugar cookies

Royal Icing For Decorating American Flag Decorated Sugar Cookies

Linda Appiah
Do you want a sweet patriotic project for the family to enjoy? Then these American flag-decorated cookies are sure to engage everyone. These sugar cookies are delicious and easy to make but needs to be chilled before use. They are sure to be the hit at any 4th July party.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 3 cups
Calories 20 kcal



  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 4 cups powdered sugar.
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon food colors (white for the entire icing )
  • dash food colors(red and blue)


  • Combine the meringue powder and warm water in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix at medium speed for about 2 minutes until fluffy and foamy.
  • Add the powdered sugar and the extract to the meringue mixture. Start stirring at the lowest speed until all the powdered sugar is incorporated. Increase the speed to medium-high for 3 to 4 minutes until you achieve desired consistency. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula to ensure everything is mixed in and add white food color.
  • The amount of mixing time can vary from 3-5 minutes depending on the humidity. Beat icing until it changes from the ivory color to a white. The longer you beat the icing the stiffer it becomes so when you get the consistency you want you stop mixing.
  • divide into small containers with an airtight cover and cover since uncovered icing will crust.
  • Mix in the colors you are using and add a little color at a time (always use gel food colors since it will not alter the consistency of the icing).
  • Remove a small portion for piping and use remaining for flood icing. Use a glass to hold icing bag while filling with icing. A damp paper towel helps keep the tips from drying out when decorating.
  • To make flood consistency, slowly add water 1 tsp at a time, until icing thins to desired consistency. When a spatula run through the center, it creates a line that disappears in about 10-12 seconds. It should not be too thin or runny and not too thick too.
  • Decorate the cookies following the video above if you are a beginner. Use the piping icing to outline all the cookies.
  • Flood or fill in the outlines with flooding icing and use a toothpick to guide the icing into tight edges and corners. Allow one color to dry for about 15-20 minutes before adding a second color.
  • For fireworks, fill in the outline and while the icing is still wet add the second color. Use the toothpick to spread the second color out to create the effect.
  • Allow the cookies to set and enjoy or dry overnight before packaging.


How to Store decorated Cookies
Decorated sugar cookies will stay fresh for about 4 weeks when properly stored. Once the cookies are decorated and dried, package them in cello bags and seal them with a heat sealer. if you do not have a heat sealer, an airtight container will keep them fresh for some days. Or you can put cookies in cello bags and tie them with ribbon to help cookies stay fresh for a while.


Serving: 3cupsCalories: 20kcal
Keyword 4th July recipe, American flag cookies, decorating cookies, Patriotic Cookies, Royal icing
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