Just in time for your 4th of July celebration, these melt-in-your-mouth Red White and Blue Cookies are about to steal the spotlight with their sparkling beauty and their delicious taste! With just 5 ingredients, these cookies are not only easy to make, they’re pretty to look at too!
Every year, I try to share at least one or two recipes that are either red and white for Canada Day, or red, white, and blue for the 4th of July. Last week, I shared my Canadian Sugar Cook-eh’s recipe with you, so this week, I’m sharing my Red White and Blue Cookies which were specifically prepared for my American friends as well as my Canadian friends who are currently living in the US.
In essence, this is very similar to a classic butter cookie recipe, but with lots of colourful sanding sugar and with fewer ingredients. Some of the ingredients in this cookie dough will have you doubting the recipe, but trust me, you really do need four and a half teaspoons of baking powder!
The great thing about recipes like this is that not only are they easy, delicious, and festive, but they can be prepared to fit just about any celebration. If you want to make these for your national holiday, and you don’t live in Canada or the US, simply change the colour of the sanding sugar. For example, those of you from Germany might consider black, red, and yellow sanding sugar.
SANDING VS GRANULATED SUGAR
I use coarse sanding sugar quite often, and I hope it hasn’t been too difficult for you to find. Sanding sugar is sometimes referred to as baking sugar, and there are some substitutes. You can use other sugars – which are basically the same, but named something differently – there’s pearl sugar and coarse sugar. You cannot, however, use granulated sugar. Let me explain why.
Whereas an individual granule of sanding sugar is large and hard, a single granule of granulated sugar is quite small. Sanding sugar will hold up to the heat in your oven without melting; granulated sugar will hold up, but not as well as sanding sugar. And, your version of these Red White and Blue Cookies will most certainly not look as festive.
If you can only find granulated sugar, I’m afraid this recipe is not right for you. You can find sanding sugars online, but they tend to be more expensive online. If you’re in Canada, go to your local Bulk Barn or your local baking supply store. They have lots of different colours and the price is much, much lower.
As a last resort, I do have other 4th of July themed recipes that you can try instead. Let’s see… how about my Chocolate Glazed Donuts or my Patriotic Glazed Shortbread? I also have these Patriotic M&M Blondies that are so delicious. Hopefully, you can find red, white, and blue M&Ms. They seem to be sold out everywhere right now!
HERES’ WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- Sweetened Condensed Milk – This is the sugar, the milk, and the binder of the recipe. Basically, it holds the cookie together. Please note that in some instances, a can of sweetened condensed milk in Canada can differ from the size of the can in the US. You will need 14 ounces, which is 397 grams.
- Butter – Use softened salted butter for this recipe.
- Flour – Regular all-purpose flour is great.
- Baking Powder – You will need the full 4 1/2 teaspoons! Yes, it’s certainly a lot in comparison to other cookie recipes, but it works every time.
- Sanding Sugar – Obviously, I used red, white, and blue, but you can use any colour combination.
HOW TO MAKE RED WHITE AND BLUE COOKIES
This cookie recipe practically makes itself. It’s really easy to do and it doesn’t require any special skill or talent. Also, you don’t need to make a lot of dishes dirty. The cookie dough all comes together in one bowl. Here’s how to make it!
In a mixing bowl, use a hand-held mixer to beat the butter until light and fluffy. Pour in the sweetened condensed milk and beat it into the butter until well incorporated. Next, add in the flour and the baking powder. Beat into the butter and condensed milk mixture. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes.
Afterwards, portion the dough using a cookie scoop. You will want a slightly rounded teaspoon of the cookie dough. Roll it into a ball and then roll it generously in the sanding sugar. Set onto a prepared baking sheet, leaving two inches of space between each ball.
Bake for exactly 12 minutes at 325 degrees F. Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool for 3-5 minutes before transferring them to a wire cooling rack to finish cooling. Once cooled, cookies can be bagged for gift-giving, or stored in a food-safe container with a tight-fitting lid. Keep on your kitchen counter for up to five days. Also, cookies can be frozen for up to three months.
A CANADIAN WITH AMERICAN RECIPES?
Now, believe it or not, almost every time I share a recipe that celebrates another culture or country, someone will take the time to send me an email telling me I shouldn’t do it. So, yes, I’m not American. I’m Canadian. But, that doesn’t matter when it comes to food and food-related celebrations. Food is like music. It’s transcends boundaries, language, and borders. And, why shouldn’t I – the Canadian – partake in these colourful and expressive cookies? After all, I was raised to be kind, courteous, and respectful to my neighbours.
And, let me tell you, between John.e, McKenna, and myself, we were able to eat lots of them. I did package up three bundles to share with the little ones a few doors down, but we ate the rest and they were delicious! If there are two things in life that one should never live without, it has to be cookies and acceptance. (Maybe not in that order!) Besides, any excuse I can find to break out my collection of sprinkles, I’m going to find it. And, you know how I feel about sprinkles, right!?
Red White and Blue Cookies
- 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
- 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 cup red sanding sugar
- 1/2 cup white sanding sugar
- 1/2 cup blue sanding sugar
- Using a hand-held mixer, beat the butter until light and fluffy.
- Add the condensed milk and beat into the butter until well combined.
- Add the flour and baking powder. Mix into the butter mixture until well incorporated.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- In the meantime, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper. Set aside. Lastly, pour each sugar into a separate shallow bowl for rolling the cookie dough into.
- Remove the cookie dough from the fridge and using a small cookie scoop, portion out slightly heaped teaspoons of the cookie dough. Roll it into a smooth ball and then roll it into the sanding sugar.
- Place the cookie balls on the baking sheet, leaving 2 inches of space between each one.
- Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 3-5 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack to finish cooling.