Patriotic Sugar Cookie Cups

Patriotic Sugar Cookie Cups

Looking for something quick and easy to bring with you to a Fourth of July-themed party or for your own event? Look no further than these easy and delicious patriotic sugar cookie cups that you can have ready in just a half-hour!

Patriotic Sugar Cookie Cups

What Do I Need?

To get started, here’s what you’ll need for this recipe. Some pre-cut sugar cookie dough, vanilla frosting, blue food coloring, patriotic sprinkles (you can get some here), and an optional piping bag with a tip that helps make this easy you can find here.

How Do You Make Cookie Cups?

The idea of cookie cups comes from making cookies inside of a mini muffin tin, which creates a small bowl or cup-shaped cookies that you can then decorate or fill afterward.

Why Use Store-Bought Sugar Cookies?

This recipe does call for pre-cut store-bought sugar cookie dough, mainly because it helps with making the cookies form properly into cups and it also makes prep much simpler and quicker.

Can I Use Any Color Frosting?

You’re welcome to customize how you want these to be the red, white, and blue colors for the 4th of July or completely change the colors if you want to use this idea for any other event or fun theme.

How Long Do I Bake Sugar Cookie Cups?

At 350 degrees Fahrenheit, the recommended time for store bought sugar cookie cups is 12 to 15 minutes of baking. Of course you can refer to your package directions for help, or just watch and take your cookies out when they’re golden.

Can You Store Extra Cookie Cups?

It’s easy to store aside any extra cookie cups you make either to be able to make these ahead of time for events or keep any that don’t get eaten right away. Any airtight container will do just fine, and keep in a cool place so the frosting doesn’t melt.

Do These Have to Fully Cool?

Yes, you need to let your cookie cup creations cool fully before you finish by filling them and decorating before serving. The center won’t actually divot until during cooling after you’ve baked this treat, so they definitely need to cool off.

What Do You Make Cookie Cups For?

Well, this particular idea is for patriotic events like the Fourth of July or Memorial Day, but you can make cookie cups of all kinds for any party, fun dessert, or pretty much any time you would normally make cookies but more fun and customized.

Do I Need Sprinkles and Piping Bags?

The recipe references a piping bag and tip you can purchase for yourself online as well as a specific patriotic sprinkle mix. This is just so you can get results like the images, you’re welcome to use your own methods and sprinkles or no sprinkles at all.

How Can I Make Cookie Cups Better?

Want an interesting upgrade idea for making these even better for your event? You can fill the cookie cups with anything you want! That includes ice cream, jams or jellies, and so much else. Have fun with it if you want something more unique.

Ready to get baking and creative? To make your own sugar cookie cups for your patriotic event of any kind, or just for some yummy fun treats today, follow the recipe below.

Patriotic Sugar Cookie Cups

Patriotic Sugar Cookie Cups

Super easy red, white, and blue treat made with pre-packaged sugar cookies, a can of frosting, and patriotic sprinkles. This delicious treat is ready in no time, and perfect for those patriotic summer holidays!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Extra Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 24


  • Storage: store in an air tight container


  • 16 oz package of pre cut sugar cookie dough, 24 ct
  • 8 oz vanilla frosting
  • 11 drops blue food coloring
  • Red, white, and bluestars and stripes sprinkle mix
  • (Optional) Wilton 1M star piping tip and piping bag


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • (optional) Grease a mini muffin tin to make the cookies easier to slide out.
    Patriotic Sugar Cookie Cups
  • Put one piece of cookie dough into each of the 24 mini muffin tin cavities.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden.
  • Remove from the oven and set on a cooling rack to cool. The center will form a crater once cooled.
  • Once cooled, remove the cookies from the muffin tins and set them on a tray of baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
    Patriotic Sugar Cookie Cups
  • Add frosting to the center crater of the cookie cups. You can do this using a spoon, or by using the star piping tip if you want them to look exactly like these ones.
  • Top with sprinkles.
    Patriotic Sugar Cookie Cups

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