4th Of July “Stained Glass” Red, White & Blue Star Cookies

The 4th of July is a big holiday in my family. A big family reunion at the beach, lots of memories made and lots of good eats. This year I have a very special treat for everyone, and I could squeal with delight how well they turned out. 

Stained Glass Red, White & Blue Star Cookies!

4th of July Stained Glass Star Cookies
Yep. It’s a mouthful, but I feel like every part of the name is important. So longest cookie name ever! 

Back in April I saw pictures of Stained Glass Easter Egg Cookies, and I fell in love. I instantly decided I need to make them, but for the 4th of July! 

I didn’t really have a recipe, just a picture in my mind that I saw months ago. So there was a bit of trial and error going on in my kitchen this weekend. Ultimately, the results are exactly what I pictured in my head. Oh and they are delicious too! 

4th of July Star Cookies

  • 2¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • crushed Jolly Ranchers (Cherry & Blue Raspberry)
  • Wilton nesting star cookie cutters
  • non-stick foil (trust me!)

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a small bowl, mix flour, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla.

Gradually add the dry ingredients.

Cover dough and refrigerated for at least 20 minutes. 

*** The trick to these cookies is to roll the dough very thin. Very thin. Because of the thinness, it is difficult to move the shape. So I found that the easiest thing to do was to cut the stars out on the non-stick foil, on the cookie sheet. This way, nothing has to move. (Please note, I took my prep pictures during my first batch, and I did not use non-stick foil. Half of the candied centers made it, half did not. Trust me on the foil.)

From the Wilton nesting star cookie cutters set I used the second biggest for the cookie and the smallest to cut out the center of each cookie. 

Candy Filled 4th of July Star Cookies
Place your Jolly Ranchers (or other clear, hard candy) in a thick plastic baggie and smash. (I used Cherry and Blue Raspberry Jolly Ranchers (original flavors) for the cookies. I also had Watermelon, but they are very light in color. Still yummy, but Cherry looks best.)

Fill each star with 1 – 1/2 teaspoon of candy.

Bake 5 minutes in the oven, or until golden.

Let stand on cookie sheet about 2 minutes before removing so candies have a chance to harden. 

Happy 4th of July!!!

Red White Blue Star Cookies


  1. This is so unique! I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s not only pretty, it sounds delicious too! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Love how well these turned out. I made pink, red, and purple hearts for preschool Valentines.

  3. Wow, these are fabulous. I had no clue you could actually make a cookie look like that from a popular candy. Brilliant!

  4. Love these! They are so beautiful and what kid wouldn’t love to gobble these up? 🙂 Pinned and on my list for next year!

    • Thanks so much! They were a huge hit at our 4th of July party yesterday with kids young and old 😉

  5. These are beautiful! I’ve tried to make stained glass cookies before, but without success, I think I’ll give your recipe a try 🙂
    Thanks so much for linking up on Cook it! Craft it! Share! last week – hope to see you again this week, too 🙂
    PS – pinned this to the party board 🙂


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