Simple Striped Cookies in Red, White, and Blue

Need a simple cookie idea for your Memorial Day picnic?  Then these are perfect for you.  They make a huge impact without taking a lot of time.

Begin a day or three ahead by outlining and flooding a plain cookie {any shape is fine} with white icing.  Let dry overnight.

The next day you will need:

  • red piping icing with a #2 tip
  • blue piping icing with a #1.5 tip
  • light blue piping icing with a #1 or #1.5 tip

I started with the red and piped straight lines across the cookie.  I went for a random pattern rather than symmetrical so I could claim it was planned if I goofed…but that’s just me

I gave the red a few minutes and then I moved onto dark blue.  Same thing…lines.

Give them another few minutes, then again…lines.  No yawning!

Mix them with simple stars and you’ll have win best of the block party.

Here are a few tips to make these cookies even easier.

  • Consistency is the key to straight unbroken lines.  Imagine the way toothpaste flows out of the tube when you squeeze…that’s what you’re going for.  I’d almost compare it to pudding.
  • For a visual example of what piping icing should look like, watch my video HERE.
  • Keep steady pressure on the icing bag for the entire length of the line.  If you stop squeezing, it will break.
  • When mixing blue, make and bag the darker shade first. Then, without rinsing the container add white icing and mix.  The leftover icing is perfect for creating a lighter shade of blue.
  • I used tulip red {which you can read about HERE} and navy blue Americolor for this project but you can use any colors you like.
  • Use leftover icing to decorate star cookies.  Outline them first, then thin out the remaining icing to use for flooding.

Quick cookies equal more time to enjoy Memorial Day, which sounds like a good plan to me.  But with all the time you saved there may be time for a cake too!

Or,  if you’re feeling a little more ambitious cookie-wise, you could make {or spend time gazing at} these.

Have a happy Memorial Day, friends.  Spend time with the ones you love and EAT COOKIES!