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Flag Sugar Cookies

These flag sugar cookies are so easy to make with rectangle cookies and red licorice! Planning a BBQ for Memorial Day or the 4th of July? Don’t forget a sugar cookies station for the kids!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword 4th of july, cut out cookies, sugar cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
cooling 15 minutes
Total Time 41 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 487kcal


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • red licorice
  • blue and star sprinkles
  • frosting


  • In a large mixing bowl combine butter, shortening, and sugar. Beat until fluffy. Turn mixer down and add egg, vanilla and almond extract. Add baking powder. Sift in and flour and cornstarch until mixed thoroughly for 1-2 more minutes.
  • Lightly flour your working surface and shape dough into a large ball.
  • Roll dough out to desired thickness (I usually do 1/4- 3/8″) and cut into shapes. Add flour to the dough if it feels too sticky but a nice soft dough is what you want.
  • Carefully transfer cut out cookie shapes with a spatula to a baking sheet.
  • Bake baking sheets at 325 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Cookies will be soft.
  • Let sit on baking sheet for 5 minutes before carefully moving to a cooling rack.
  • Cool completely before frosting.
  •  Spread cookies with a layer of vanilla frosting.
  • With a toothpick, mark off a small rectangle in the corner as a guide for sprinkling the blue sugar.
  • Add sugar and star sprinkles.
  • Cut licorice pieces to size (it will take 4 per cookie) for the stripes.


This recipe will make 12 (3.5" x 5") cookies.


Calories: 487kcal