Do you love fireworks and everything red, white and blue? These Patriotic Star-Spangled Sugar Cookies are perfect for ALL the patriotic holidays - Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Labor Day! Chocolate Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies are rich in chocolate flavor and incredibly soft. Paired with easy Royal Icing and decorated with colorful red, white & blue sprinkles and edible sparkles, they light up the night and every Fourth of July celebration!
WHAT IS THE SECRET OF PERFECT CHOCOLATE SUGAR COOKIES?
To ensure the wonderfully soft sugar cookies of your dreams, you want to roll the dough about ¼-inch thick. This may seem too thick when you are rolling and cutting, but it’s absolutely key if you want perfect sugar cookies for munching and decorating!
The secret ingredient that makes these cookies perfect? Cream Cheese and a touch of cornstarch keep these cookies sturdy, but still soft and chewy – almost like a Chocolate Brownie Sugar Cookie!
If you’ve found your cut-out sugar cookies lose their shape in the past, it could have been due to a few factors (too much butter in the recipe, dough too warm, dough not rolled thick enough, etc.), but I can tell you that this recipe yields absolutely beautiful edges that do not spread if you take care to roll to the appropriate thickness (if rolled too thin then they can spread) and chill the cut-out dough before baking.
CHOCOLATE SUGAR COOKIE TIPS & TRICKS:
TIPS & TRICKS FOR THE BEST EASY ROYAL ICING:
CHOCOLATE CREAM CHEESE SUGAR COOKIES:
2-1/4 cups (270g) all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (63g) unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (172g) unsalted butter (softened to room temperature)
4 ounces cream cheese (room temperature)
1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
1 large egg (room temperature)
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
EASY ROYAL ICING:
4 cups powdered sugar
3 Tablespoons Meringue Powder
1 Tablespoon corn syrup (Karo)
2 Tablespoons flavoring (I use clear vanilla)
8-10+ Tablespoons water (room temperature)
AmeriColor Bright White Soft Gel Food Coloring (strongly recommended!)
FOR DECORATING: Royal Icing, Patriotic Sprinkles & Edible Sparkle Dust
HOW I MAKE THESE:
YIELD: Makes about 27 (three-inch) cookies (or 20 4-inch cookies)
Originally recipe created by Snowflakes & Coffeecakes; published July 2021.
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