You can buy colored sugar in the baking aisle, but I find it's much cheaper to make your own for these cute and colorful cookies.
Start by making the cookie dough. This recipe uses egg whites instead of whole eggs to make the dough white rather than yellow.
Spread the dough out between 2 pieces of plastic wrap on a cutting board, rolling it into a rectangle about 1/8 inch thick. Refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes.
While the dough is chilling, mix up your red and blue sugars. Add gel food coloring to the sugar, and mix really well with a fork until it's uniform and bright in color.
Pull out the dough, and remove the top piece of plastic wrap. Sprinkle the dough with patches of red and blue sugar. Maybe it's because I read a lot to my toddler, but doesn't it look like a Seussical character?
Now start at one end, and use the plastic wrap to help you roll the dough tightly. Wrap the log in the plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 30 minutes. You can also refrigerate it overnight.
Unwrap the log, and use a sharp knife to slice off sections about 1/2 inch thick.
Spread the cookies out on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake for about 15 minutes at 325 degrees F, until the edges just start to turn golden. These cookies will keep in an airtight container for several days and are perfect for eating while watching fireworks.
For this cookie recipe, you really want white dough to contrast with the red and blue sugar. If you can't find white salted butter, you can sub coconut oil plus 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt. You can save time on July 4th by making the rolled log of dough in advance and keeping it wrapped in the fridge up to three days before slicing and baking.
Prep time: 10 minutes | Inactive time: 1 hour | Bake time: 15 minutes | Total time: 1 hour 25 minutes
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