4th of July Cookies

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These 4th of July Cookies are soft, chewy, and delicious! A super easy way to make a festive treat you know everyone will love!

4th of july cookies on a white plate


These 4th of July Cookies start with my favorite Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie base and then are dressed up for the holiday. They are thick, soft, chewy, and the perfect cookie in my opinion. And when you can turn a favorite into something festive that is always fun!

If you have a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, you can definitely use it. But if you don’t have a go-to or want to try something new, trust me on this one!

Why You’ll Love These 4th Of July Cookies

  • Easy – Chocolate chip cookies are simple to make, this recipe is no different!
  • Festive – The red, white, and blue M&M’s, and chips make these perfect for any summer get together.
  • Versatile – you really can use any form of red, white and blue that you want. If you want white chocolate chips and to pick out the red and blue M&M’s so you don’t have to buy a special bag great!
adding M&M's and white chocolate chips to cookie dough

What You’ll Need

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  • Butter – I always use unsalted when baking
  • Light Brown Sugar
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla Extract
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Cornstarch
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Red, White & Blue M&M’s – or white chips and red & blue M&M’s
balls of cookie dough topped with white chocolate and M&M"s on a baking sheet

How To Make 4th of July Cookies

  1. Cream together the butter and both sugars for about 2 minutes, until it is fluffly. Add in the egg and vanilla and mix until the egg is fully incorporated. Stir in the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt until the flour just disappears.
  2. Fold in your mix-ins. You want about 1 1/2 cups mixed in. That can be all M&M’s, a mix of white chocolate chips, semi-sweet chocolate chips etc.
  3. Scoop balls of dough onto a baking sheet. Top each ball of dough with some of the reserved red, white and blue candy. Chill for 30 minutes.
  4. Bake for 10-11 minutes until the edges are set, the cookies are golden and appear dry on the top.
  5. Remove and let them cool for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
4th of july cookies on a cooling rack

Recipe Tips & Tricks

  • Chilling the dough will help them stay nice and thick, so I don’t advise skipping this step. They are even better if you let them sit overnight, but not everyone plans ahead like that!
  • Get creative with your red, white and blue. You can use white chocolate chips, and then a regular bag of M&M’s has lots of red and blue you can sort through. M&M’s sells a bag in the summer with these colors. You can also top with festive sprinkles to get the same colors.
  • Freeze your cookie dough. If you don’t want to bake a whole batch, once you scoop the balls of dough, place the tray in the freezer. Then once they are frozen, transfer to a freezer safe bag. When you want to bake a few cookies, take them out and let them set on the counter while your oven preheats.
4th of july cookies on a white plate


Store cooled 4th of July Cookies in an airtight container for 3-4 days at room temperature.

Freezing – you can freeze baked cookies for up to 3-4 months in an airtight container. Or see the tips above for freezing the unbaked dough.

More 4th Of July Treats To Try

cropped close up 4th of july cookies on a white plate
5 from 6 votes

4th of July Cookies

By Erin
These 4th of July Cookies are soft, chewy, and delicious! A super easy way to make a festive treat you know everyone will love!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 22 minutes
Servings: 36


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 whole large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups red, white & blue M&M’s, divided


  • In a stand mixer cream butter and both sugars together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in the egg and vanilla. Add flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Mix until everything is combined.
  • Fold in 1 1/2 cups of red, white and blue M&M's
  • Scoop golf ball sized balls of dough onto a baking sheet. Top each ball of dough with the remaining 1/2 cup candy. Chill for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350º F.
  • Bake for 10-11 minutes, until the edges are set, the tops are golden and appear dry.
  • Remove from the oven and let cookies cool for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack.


You can use white chocolate chips with red & blue M&M's. You just want a total of about 2 cups.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 75mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Course: Dessert Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 36
Calories: 139
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  1. 5 stars
    So softy and chewy! These are irresistible; I make them every year for my 4th of July parade party.

  2. 5 stars
    I made the 4th of July Cookies for our family gathering, and they were fantastic! They looked so colorful and patriotic, and they tasted amazing. A perfect treat for the holiday.

  3. 5 stars
    These cookies are so cute and delicious! Made a batch last night and they turned out good! Can’t wait 4th of July!