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Patriotic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Patriotic Chocolate Chip Cookies are red, white and blue soft chocolate chip cookies, easy to make, and totally festive!

Make sure to check out my Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies too!

Red White and Blue Cookies!

Let’s all get a little patriotic, and enjoy a chewy, chocolate chip cookie that just happens to be red, white and blue. Of course, I used some pretty gold stars on top too…because…pretty. But those are totally optional.

What’s more American than a chocolate chip cookie? So I decided to make the classic a little festive, which is perfect for 4th of July, Memorial Day, or Labor Day Parties! The recipe is pretty simple to make and the method of making them red, white, and blue is easy too!

I just don’t recommend the red coloring that is liquid form you can find in the supermarket. It does work, but you will need to use a LOT of it to get that true red color.

Patriotic Chocolate Chip Cookies! Red, White and Blue chewy chocolate chip cookies are easy and oh so festive!

Tools You Will Need:

The cookie dough itself doesn’t require anything special that you probably don’t already have: A mixer, a baking sheet, measuring tools, a rubber spatula, and of course the ingredients. But to get the perfect patriotic look here’s what I recommend:

How To Make Red, White, and Blue Cookies:

Make the cookie dough: The dough comes together very quickly, and is easy to make. Pretty much like all chocolate chip cookie recipes.

Cookie Dough

Next, divide the dough into three equal portions. You will dye one of the portions red, leave one plain, and the other one you will dye blue.

Patriotic Chocolate Chip Cookies

More About the Food Coloring:

Above I mentioned the type of food coloring can matter. I recommended a gel-style red food coloring as opposed to the liquid drops you can find at the supermarket. It does work, but you will need to use a LOT of it to get that true red color, and since it is liquid it can change the texture of the dough when you add a it. The gel is very potent, is a thick texture and requires you to use much less.

Patriotic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Next place a piece of plastic wrap on the counter and form each dough portion out into a a 15- inch long log.

Place the three logs of dough next to each other on the plastic wrap, and wrap them tightly with the plastic wrap, forming one large log of dough. The plastic wrap is just used to keep your hands clean and allow you to make a smooth log of dough.

Remove the cling wrap and then just break off the dough with your hands into approximately 2-tablespoon portions. Roll the dough into a loose ball and place it onto a parchment lined baking sheet.

When they bake, they will be totally perfect. I promise you…

How to make red white and blue Patriotic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tips On Adding Sprinkles:

If you use the foil stars like I used here, you will add them AFTER they are baked. But if you choose to use traditional sprinkles, add then BEFORE you bake the cookies.

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Patriotic Chocolate Chip Cookies

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  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 9 mins
  • Total Time: 24 mins
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert


Red White and Blue Cookies that are festive and delicious!


  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • red and blue food coloring
  • golden star sprinkles, if desired


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix the butter and both sugars together for 2 minutes on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add in the egg, vanilla, salt, and baking soda and continue mixing for 1 minute until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  3. Turn the mixer to low and add in the flour, mixing until just incorporated.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips evenly.
  5. Divide the cookie dough into 3 equal portions. Using the food coloring, color one portion of the dough red, and the other blue, leaving one uncolored.
  6. Roll each dough into approximately a 15-inch rope. Place the three next to each other on a large piece of cling wrap. Wrap the cling wrap up tightly, pressing the doughs together forming a large log. Remove the cling wrap and breaking off the dough with your hands into approximately 2-tablespoon portions. Roll the dough into a loose ball and place it onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 9 minutes or until the edges are set. Don’t over bake these!!
  7. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 3-4 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. If desired sprinkle with star sprinkles, pressing them gently into the warm cookie.


I prefer using red food color gel instead of liquid. It produces a more vibrant red color, and you won’t need to use as much.

*Be careful to not over bake these. There is a slightly larger amount of flour in these to ensure thickness, but if you bake them too long, they will get very firm. The cookies might even seem under-baked when you remove them from the oven. This is fine.


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 179
  • Sugar: 14.7 g
  • Sodium: 105 mg
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 23.5 g
  • Protein: 2.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 23.9 mg

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35 comments on “Patriotic Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. Lisa Goldberg

    Super fun recipe and easy to prepare. The author has done a great job explaining the process. My grandkids loved these! Shelly, thanks for another terrific recipe !!

  2. Kristin Eoff

    These were fantastic and looked great! I chilled my dough, so they turned out soft and fluffy, just like I like them. This will be my new chocolate chip cookie recipe! Better than Tollhouse! I used regular butter and baked them about 8-9 mins. Also, I used liquid food color, and they aren’t quite as bright as yours, but they still look very festive.

  3. This is a difficult recipe. My cookies are
    Spreading and I followed the recipe to a t. I did mix it a lot and have to use a ton of food coloring to get anywhere near the red and blue you have. I suspect my dough is way over mixed. Color is a dark pink and light blue the dough is not white like yours appears to be in it’s undyed portions but I figured that would be the case. Had to bake about 15 minutes. I love this concept it is not working for me though.

    1. I use a red food gel coloring to achieve a true red without having to use a ton of food coloring. I have found that the gels deliver a better result. I am guessing that’s where you ran into the problem!

      1. It may be helpful to write this in your notes or list of ingredients section so the cookies come out the same as yours. Cookies are so bright and beautiful.

  4. These were actually very easy to make and turned out yummy! I didn’t end up with large cookies because I was worried they might run but they held their size. I used drops of food coloring and it did turn out a bit pastel like but still a success!


    I didn’t use your recipe for cookie dough, but for inspiration using my much loved recipe…so happy how they came out!

  6. Jackie Barrell

    Hi Shelly! I’m making these now and they are spreading and won’t keep their shape? I tried chilling the dough and still spreading, any tip?

    1. That’s very strange, I’ve never had that issue… could be a few things causing the cookies to spread, but since you have the dough already done I would recommend to troubleshoot: baking them at a slightly higher temp, like 375°F, and taking them out as soon as they start to set up at the edges, 7-8 minutes. If they still spread as soon as they come out of the oven and are warm use a spatula to press the edges back and reform them. Hope this helps!

  7. Made these in a jelly roll pan without the food coloring for a quick version. Baked at 350 for 25 minutes and they came out great!

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