Red, White, and Blue Icebox Cookies

Red, White and Blue Icebox Cookies: Easy sugar cookies stored in the freezer. When ready, bake, add glaze and sprinkles! ENJOY!

I love keeping cookies in my freezer. At any given time I could have dozens of different cookie varieties all ready to be baked.

Icebox cookies are an easy cookie to keep on hand. Make a delicious glaze and give them some seasonal sprinkles for that extra touch!

A great trick to keeping your cookies in a cylindrical shape is to use empty paper towel tubes. Roll your dough to desired size. Wrap dough in plastic wrap. Slice paper towel tube lengthwise and lay wrapped dough in tube. This will help keep your dough shaped until you are ready to use.

Red, White and Blue Icebox Cookies: Easy sugar cookies stored in the freezer. When ready, bake, add glaze and sprinkles! ENJOY!

When ready to bake, no need to thaw your dough. Remove it from the freezer, slice frozen dough and bake immediately on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. You can then make the glaze recipe below and add sprinkles, or you can even use canned frosting for a speedier step!

Red, White and Blue Icebox Cookies: Easy sugar cookies stored in the freezer. When ready, bake, add glaze and sprinkles! ENJOY!

The amount of glaze listed below is for the entire recipe of cookies. My dough made two 12inch (about) logs of dough. Cut the glaze recipe in half if you only want to bake one log of dough. You can also change the flavor of your cookies by using different extracts. JELL-O gelatin is another great product that can change the flavor of your dough without changing the consistency!

How cute would these cookies be on your next Fourth of July table?

Red, White and Blue Icebox Cookies: Easy sugar cookies stored in the freezer. When ready, bake, add glaze and sprinkles! ENJOY!

These cute, pink Cherry Swirled Cookies are fun to make too! Roll your dough in sparkly sugar for a fun touch!


Lime Icebox Cookies are another fun version and they taste great too!!


Speaking of Red, White and Blue. These chocolate covered pretzels are easy to make and totally cute!

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Yield: 6-7 dozen

Red, White, Blue Icebox Cookies

Prep Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 39 minutes


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup vanilla sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp milk

For the glaze:

  • 3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • sprinkles


  1. For the cookies, beat butter and sugar in mixing bowl until combined (about 2-3 minutes). Add egg and extract. Beat in flour, salt baking powder and milk. Mix until fully combined and dough comes together. Divide dough in half. Roll each half into a 12 inch log. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and place in a paper towel tube that has been cut lengthwise. Freeze for 3 hours, overnight, or up to one month.
  2. When ready to bake, remove from freezer and unwrap. Do not thaw. Slice frozen dough into 1/4 inch slices. Bake cookies in a 350 degree oven on a parchment paper lined baking sheet for 9-11 minutes. Remove and cool completely.
  3. For the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar, lemon extract and milk until smooth. Dip tops of each cookie in glaze, allowing excess to drip off. Add sprinkles after every dozen cookies. Allow glaze to set, about 30 minutes. Store in airtight container. ENJOY!


**You can substitute granulated sugar for the vanilla sugar, but you may want to add 1/2 vanilla bean scraped, or 1 tsp vanilla extract.

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Red, White and Blue Icebox Cookies: Easy sugar cookies stored in the freezer. When ready, bake, add glaze and sprinkles! ENJOY!


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Posted on June 18, 2013

Comments & Reviews

  1. Fun, easy and festive. 4th of July #musthave Scheduled to share on FB as I think this will be the perfect treat to make this year. Pinned and yummed. Thanks for sharing these cookies friend.

  2. Hi there. I’m trying to bake these now–my once-a-year -do-something-in-the-kitchen event. Did I miss the oven temp somewhere? Is it in 350-degree oven like your cherry swirls? Thanks!

  3. Excellent festive cookie recipe for the 4th of July, Aimee! Also, fabulous tip using cut paper towel rolls to help keep the unbaked cookie dough logs in shape!

  4. So festive, I love this idea. And I am a huge fan of almond extract, so these cookies sound heavenly!

  5. Dude that empty paper towel roll idea is brilliant! Totally gonna try that next time I make icebox cookies. Aimee these are so freaking cute though for 4th of July! Love them 😀

  6. Such a brilliant idea! These look so cute and delicious, and best of all, easy to make!

  7. I have made a simular recipe but by rolling out the dough, and cutting out star shapes with star shaped cookie cutters. Or you can use a star shaped stensil and spinkle red or blue sugar, or red and blue sprinkles

  8. Oh these look fantastic and perfect for the 4th coming up! Loving all of the festive recipes!

  9. Wow you made these cookies super convenient, didn’t you? I think I’m going to have to make them today…I’m having a huge sweet things craving today!

  10. That is an awesome idea to keep cookie dough in shape. It is a pure genius trick! Now following you via bloglovin’

  11. I’ve gotcha on Bloglovin’ and then some. I won’t be missing a recipe! I’m a sucker for red, white, and blue, not to mention good cookies. This recipe satisfies both…I love it!

  12. What a handy tip! My icebox cookies always come out looking wonky. These little cookies will be present at my fourth of July party this year, they are adorable.

    1. Thanks Nicole. I still sometimes get wonky shaped cookies. But that’s only because my kids will be digging in the freezer looking for popsicles and place a roast or something on the dough. Not cool 🙂

  13. They would be perfect for on 4th of july table! And it is just so lovely to have cookies in the freezer so you literally just have to bake them. Lord knows we need that sometimes! 🙂

    1. Exactly!! And you can change up the flavor of the glaze, or add different colored sprinkles. Quite versatile!

  14. Question for you…do these taste more like a traditional sugar cookie that sort of hard and crispy? Or more like a Lofthouse-style cookie that’s more of a lighter sugar cookie and not as cripsy?

    I want to make some of the Lofthouse recipes I’ve seen but they make like…5 dozen! Don’t need that many 🙂

    1. Yeah, I have a Lofthouse recipe on the blog and it makes a million cookies. These are somewhere in-between. If you cut them a little bit thicker I think they would be pretty close. Especially if you top them with some fluffy frosting!

  15. Those are too cute! I love your photos for these…not that I don’t love your other photos. Sheesh! Never mind…you know I heart all your stuff! And that paper tube trick is awesome!!!

    1. I get ya. You think my photography stinks, but this pic is okay. Haha. Just kidding. I think. I heart you 🙂

    1. You totally should! Now I’m off to check out this pina colada poke cake that I’ve seen on pinterest all day….

    1. Thanks Karissa. I’m sure there is a gadget out there to do the same thing…but paper towel tubes work great!

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