American Flag Decorated 4th of July Cookie Cake with Buttercream Icing Recipe
Every year we have a neighborhood block party on July 3rd. The golf course near us has a fireworks show every July 3rd (weather permitting) and we can see the fireworks from our street. Everyone gathers in the cul-de-sac for a potluck, the kids play, the grownups talk, and we enjoy the fireworks show. It is always a nice evening.
I was trying to figure out what to make or bring for the potluck. I decided to try making an Independence Day themed cookie cake.
4th of July Cookie Cake Recipe
For the cookie cake I used the NESTLÉ® Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe from the package of milk chocolate chips. You can also get the Nestle Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe here or buy some discounted Nestle Chocolate Chips. Instead of making individual cookies, I spread out the dough on a jelly roll pan lined with parchment paper. I place the whole pan in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. Then, I baked the cookie cake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Move the cookie cake with the parchment paper to a cooling rack. Once the cake is completely cool you can decorate it.
Easy Buttercream Icing Recipe
For the icing, I used my usual butter cream icing recipe.
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) of butter softened
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Mix the powdered sugar, cream, butter, and vanilla until creamy.
- In small Ziploc bags add a few big scoops of icing.
- In each Ziploc bag add any desired food coloring.
- Seal the bag and mix the icing with the food coloring by using your hands on the outside of the bag to move the icing around.
- Cut a small piece of one corner of the bag to be able to pipe the icing.
- If you have piping bags, skip the previous few steps with the Ziploc bag.
- Have fun decorating your cookie cake!
Allow a few hours for the icing to completely harden.