If you’re looking for the perfect patriotic treat, try these Red White and Blue Cookies! This delicious dessert is made with cream cheese, dried blueberries, strawberries, and white chocolate chips.
You’ll love the light and tender cookie paired with the sweet fruity flavors. Slightly chewy and totally tasty, these cookies are ideal for a patriotic occasion or an anytime treat!
💚 Why You'll Love This Recipe
Looking for the perfect patriotic dessert to serve at your next cookout or barbecue? Try these super tasty red white and blue cookies!
With cream cheese in the dough for extra rich results, these decadent cookies are loaded with white chocolate chips and dried fruits. Excellent for any patriotic holiday or just an everyday summer treat!
I love using white chocolate chips in cookies, like I did with my Matcha Cookies with White Chocolate. They give your cookies the perfect amount of comforting sweetness!
🧂 Ingredients Needed
- salted butter - you can also use unsalted butter if you prefer to be more precise about the amount of salt in this cookies.
- cream cheese - results in soft and tender cookies.
- sugar - I used granulated sugar, but other sweeteners can also be substituted.
- eggs - allow your eggs to come up to room temperature.
- all purpose flour
- baking powder and baking soda - ensure that your cookies end up nice and fluffy.
- salt - helps balance out the sweetness.
- dried strawberries and dried blueberries - provide the red and blue colors in these patriotic cookies, as well as fruity flavor.
- white chocolate chips - for some additional sweetness as well as the white of your red white and blue cookies.
- Add butter, cream cheese, and sugar to a large bowl.
- Cream together until well combined.
- Add eggs one at a time until well incorporated, then add vanilla as well.
- Add dried strawberries, blueberries, and white chocolate chips to the bowl.
- Fold together until just combined, then allow the batter to sit for half an hour in the fridge.
- Portion the batter onto a prepared cookie sheet, then bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees F. Give the cookies a few minutes to cool on the sheet, then move to a wire wrack.
Adding cream cheese to cookie dough results in cookie that are particularly rich and decadent, but not too heavy or dense.
Any supermarket should have dried fruit available for purchase. Trader Joe's is a great option, and whatever fruit you don't use for your cookies is great for snacking!
December 4th is National Cookie Day, which means nobody can judge you for eating as many cookies as you want that day! Serve these red white and blue cookies or any of your favorite varieties and make a fun cookie platter to celebrate.
💭 Expert Tips and Tricks
- Allow any cold ingredients (butter, eggs, cream cheese) to come up to room temperature before making your patriotic cookies. This will ensure a smooth batter that comes together easily.
- On the other hand, once the dough is mixed, don't skip the chilling step! Chilled dough is much easier to work with and prevents cookies from spreading too much in the oven.
- Due to their fat content, these cookies might brown quicker than you're used to. Keep an eye on them.
- The batter might be a bit stickier or thinner than you're used to, but this is perfectly normal.
📌 These yummy and patriotic cookies are excellent for celebrating the 4th of July, Memorial Day, Independence Day, or to bring along to any summer barbecue or picnic!
💡 Substitutions and Variations
- Instead of blueberries, you could use dried blackberries. Dried raspberries can be substituted for the strawberries as well.
- There are a number of ways to achieve the patriotic coloring of these red white and blue cookies. Separate the dough into three batches and dye one blue and one red, then swirl them together. Use patriotic sprinkles, or drizzle with melted chocolate dyed the appropriate colors.
- Instead of fruit, you could also use candy coated chocolates in red white and blue colors.
🥫 Storage and Reheating
Keep your cookies in an airtight container or zip-top plastic bag. Store them in the fridge so they'll last up to a week, or on the counter they'll be good for 2-3 days.
⏲️ Make Ahead Instructions
Make your dough ahead of time and scoop onto a prepared baking sheet, then keep in the freezer until it's time to bake. They can be baked from frozen, though they may need an extra minute or two.
🍴 What To Serve With This Dish
For a delicious and seasonal dessert, pair your red white and blue cookies with a combination of Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles and plain Lemonade Popsicles! You can also pair them with this Fresh Strawberry Mousse, or dip/drizzle them in Easy Chocolate Glaze with Powdered Sugar.
✔️ More Summer Desserts You'll Love
- Berry Delicious Cheesecake Fluff - This unique combination of cheesecake flavored filling and sweet fresh berries is sure to be a sweet summer hit!
- No Churn Cherry Ice Cream - No fancy equipment required to make this super tasty homemade cherry ice cream.
- Cream Cheese Lemonade Pie - Combine tangy cream cheese with sweet and sour lemon for a unique and nostalgic frozen dessert.
- Strawberry Shortcake - This classic dessert from Love and Lemons is ideal for hot summer afternoons!
Patriotic Cream Cheese Cookies
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📋 Recipe Card
Red White and Blue Cream Cheese Cookies
- In a large bowl, cream together butter, cream cheese, and sugar for about 2 minutes.1 cup salted butter, 4 ounces cream cheese, 1 cup sugar
- Add eggs to butter mixture one egg at a time. Add vanilla and mix.2 eggs, 2 teaspoons vanilla
- In small bowl add flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda and whisk slightly. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and mix until just combined.2 ½ cups all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon baking soda
- Fold in freeze dried strawberries, blueberries, and white chocolate chips.½ cup freeze dried strawberries, ½ cup freeze dried blueberries, ½ cup white chocolate chips
- Let batter mixture rest for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a cookie scoop to portion out batter.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes and then remove to finish cooling on a wire rack.
- Ensure that your butter, cream cheese, and eggs are at room temperature before you begin. Room temperature ingredients incorporate more evenly and result in smoother dough.
- Don't skip the chilling step. Chilled dough is easier to handle, prevents cookies from spreading excessively, and enhances flavor.
- Dip your cookie scoop in flour before each use to prevent sticking.
- Keep a close eye on the cookies, as they can brown quickly due to the higher fat content from the cream cheese and butter.
- Store cookies in an air tight container or zipper top bag. Place in the refrigerator if they will be available for several days, or on counter if they will be eaten in 2-3 days.
- Other colorful mix-ins include patriotic sprinkles, red white and blue candies, or other dried fruits like blackberries and raspberries.
Nutritional information is an estimate. The nutritional values for your final dish may vary based on measuring differences and products used.