buttercream glaze tie dye cookies for the 4th of July

How to Make Buttercream Glaze Tie Dye Cookies

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It’s always nice to have some kid friendly sugar cookies to decorate – no fancy tools needed! These buttercream glaze tie dye cookies are the perfect activity for the 4th of July. They resemble fireworks to me but I suppose you can decorate them in any pattern. The kids are the ones with all the creativity, right? Simply melt the buttercream frosting to create a glaze and let the kids pour it onto the cookies. Just don’t forget to place some parchment paper under the cookies first!

Follow along for the simple step-by-step tutorial for these patriotic tie dye cookies!

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Part 1: Gathering your Supplies for your Buttercream Glaze Tie Dye Cookies

To create these fun glazed sugar cookies, you will want to gather:

Part 2: Baking the Cookies and Instructions for How to Make Buttercream Glaze

  1. Roll, cut out, and bake your sugar cookies according to the recipe below.
  2. Make your buttercream icing according to the recipe below and separate it into three bowls. Mix your blue gel dye in one bowl and red in another. Check out my tips on how to make buttercream whiter if yours is looking a bit yellow.
  3. Take out about a cup of each color of frosting and place it into microwave safe cups. Add a tablespoon or so of milk to each cup of frosting.
  4. Microwave each cup in 5-10 second intervals, stirring in between each microwave session. You want the buttercream to be completely melted but not too hot. The consistency should be like a thick corn syrup. If you over-melted, you can use the fork to add in the extra frosting that wasn’t microwaved. Once you work your way through one cup of melted buttercream while decorating your cookies, repeat this step for more glaze.
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So pretty! I love the look of glaze. Your microwave safe cups will be filled with more frosting, of course. I just got ahead of myself with the photo-taking!
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Easy No Chill No Spread Sugar Cookie Dough

These classic vanilla cut out sugar cookies are so easy! There is no need to put these into the refrigerator before baking - simply mix, roll, cut out, and bake all at once!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: No Chill No Spread Sugar Cookie Dough
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies depending on the size of your cookie
Author: Leah Buehler


  • Stand Mixer with Paddle Attachment
  • Measuring Bowls & Spoons


  • 1 cup cold salted butter cut into cubes
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, mix your flour and baking powder together. When measuring the flour, make sure to scoop up the flour with a spoon and add it to your measuring cup, one spoonful at a time. This helps obtain the correct amount of flour without needing to weigh it. Once you have a cup, level it out by running a knife across the top of the measuring cup. Then, add it to the large mixing bowl and repeat for the remaining flour. Set the mixture of flour and baking powder aside for a minute.
  • In your electric mixer, combine the sugar and butter using the paddle attachment until they are creamed together.
  • Add in your egg and vanilla extract and mix to combine.
  • Slowly add in one cup (or whatever your mixer can handle) at a time of the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. The mixture should be slightly sticky but still form a nice ball.
  • On a floured surface, roll out the dough to about a 1/4 of an inch thick & cut out your cookies. A great tip is to flour your rolling pin and any cookie cutters you may be using. Transfer the cut out cookies to a baking sheet lined with a  silicone mat using a large flat spatula.
  • Bake for about 10 minutes and let cool on the baking sheet. The dough will be done when the center of the dough doesn’t look wet and the edges are golden.


Place in an air tight container in the freezer if you aren't decorating these cookies within 24 hours. Allow the cookies to come back to room temperature before frosting. Find my crusting buttercream recipe here: Crusting Buttercream Icing for Sugar Cookies and my tips for getting started with decorating buttercream sugar cookies here: How to Decorate Buttercream Sugar Cookies for Beginners 


crusting buttercream icing for sugar cookies

All American Crusting Buttercream Frosting Recipe

I recommend using a crusting buttercream when decorating buttercream sugar cookies. This allows the buttercream to form an outside crust, giving them a bit more protection from getting accidentally squished. This is essential if you plan to transport these cookies from your house to another location or if you want to stack or seal them.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Crusting All American Buttercream Icing
Prep Time: 1 hour
Mixing Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Author: Leah Buehler


  • Stand Mixer with Paddle Attachment
  • Measuring Spoons & Bowls


  • 1 cup room temperature unsalted butter
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening such as Crisco
  • 2 lbs. plus 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. clear vanilla extract I use artificial
  • 2-4 tbsp. give or take room temperature whole milk


  • In your electric mixer, use the paddle attachment to mix the butter and vegetable shortening together. 
  • Slowly mix in the powdered sugar, only adding as much as your electric mixer can handle at a time.
  • Mix in the vanilla extract and 2 tbsp. of milk. If the mixture is too stiff, add more milk. I prefer a consistency of smooth peanut butter for cookies that have a lot of line work and a slightly stiffer consistency for piping flowers.


This recipe will store nicely in the fridge for a few weeks in an airtight container. You can also leave your decorated cookies at room temperature for several days, as the frosting will be shelf-stable due to the mixture of sugar and fat.

Part 3: How to Decorate the Buttercream Glaze Cookies

Check out this quick video I made to see how easy these buttercream glaze tie dye cookies really are! You can pour these any way you want. 


  1. Place all of the cookies onto parchment paper.
  2. Pick a color of glaze to swirl onto the cookie and then repeat with the other two colors. I like to keep the fork in the cup so I can test the consistency before pouring, as it will thicken with time. If it starts getting too thick, pop it into the microwave for 10 seconds again. patriotic sugar cookies
  3. Use a toothpick to blend the red, white, and blue buttercream glaze all together. how to make buttercream glaze tie dye cookies
  4. Lastly, let these cookies dry for a couple hours on the parchment paper – if you can wait to eat them that is! how to make tie dye sugar cookies using buttercream glaze

Part 4: Frequently Asked Questions About Buttercream Glaze

Can you package buttercream glaze cookies?

For these cookies, even though we used a crusting buttercream recipe, it’s probably best not to individually package them. This is because we changed the consistency of the buttercream recipe by adding that tablespoon or so of milk. You can omit the milk and go straight to microwaving; I just like the added shine I get by mixing in some milk first.

If you omit the added milk, allow these cookies to completely dry overnight before packaging.

Can you stack buttercream glaze cookies?

If you omit the additional milk before microwaving the cookies, you should be able to stack the cookies once they are completely dry. I would wait a full 8 hours or even longer before doing so. 

Do you have to refrigerate buttercream glaze cookies?

We still used a high sugar-to-fat ratio for our buttercream recipe, so you do not need to refrigerate these cookies. I leave my cookies out for several days on the counter and they taste great. You can package them up in large Tupperware or Rubbermaid containers to keep them fresh. Lay parchment paper between each layer to avoid accidental transfer of icing if your house gets hot in the summer like mine does.

If you feel better refrigerating them, I’d encourage you to instead freeze them. Sometimes the refrigerator adds too much moisture.

Is buttercream glaze just melted buttercream?

Yes and no. It certainly can be just melted buttercream if you want. The cookies will still resemble glaze and be delicious. I like to add a bit of milk before microwaving the buttercream, though, as it seems to give the cookies more shine.

Part 5: Save this Tutorial for Later

Save The Tutorial for These Tie Dye Glaze Cookies for Later

To save the tutorial for these buttercream glaze cookies for later, simply click on any of the social share icons on the top or side of this page. Alternatively, hover over the image below to pin the image to your Pinterest page! As always, thank you for learning how to decorate sugar cookies with me. Have a Happy 4th of July!

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