These 4th of July Cookies are an easy, delicious, and make-ahead cookie for the 4th of July. Don’t miss these simple 4th of July Cookies with festive red, white, and blue M&M’s that are great as is or perfect to make a festive ice cream sandwich!

4th of July Cookies with red white and blue m&m's sitting on a white pedestal

Coming up with a dessert treat for Independence Day couldn’t be easier or tastier. These 4th of July cookies are so simple, delicious, and soft – all your guests are sure to love them!

Bake ahead and freeze in a ziplock bag, or make and refrigerate the dough a day in advance and bake the day of. These cookies are thin, soft, and stay delicious for days after making them.

Guests are going to love how big and crunchy yet soft these cookies are. Plus you with all of the white chocolate chips and M&M’s, you are guaranteed to get a sweet treat in every bite.

4th of July cookies on a plate.

4th of July Ice Cream Sandwiches

These cookies are also great to use to make ice cream sandwiches. They are the perfect texture and size for a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Ice cream sandwich.

To turn your 4th of July cookies into ice cream sandwiches, simply add a scoop of slightly softened vanilla ice cream on to the cookie bottom. Then, sandwich it with a cookie top. You can eat immediately or freeze for later.

How to Make 4th of July Cookies

The recipe for these cookies is actually a modified version of the Nestle Tollhouse recipe. It has been tried and tested for guaranteed deliciousness.

These are not your small fluffy cookies. The cookies will spread so make sure you are leaving space on your cookie tray when baking.

Firstly, whisk together the dry ingredients; set aside. Then, cream together the room temperature butter and sugars for a couple of minutes. Next, add in the eggs and vanilla.

Cookie dough in a mixing bowl.

Stir in the flour mixture and about a cup of the white chocolate chips. You want to save the rest of pressing on to the tops of the cookies later.

bowl of cookie dough with a wooden spoon.

Then, scoop the cookie dough using a cookie scoop, roll into balls, and place on cookie sheet. Make sure you leave room because these cookies will spread.

Cookies on a baking sheet with red and blue M&M's pressed into them.

To ensure that the 4th of July Cookies have uniform red, white, and blue on top, don’t add the M&M’s and remaining white chocolate chips until after you have dropped them on the cookie sheet.

Lastly, press the M&M’s and chips on top of the cookie dough and bake at 350 degrees for about 9-10 minutes. Let the cookies sit before removing them to a rack to cool.

4th of July cookies on a baking sheet.

Even if the cookies spread a bit, they are still delicious and the perfect Independence Day treat! I like to freeze a batch of cookies too; they are great chilled or warm out of the oven.

4th of July Cookies on a white plate.

More Delicious Cookies

There is nothing I love more than a tasty cookie. Be sure to check out some of my other fan favorite cookies:

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cookies

Pretzel M&M Oatmeal Cookies

St Patrick’s Day Cookies

M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies

No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Cookies

Almond Ricotta Cookies

I hope you love these 4th of July Cookies. Be sure to comment below if you try them. Enjoy!

4th of July cookies

4th of July Cookies with M&M’s

Make ahead and either bake the day of or freeze in large ziplock bags. Also excellent served sandwiched between a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. Recipe adapted from Nestle Tollhouse
5 from 12 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes
Servings: 48 cookies
Calories: 125kcal


  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened (two sticks)
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups white chocolate chip morsels divided
  • ½ cup red and blue M&M’s


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment or nonstick baking mat; set aside.
  • Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in 1 cup of the white chocolate chips. 
  • Roll about a tablespoon of batter and drop onto ungreased baking sheets. (Cookies will spread, so make sure you have enough space.) Gently press down the batter and add in 3-4 M&M's and 4-5 white chocolate chips to the top of the cookie. 
  • Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 4 minutes and remove to wire racks to cool completely. 



To turn into ice-cream sandwiches, simply scoop vanilla ice-cream onto a cookie and add another cookie on top. Sprinkle the sides with festive sprinkles, if desired. Freeze up to a day in advance. 


Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 136IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
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Looking for more great 4th of July Recipes, don’t miss this entire 4th of July Menu that is completely make ahead! Also, for another easy dessert to serve on the 4th of July, try these super simple Fruit and Donut Kabobs.

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  1. 5 stars
    I am so happy I made these. They are so easy to make but most of all they are delicious! Thank you for a wonderful recipe. I think the grandkids will love these for the 4th of July.

  2. 5 stars
    Oh how fun! Definitely the perfect July 4th treat. They sound amazing as the base for ice cream sandwiches.

  3. 5 stars
    I know what I’m bringing to our family’s fourth of July cookout!! Everyone is going to love these!

  4. 5 stars
    I made this recipe for my husband’s squadrons 4th of July BBQ and they were a hit!. It was easy to make, and they baked up deliciously.