These easy cookies will light up your guests like fireworks.
Three cheers for the red, white and blue... gummy bear thumbprint cookies, that is! These patriotic treats are perfect for your holiday cookouts and potlucks, or if you just feel like showing a little pride for the good ol’ US of A—and for cookies. I understand.
These thumbprint cookies are a riff on this recipe (inspired by The Baking Robot) and they’re so easy to make, which means less time in front of the oven and more time to enjoy the outdoors, lighting sparklers and gobbling down hot dogs (and eventually, these cookies).
So let’s get baking!
To start, combine Betty Crocker™ sugar cookie pouch mix with an egg, some flour and butter. Stir it all together until a dough forms.
Divide and roll the dough into approximately 36 (1-inch) balls, then place each cookie on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Using your thumb or forefinger, carefully press a deep indent into the center of each cookie. Be careful not to poke a hole right through the cookie, or the gummy bear will fall right out when you transfer the baked cookies to the cooling rack! I know this from sad experience.
Get those red, white and blue gummy bears ready!
Chill the dough for a few minutes in the fridge or freezer, then bake for 8 to 10 minutes until the cookies are just about set. Open the oven door, pull the oven rack about halfway out and gently press a red, white or blue gummy bear candy into the indent of each cookie. Close the oven door again and bake the cookies another 2 minutes or so, just until the gummy bears are melted and the cookies are set.
Cool the cookies a few minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely. Once cooled, drizzle the tops with melted white chocolate chips, if desired. If you want to go extra-fancy/extra-fun, sprinkle the drizzle with patriotic sprinkles, too!
Let the icing set completely before serving the cookies. Having fireworks go off when you make your entrance with these treats is entirely optional (though highly recommended).
I mean, who doesn’t want to cheer for these cookies?