Woody’s Independence Day Badge Cookie Recipe

Looking for a fun dessert that’s guaranteed to please your Fourth of July posse? Modeled after Woody’s sheriff badge, this colorful cookie star recipe from will make an arresting addition to your holiday weekend.

Woody’s Independence Day Badge Cookies

PREP 30 Min / COOK 10 Min


  • Batch of chilled sugar cookie dough (homemade or store bought)*
  • Plastic wrap
  • Blue gel food coloring
  • Food preparation gloves for kneading food coloring into the dough
  • Flour
  • Waxed paper
  • Rolling pin
  • 2 star-shaped cookie or fondant cutters, one slightly larger than the other**
  • Spatula
  • Baking sheets
  • Cooling rack
  • White cookie icing
  • Small round red candies (such as M&M’s candies)

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Helpful Tip: *If the store-bought brand of cookie dough you use is too soft to hold the cookie shapes while baking, you can knead in a little extra flour to stiffen it prior to rolling it out. **The cutters used for the cookies shown here measure 3-1/4 inches wide and 2-1/2 inches wide.


  1.  Divide the cookie dough into two portions, one slightly larger than the other. Wrap the smaller portion in plastic and keep it chilled for now. Knead blue food coloring into the larger portion.
  2.  Working on a flour-dusted sheet of wax paper, roll out the blue cookie dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Then use the larger of the two cutters to cut out a bunch of star shapes. Bake the blue cookie stars according to the recipe directions, and transfer them to a cooling rack.
  3.  Now roll out the plain dough to 1/4-inch thickness, and use the smaller cutter to cut out an equal number of stars. Bake the plain stars and then let them cool.
  4.  Frost the smaller plain stars with white cookie icing and then set them aside until the icing hardens.
  5.  Now it’s time to assemble the holiday cookie badges. For each one, squeeze a dollop of icing onto the center of a blue star and gently press a white frosted star down on top of it. Next, use small dabs of icing to “glue” round red candies atop the tips of the larger star. Once the icing sets up, the cookies are ready to serve.


About Mike and Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 16 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.