Earth Day Cookies from Scratch – Earth Sugar Cookies

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Making your own Earth Day cookies from scratch is super fun with the kids and it’s a delicious way to celebrate. Make these Earth Day sugar cookies using my recipe or your own with my special planet Earth tips.

For a successful Earth Day cookies recipe, leave yourself time to chill the dough. After chilling, you can slice the Earth cookies much more easily.

Slicing Earth Day Cookies from Scratch
Slicing Earth Day Cookies from Scratch

What are some good Earth Day treat ideas?

Earth Day sugar cookies are just one treat idea for this special day. Consider making Earth Day cupcakes or an Earth Day layer cake where you mix up vanilla (white) cake mix with blue and green food dye.

You can create a cupcake or cake design that resembles the Earth by simply marbling the cake mix in the pan. Use a knife to swirl the colors together. Add a streak of white for the clouds if you wish.

Earth Day brownies with blue and green jimmies (sprinkles) would be another fun way to celebrate Earth Day with treats!

How to Make Earth Day Cookies with ANY Sugar Cookie Dough

Discover how to make Earth cookies the easy way! All you need is a favorite sugar cookie dough recipe and blue and green food coloring.

For a quick summary:

  • Mix half of the sugar cookie dough with blue food dye and half with green food coloring.
  • Mix and match blobs of each color dough and create a cylinder shape made of dough.
  • Wrap the dough “cane” or cylinder in wax paper and refrigerate for a while.
  • Finally, slice Earth cookies one by one and bake according to the instructions!

Earth Day Cookies Recipe

If you want to try our own Earth Day sugar cookies recipe, here’s how we make ours.

Spoiler Alert – We actually use our family’s longtime holiday Candy Cane Cookies recipe but with blue and green dye instead of red.

Yummy Blue and Green Tie Dye Earth Day Cookies from Scratch!

Earth Day Cookies from Scratch

Make delicious, colorful Earth Day sugar cookies from Scratch using your own sugar cookie dough or ours in this fun recipe! (Based on my family's longtime holiday Candy Cane Cookie Recipe)
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 8 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 8 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 20 people
Calories 188 kcal


  • 1 1/3 cup Confectioner's Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Softened Butter
  • 1/2 cup Shortening
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tsp Almond Extract
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Blue Food Coloring (or to desired color)
  • 1/2 tsp Green Food Coloring (or to desired color)
  • 1/4 cup white jimmies / sprinkles or sanding sugar (optional)


Making the Earth Day Cookie Dough

  • Start your Earth Day cookies by mixing together powdered sugar, butter, shortening, egg, almond extract, and vanilla extract.
    (Image courtesy of Klaus Nielsen from Pexels)
    Measuring cups and egg shell - Image courtesy of Klaus Nielsen from Pexels
  • Add in the flour and salt. Mix until combined.
    Flour for Cookies
  • Divide the dough in half. Add blue food coloring to one half of the dough. Mix well to blend.
    Blue Cookie Dough for Earth Day
  • Add green food coloring to the other half of the Earth cookie dough.
    Green cookie dough for Earth Day

Creating Earth Day Cookies

  • Lay down a sheet of wax paper. You may also use a silicone baking mat or other surface, if desired. Begin placing pinches of blue and green dough together in a line. They should alternate a bit, but not symmetrically. Be random about it!
    Pinches of blue and green cookie dough to create Earth Day Cookies
  • Press the colored dough together to form a cylinder / roll of dough. Continue doing this until you have a long tube of cookie dough. The dough should be erratic with the random appearance of tie-dye.
    Roll of Earth Cookie Dough
  • Wrap the waxed paper around the roll of dough. Place it in the refrigerator for at least one hour. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Baking Earth Cookies

  • Remove dough from the fridge and use a sharp knife to cut ¼ inch to 1/3 inch slices for Earth cookies.
    Cutting a Cane of Earth Day Cookie Dough
  • Place the cookies on a baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
    Tie Dye Earth Day Cookie Dough on a Pan
  • Top with white sprinkles (jimmies), white sanding sugar, or large white sugar decorating crystals if desired.
    White Sprinkles Jimmies on Earth Cookies
  • Bake until set. For a soft Earth Day cookie, remove after 6-8 minutes, depending on your oven. For a crunchier cookie, leave in the oven an extra minute or two (9-10 minutes). Remove from the oven and enjoy!
    Baking Earth Day Cookies with Sprinkles for Clouds



These cookies are really fun to make, even if they’re a little time-consuming.
We modeled these cookies after polymer clay FIMO canes used for various crafting activities. While we don’t have a dough extruder, it sure was fun making these on our own!
Use our method to come up with other fun cookie ideas for all the different holidays!
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Quick and Easy Alternative Earth Day Cookies

If you don’t have time to basically tie-dye your Earth Day cookies from scratch, fret not. You can always decorate them with blue and green sanding sugar instead!

Simply sprinkle one color randomly and then use the other color to fill the gaps.

As another option, you can make easy Earth Day cookies with blue and green frosting instead of dyeing the dough or using sugar crystals.

Do you have any other ideas for fun Earth cookie ideas?

Thoughts on Earth Cookies Recipe

Making Earth cookies is a very fun activity to do with toddlers or kids of all ages.

It can also be a fun surprise for school-aged kids getting home from school to a sweet snack.

Whatever you decide, whether you use our Earth Day cookie recipe or your own sugar cookie dough, we hope you love these fun and festive planet Earth treats!

By the way, here are a few other ways to celebrate Earth Day anytime:

Happy Earth Day!

01.22.23 – Updated to remove link to quiz since it is now consolidated.

04.20.23 – Updated from April 22, 2022 to current date to post on homepage.

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  1. 5 stars
    We love the Christmas Candycane cookies and this is such a fun variation on them. We like them as a soft-bake cookie.

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