Watermelon Cookies

Watermelon Cookies - AmandasCookin.com

If you need a fun and colorful dessert for a picnic or cookout, try these delicious watermelon cookies! This is a simple sugar cookie dough that’s been dotted with miniature chocolate chips, then rolled in a colored glaze to finish them off.

Watermelon Cookies - AmandasCookin.com

I’ve actually made these many times and published them on Familycorner.com, a website I used to own, several years ago. I did adapt the recipe a little bit over the years though. I made them again just the other day and they were polished off in no time. Here’s the step by step instructions.

Watermelon Cookies - AmandasCookin.com

Just a quick note. These cookies only look like little watermelon slices, they do not taste like watermelon. Apparently, watermelon extract is available, but I’m not sure that’s something I would care for in a cookie. ;)

Watermelon Cookies - AmandasCookin.com

watermelon cookies Cut out circles with a cookie cutter or biscuit cutter.

watermelon cookies Use a dough scraper or a sharp knife to cut each circle in half. Place the halves on the baking sheet, about 1″ apart.

watermelon cookies Gently press miniature semi sweet morsels into each semicircle.

watermelon cookies

Bake for 6-8 minutes, checking after 6 minutes (mine were perfect in 7 minutes). Cookies will be slightly puffed but not browned.

watermelon cookies Place cookies on cooling racks, excess glaze will drip through onto the wax paper. Wait for glaze to set before moving the cookies.

watermelon cookies

Watermelon Cookies

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Cook Time: 7 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 22 minutes

Watermelon Cookies


    Sugar Cookie Dough
  • 3 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 tablespoon slices
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 drops red food coloring
  • Plus
  • 1 cup miniature semi sweet morsels
  • Glaze
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • green paste food coloring OR 15-20 drops green food coloring


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Add butter slices, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and red food coloring to your mixer's bowl. Beat on medium speed until incorporated. Don't be concerned if there are small lumps of butter still visible. Turn mixer down to low and gradually add flour mixture. Mix until incorporated and no traces of flour are left. Gather all the dough together using a sturdy rubber spatula.
  3. Remove dough from bowl and separate into two batches. Place one batch between 2 sheets of parchment paper and roll out to about 1/4" thick. Repeat with the other batch. Chill in the refrigerator for two hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and have insulated baking sheets ready.
  5. Remove one batch of rolled dough from the refrigerator. Cut out circles with a cookie cutter or biscuit cutter.
  6. Use a dough scraper or a sharp knife to cut each circle in half. Place the halves on the baking sheet, about 1" apart.
  7. Gently press miniature semi sweet morsels into each semicircle.
  8. Bake for 6-8 minutes, checking after 6 minutes (mine were perfect in 7 minutes). Cookies will be slightly puffed but not browned. Do not allow cookies to get too brown or you'll have dry crumbly cookies. Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes. Remove to wire cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
  9. For each batch of cookie dough, after cutting out the circles, gather the scraps together and reroll them, place back in the refrigerator. Repeat until all dough has been used.
  10. For the Glaze
  11. In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients to form a glaze. You may add drops of milk to thin glaze if it is too thick.
  12. Cover counter with wax paper and place cooling racks over the wax paper to catch drips. To decorate the cookies, roll the round end of the cookie in the glaze, allow excess to drip off into bowl.
  13. Place cookies on cooling racks, excess glaze will drip through onto the wax paper. Wait for glaze to set before moving the cookies.

Notes from Amanda

*Note: Insulated baking sheets are best for baking sugar cookies. If you only have regular cookie sheets, line them with parchment or a silicon baking mat.


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63 Responses to Watermelon Cookies

  1. 1
    jillbert says:

    Those are so cute! It's nice that they don't take a long time to decorate.

  2. 2
    Katherine says:

    What a great idea !!!

  3. 3
    Kayte says:

    How very cute are these? You always find such fun things to make. They look wonderful, and just like a party all by themselves.

  4. 4
    Megan says:

    I LOVE them! I'm a sucker for cute food and these are just to cute! You know I'll be trying these soon. I LOVE them! …uh, I think I already said that,
    Stumbled my friend!

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    Katrina says:

    Fun cookies, Amanda! SU'ing

  6. 6
    Maria says:

    I love these! So fun!

  7. 7
    staci @ lizard n ladybug says:

    These are adorable!!! Can't wait to try them!

  8. 8
    Snooky doodle says:

    ha these are so cute :) I feel summer already :)

  9. 9
    natalia says:

    Ciao Amanda !They are both great !!

  10. 10
    bonnie says:

    Wow, spectacular…. Those tiny choc. chips–I just know these are going to taste as good as they look! I usually only make sugar cookies for Christmas– now I can have them in the summer, too! Thanks, Amanda

  11. 11
    JG says:

    These are so cute! What a great dessert to bring to a summer picnic. Thanks.

  12. 12
    biz319 says:

    Those look so cute! perfect for a picnic!

  13. 13
    Ruza123 says:

    Beautiful!!I Have something very similar !!


  14. 14
    Ingrid says:

    Those are cute….you're on a bit of a cookie kick lately.

  15. 15
    Kathryn says:

    Very cute and clever! I think I will have to try this some time. Thanks for sharing it with us

  16. 16
    Mags says:

    Those cookies are just too cute Amanda, and perfect for the summer season!

  17. 17
    Cat@BudgetBlonde says:

    So so so cute! Wish I could bake!

  18. 18
    Ott, A. says:

    Saw your post on Tip me Tuesday. Those cookies are so cute and perfect for summertime. I think I just might have to try them. thanks for sharing.

  19. 19
    Stephanie Lynn says:

    Super cute! Loves these – Perfect for a summertime cookout! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase Party. I greatly appreciate it! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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    Stephanie Lynn says:

    Hi Amanda! Just wanted to let you know I'll be featuring your cookies later today! Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Thanks again for linking to The Sunday Showcase! Hope to see you again next week. ~ Stephanie Lynn

  21. 21
    Suzy says:

    Definitely "too cute". My hubby hates watermelon but he might eat these!

  22. 22
    cookies and cups says:

    These cookies are so great!!!

  23. 23
    Julie @ Willow Bird Baking says:

    These are just adorable!!

  24. 24
    Kara@ Creations by Kara says:

    I love this idea. All the others I've seen are wrapped in green dough to make the rind. This looks so much easier. Thanks for sharing!

  25. 25
    Jennifer Juniper says:

    THese are so cute! Perfect for a picnic :)

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    Anonymous says:

    it would be so much easier to roll the dough into a log and glaze it, then slice into little watermelon rounds and cut those in half… less waste, more cookies :D or you could wrap around a layer of green cookie dough before slicing

  27. 27
    Amanda says:

    Anonymous – easier, maybe :) but definitely not as pretty. :) As for less waste, that comment confuses me. I had no waste with this recipe. What were you referring to?

  28. 28
    Amanda says:

    Oh I just realized what you probably though was wasted. Did you think that the scraps of dough that were missed by the cookie cutter were wasted? They weren't. Reroll, refrigerate, recut. I even used the very last bit and formed it into a circle.

  29. 29
    Donene says:

    These are adorable and look so summery! I think I will have to try these!

  30. 30
    Helby says:

    This is adorable! I'm definitely making these. Happy summer!

  31. 31
    anne maskell says:

    you have such great ideas! I absolutely love your blog, and I'm your newest follower! I followed you home from somewhat simple.

  32. 32
    5 Star Foodie says:

    Wow, such beauties! They look truly amazing!

  33. 33
    Megan says:

    Cute! Almost too cute to eat. I'm saving this recipe so my daughter and I can make these for the next family gathering…thanks for sharing!

  34. 34
    Brianna! says:

    Oh my goodness
    these are absolutely precious
    and I want to make them NOW
    and have a picnic!!

    thanks for sharing!

  35. 35
    creativejewishmom says:

    Amazing Amanda! thanks for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday….great to have you, thanks so much for being a regular, I really appreciate it!

  36. 36
    Lanie Ree says:

    Oh heck yes! I love both of your blogs so much.

    Thank you for participating in the Craft Therapy Session with Life in the Pitts

  37. 37
    jennoreilly says:

    SO adorable!!! I hopped over from TidyMom, I'm going to check out the caddy next!!!

  38. 38
    Cheryl says:

    Ahhhhh – These are so cute!! Stopping by from Fun To Craft. Would love for you to link your projects to my next Craftastic Monday party:)

  39. 39
    the lovely paper blog says:

    i love those!! so cute and i must make them! thanks for the idea:)

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    Karen says:

    These are so cute! I was going to make some cookies for my Dad for Father's Day and I think these are the ones!

  42. 42
    threeundertwo says:

    These look so much fun. I'm going to have my daughters help me make some. Now I'm curious about watermelon extract too. Thanks lof linking up to Finished for Friday.

  43. 43
    MessyMissy says:

    So darn cute. I will definitely have to try my hand at these!!!

  44. 44
    Sarah Caron says:

    Those are adorable! What a fun and creative cookie — my kids would adore these.

  45. 45
    Culinary Cory says:

    These cookies are just TOO CUTE! I love how there's not worry about spitting the seeds. :)

  46. 46
    Jerri says:

    Hi. I'm featuring your post this week for my Friday Favorites! Come by and get my featured button if you'd like!

  47. 47
    Joan says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the cookies! They were fun to make with my niece!

  48. 48
    Amanda says:

    Thanks for all your great comments everyone!

  49. 49
    mimilovesall8 says:

    I love the look of the cookies and can't wait to try them! I followed your blog because I love to cook also and your blog is so cute.
    I just started my own blogspot and am looking for followers also. So maybe you would like to come by and look at my blog.
    Thanks and I'll be back, A.Anderson

  50. 50
    mer@lifeat7000feet says:

    We made these yesterday and my girlies LOVED how they turned out! Great, great idea…and very yummy too!

  51. 51
    Punky says:

    Those cookies look pretty bomb. I don't normally bake but I'd like to make those.

  52. 52
    Cindy deRosier says:

    Adorable!!! I'll definitely be making these.

  53. 53
    Anonymous says:

    What a great idea. You are so creative in everything you do.


  54. 54
    Megan's Cookin' says:

    Amanda, I finally made these and I lived them Such a fun and festive cookie. Many thanks for the recipe and the inspiration!

  55. 55
    Miss cuisine says:

    It's great ! I put forward on my French blog with a link to this article.

  56. 56
    olivia says:

    these are soooo cute. i bet they taste as good as they look! yum!!! i cant wait to try them!!!

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    They are wonderful!! My daughter is in love with watermelon recently so she will be happy when I will show it to her… Couple of days ago we painted her toes in watermelon design for her birthday.

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