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The grill is heating up, the Star-Spangled Banner is flying high, and we’re all counting down the minutes until this Fourth of July’s fireworks show lights up the night sky. America’s birthday is just around the corner, and we’re ready to party like it’s 1776—assuming, of course, that the original Independence Day celebrations included a showstopping selection of desserts. Our tasty pick for this year’s bash? A freshly baked batch of 18 homemade vanilla-almond sugar cookies from Sugar & Flour, cut into six festive forms (including an especially adorable Uncle Sam hat) and frosted with red, white, and blue royal icing. Packed in a crisp white bakery box and ready to serve, these crowd-pleasing confections won’t disappoint. Just ask one happy hostess: 

Frosted sugar cookies from Sugar & Flour, $48 for 18

“These cookies were awesome. They arrived on time for our 4th of July celebration, and not only were they festive, they were also delicious. People were asking for more when I discovered the plate was empty.” — PS

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