Watermelon Flavored Sugar Cookies

Watermelon Sugar Cookies

by Megan on June 29, 2011

Our local Safeway  has a little watermelon slice cookie  that I can get in the Summer, and I love the taste.  It just shouts Summer and I have a hard time passing them by when I see them on the store shelf.

So when I saw these adorable watermelon cookies that Amanda from Amanda’s Cookin had baked up last Summer, I knew I would be making them. . They were so dang cute, I immediately put them on the “must bake” list.

I was excited to try Amanda’s recipe, but I was going to substitute  watermelon extract for some of the vanilla. I even had some watermelon flavored sprinkles. They were in the forecast.

I was just waiting for the stars to line up.

You know. When the moon is in the Seventh House, and Jupiter aligns with Mars, When peace will guide the planets…

But that never happened.

Watermelon extract
And Summer quickly faded away and took my cookie with it.. Fall arrived with it’s cooler weather and autumn pumpkins The new extract started getting pushed to the back of the cupboard and the cookie project was pushed to the back of my mind.

But I couldn’t forget it!

So to celebrate this Summer, I made watermelon cookies for you!

watermelon sugar cookie recipe
I started my cookie dough just as Amanda instructed,  After I rolled my dough between 2 sheets of wax paper, I chilled it for an hour or so. I then cut out rounds using my scalloped biscuit cutter. cutting each in half again. Five mini chocolate chips were used as the seeds.

watermelon sugar cookie recipe
Then I decide to make some with a bite taken out of them.

I used my smallest biscuit cutter to create the bite.

watermelon sugar cookie cutouts
I made a tray sprinkled with the watermelon flavored sugar too. These were fun cookies but I liked the look of the “seeds” better.

watermelon sugar cookie cutouts
Then to finish them off, I dipped the “rind” in white chocolate and then in an Emerald colored pearlzed sugar.

I love how cute and tasty they turned out! And to be honest, they were quite easy to make.

watermelon flavored cut out cookies
I wish it hadn’t taken me a year to finally make these cookies. They are perfect for Summer and for that 4th of July BBQ

I can guarantee I’ll make these again. The kids LOVED these! But if watermelon flavored cookies are not your thing, you can make them with just vanilla extract  for a very fun and  tasty  cookie.

watermelon sugar cookies
Whatever it is that you have put on hold,  don’t wait for the stars to line up, or the perfect time, just do it!

Do it now!

Watermelon Sugar Cookies
Recipe Type: cookies


Prep time: 2 hours
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 2 hours 10 mins
Serves: 3-4 doxen
When a sugar cookies meets a watermelon, you get a slice of fun!
  • 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
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon watermelon extract
  • a squirt of red food gel or 6-8 drops red food coloring
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips, or candy coating
  • pearlized green sugar
  • 1 cup miniature semi sweet morsels
  1. In bowl of stand up mixer, add butter slices, sugar, eggs, vanilla/watermelon extract, and red food coloring.
  2. Beat on medium speed until incorporated.
  3. Turn mixer down to low and gradually add salt, baking powder, and flour.
  4. Mix until incorporated.
  5. Remove dough from bowl and separate into two batches.
  6. Place one batch between 2 sheets of parchment paper and roll out to 1/4″ thick. Repeat with the other batch.
  7. Chill in the refrigerator for two hours. I stacked my two sheets of rolled dough on a cookie sheet and pit them in the fridge.
  8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  9. Remove one batch of rolled dough from the refrigerator.
  10. Cut out circles with a cookie cutter or biscuit cutter.
  11. Use a dough scraper or a sharp knife, cut each circle in half.
  12. Place the halves on the baking sheet, about 1/2″ apart.
  13. Gently press miniature semi sweet morsel, upside down, into each semicircle.
  14. Bake for 8-10 minutes, checking after 8 minutes Cookies will be slightly puffed but not browned. Do not over bake!
  15. Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes. Remove to wire cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
  16. Melt white chocolate or candy coating in microwave for 45 seconds, stirring till melted.
  17. To decorate the cookies, roll the round end of the cookie in the melted chocolate to create the rind, allow the excess to drip back into the bowl.
  18. Roll the chocolate “rind” in the green sugar.
  19. Enjoy!


This post is linked to the Get Grillin’ event with Family Fresh Cooking and Cookin’ Canuck, sponsored by Ile de France CheeseRösleEmile HenryRouxbe and ManPans.

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{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amanda June 29, 2011 at 10:55 am

How fun Megan! I love your adaptations and have always wanted to try the watermelon extract. Outstanding! LOVE the little bite, that is too cute!

2 norma June 29, 2011 at 11:19 am

So cute and I like the little bite you took out of them….so original.

3 Sue June 29, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Really cute cookies! I’m SURE I would love the cookie version as much as I love the fruit version!

4 Shanon June 29, 2011 at 1:13 pm

These definitely have my vote for cutest cookies of summer! How creative! I think you may have inspired me to sharpen up my decorating skills!

5 Barbara Bakes June 29, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Looks like a fun cookie to make. Perfect for summer.

6 Sasha @ The Procrastobaker June 29, 2011 at 3:03 pm

oooo these are so sweeettt :) i LOVE watermelon flavoured things, not many of them in the world sadly, but ive never seen watermelon extract…that would open up a whole new world! must get my hands on some asapppp. lovely little cookies and a lovely blog too, glad i stumbled over it :)

7 nicole @ It's Feeding Time at the Zoo June 29, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Wow, these are so adorable. I really love the touch of the bite taken out of them. So bloody cute!

8 Maris (In Good Taste) June 29, 2011 at 3:39 pm

I agree-they are adorable and now on my bake list too!

9 maggie @ a bitchin' kitchen June 29, 2011 at 5:35 pm

These are so cute! They remind me of that watermelon ice cream cake that Friendly’s used to make back in the day. I have a whole stash of green sugar leftover from St. Patrick’s Day…these might have to go on my summer to-make list!

10 Heidi @ Food Doodles June 29, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Those look awesome!! They are so cute :) I especially love the mini chocolate chips and the little bites taken out of some of them :D

11 Barbara | Creative Culinary June 29, 2011 at 5:47 pm

These are, in a word. Adorable. The bite especially…very nice job Megan!

12 Katie @ This Chick Cooks June 29, 2011 at 6:43 pm

What a cute recipe! I love how you made them look like a little bit was gone :) I wanted to invite you to come over and share your recipe at These Chicks Cooked Recipe Spotlight. Have a great day :)

13 Rachel (Season With Love) June 29, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Oh my goodness, those are the cutest cookies ever! I just might have to make these this weekend!

14 April June 30, 2011 at 4:06 am

These are the cutest cookies!! And perfect for summer!

15 Maria June 30, 2011 at 7:55 am

These are SO cute! Perfect for summer picnics and parties!

16 pat June 30, 2011 at 8:30 am

Are you sure you meant 3500 degrees?

They do look good though – very creative!

17 foodwanderings June 30, 2011 at 8:47 am

Aww how adorable. Now I wish I adopt little kiddies so I can make these for them but fun for the adults too! Happy 4th of July weekend!

18 claudia lamascolo June 30, 2011 at 9:02 am

so very creative I love them!

19 Megan June 30, 2011 at 10:56 am

Oh goodness, the glasses aren’t working very well. Thanks for pointing that out. I have fixed it now. :)

20 Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels June 30, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Oh my goodness these cookies are sooooo cute. Love them!! :)

21 Marla June 30, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Megan, could these watermelon cookies be any cuter?? Love! My kids would flip for them :)

22 Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen June 30, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Cute, cute, cute! I love Amanda’s ideas too. I’ve never heard of watermelon extract, must find some, my kids would go crazy for these!

23 sweetsugarbelle July 1, 2011 at 6:15 am

These could not be any cuter!!!

24 btanders July 1, 2011 at 7:43 am

Love the sparkle of the rind. VERY cute!

25 Miz Helen July 1, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Oh Megan,
Your Watermelon Sugar Cookies are just divine! I just love them and wish I had a whole plate of them to serve my guest this week end. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon. Have a great week end!
Miz Helen

26 Erin July 1, 2011 at 4:40 pm

These are fab! I really think the “bite” makes them special. But where did you find watermelon flavoring. I’ve never heard of it.

27 Salad in a Jar July 2, 2011 at 12:14 am

Adorable! Since watermelon is one of my favorites, I definitely want to try these. What a great addition for my Fourth of July party.

28 Kerstin July 2, 2011 at 8:43 am

SO cute – these would be the hit of any summer party! I love those green sprinkles.

29 Faith July 4, 2011 at 5:14 am

These cookies are so cute! I especially love the sparkly little rinds. :)

30 culinaryneophyte July 4, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Too cute!

31 patsy July 6, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Those are the cutest cookies ever! So fun for summer!

32 sheila @ Elements July 8, 2011 at 11:42 am

These are just adorable!!! I want to try this myself sometime! They’re just perfect for summer!! :)

33 marla July 12, 2011 at 5:39 am

Hey Megan it is dessert week at Get Grillin’ if you would like to link these up :)

34 Elle July 12, 2011 at 11:39 am

Officially the cutest cookies EVER!

35 Kathleen July 14, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Megan these are soooo cute!

36 Beckie walker July 15, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Reminds me when I was selling pampered chef we used one of our bowls and lined it with green sherbet froze for a while then lined inside if green with white sherbet coconut I think. Froze again then mixed mini choc-o-chips it raspberry sherbet and filled rest of bowl. Froze until ready turned out on sheet and cut it looking like watermelon slices all along it’s sherbets. Works wonders for those of us who can eat ice cream. Takes few days to make look perfect but always something fun and new to do. We foiled the outside of bowl to keep colder and lined inside with swaran wrap to come out of bowl easy.

37 mindie July 21, 2011 at 12:35 pm

love these, just liked you on fb too.
Thanks for linking to bacon time. I featured mostly harry potter links for friday but if you linked these again this week, I woudn’t mind, they are so cute, and then I could feature them next week. Watermelons always make me smile.

38 Mindie July 26, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I know you didn’t link it back up this week, but I am going to feature these cookies anyways on Friday morning. They are too cute. Thanks again for sharing and hope to see you soon.

39 NO REASON NEEDED August 15, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Love these cookies. I came over from your comment at the SRC.

I was close to asking if you actually took a bite out of each cookie, but then discovered your secret. It’s okay, if you really had. I won’t tell anyone…LOL

40 Kimberly September 3, 2011 at 10:21 am

I just made these cookies last night! They were an instant hit! However, when I was mixing the dough, I used regular red food coloring drops and ended up having to use closer to 2-3 tablespoons versus 6-8 drops. I also found out that refrigerating the dough overnight, or even freezing the dough for 15 minutes (if you need it ready sooner) works so much better! The cookie dough keeps cool much longer, making it easier to handle and manipulate. These are probably the cutest cookies I have ever made and I will definitely be showing them off this Labor Day weekend.

41 Mari gold December 30, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Where do you find watermelon extract? Sounds yummy and are adorable.

42 Megan February 23, 2012 at 7:22 am

I found mine in our local kitchen specialty store. You can also find it here: http://www.amazon.com/Old-Hickory-Watermelon-Extract-oz/dp/B00125DA4A If you dont have watermelon extract, you can use vanilla extract for a vanilla watermelon cookie.

43 Anne B August 5, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Okay, these are the cutest things ever! I made them for church and everyone went nuts. I had to bake about 11-12 minutes and my oven runs hot and I also tinted the white chocolate green so I could not worry about the white showing. Love these! Thanks for sharing:-)

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