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These shark cookies are a cute summer treat that’ll be a big hit with the kids! Make these adorable beach-themed cookies the next time you need a super easy and fun dessert.
It’s that time of year when everyone is ready for vacation, and these shark sugar cookies will fit right in with all your summer plans. With blue ocean frosting, graham cracker sand, and a colorful gummy shark, these cookies are as fun to make as they are delicious!
If your summer calendar is already packed, you’re in luck. You won’t spend hours making these easy treats because they use premade cookie dough and store-bought frosting. Just bake the cookies, color the frosting, and assemble the cookies – and the kids are great at helping with that last part!
Try making these adorable and easy shark cookies for your next summer party, pool day, beach trip – or even a shark party to celebrate Shark Week!
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Why We Love This Recipe
Kid-Friendly – This adorable treat is a great way to get the kids involved in the kitchen. Kids love these adorable beach themed cookies and will have fun helping you add the graham cracker sand and edible gummy sharks. It’s a craft and cookie in one!
Easy – You don’t need a shark cookie cutter, piping bags, or any kind of special equipment. This recipe uses premade cookie dough and icing, so all you’ll need to do is add the food coloring and assemble.
Adorable – These delicious shark cookies are so cute, and the theme is perfect for your summer activities. They’d be a great idea for a beach-themed get together or a shark birthday party. If you’re having a baby shark party, these make great baby shark cookies too!
- Sugar cookie dough
- White icing
- Blue food coloring
- Graham crackers
- Gummy sharks
How to Make Shark Cookies
Step 1: Break the cookies apart. Place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Step 2: Bake the dough according to the package instructions, then allow the cookies to cool completely.
Step 3: Place the graham crackers in a Ziploc bag and crush them into fine crumbs with a rolling pin. You can make it even easier by buying pre-crushed graham cracker crumbs.
Step 4: Add a few drops of blue food coloring to the white icing and mix to combine. Continue to add the food coloring a drop at a time until your desired shade of blue is reached. (We like to use the store bought icing but you can also make these with royal icing).
Step 5: Decorate the cookies with the blue frosting.
Step 6: Sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs over a quarter of each cookie. Place one gummy shark on the icing part of the cookie and enjoy!
Tips & Tricks
- You can replace the gummy sharks with Swedish fish, gummy starfish, a gummy life preserver, or other beach-themed gummies.
- Be careful not to add too much food coloring to the frosting. The color looks best when it’s a pastel shade. You can also add a drop of green to get a more realistic ocean color.
- Make this already simple recipe even easier by starting with store-bought sugar cookies. Or if you’re feeling ambitious, you can use your favorite sugar cookie recipe and make the cookies from scratch.
Store your decorated sugar cookies in an airtight container in the fridge. They should keep for about 3 days.
Sure – try Golden Oreos or Nilla wafers. Both will give you crumbs that look like sand and will be perfect for these cookies.
More Fun Cookie Recipes
- White Chocolate Baseball Cookies
- Unicorn Kiss Meringue Cookies
- Chocolate Bear Paw Cookies
- Harry Potter Butterbeer Cookies
- Stuffed Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
Shark Sugar Cookies
- baking pan
- Break the cookies apart and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.1 package refrigerated sugar cookie dough
- Bake the sugar cookie dough according to the package instructions, then allow the cookies to cool completely.
- Place the graham crackers in a Ziploc bag and crush them into fine crumbs with a rolling pin.4 graham crackers
- Add a few drops of blue food coloring to the white icing and mix to combine. Continue to add the food coloring a drop at a time until your desired shade of blue is reached.16 ounces white icing, Blue food coloring
- Frost the cookies with the blue frosting.
- Sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs over a quarter of each cookie. Place one gummy shark on the icing part of the cookie and enjoy!24 Gummy sharks
- In a hurry? You can skip the baking altogether and use store-bought sugar cookies. On the flip side, you can bake these from scratch with your own favorite sugar cookie recipe.