In advance: Make cookies. Prepare and roll out dough. Cut 16 circles using Comfort-Grip cutter; cut out centers of 8 cookies using smallest star cutter from set. Cut 20 stars using same cutter. Bake and cool.
Also: Decorate cookies. Brush tops of small star cookies with Piping Gel; sprinkle half with red, half with blue Colored Sugar. Place star-center and solid round cookies on cooling grid set over cookie sheet. Cover all with melted light cocoa candy. Chill until firm.
And: Prepare base. Hot glue craft foam circle on same size cake circle and wrap with foil. Attach 2 in. wide ribbon around outside, securing with glue stick.
Using melted candy, attach Lollipop Sticks to backs of solid round cookies; chill until firm. Ice tops with red, white or blue buttercream; position star-center cookies on top. Sprinkle open star centers with red, white or blue sugar. Pipe swirls on star-center cookies using red, white and blue Sparkle Gel. Let set. Attach small star cookies around base using melted candy. Insert cookies. Cut and curl 16 ribbons, 18 in. long, and tie 2 to each cookie. Curl additional pieces to cover base as needed, attaching with dots of glue.