Here's a fairly simple technique to making a cookie look like parchment paper......
which is perfect for a patriotic-themed set of cookies.
Any cookie shape will work fine.
Outline and flood the cookie with an ivory-colored glaze.
Using a food color marker, write text on the cookie.
If you need help keeping the text straight and evenly spaced,
place a piece of notebook paper underneath the cookie for a guide while you write.
Allow the "ink" to dry.
To "antique-ify" the cookie, brush on dry pearl dust.
Independence Day 2015 Cookie Collection