How to Make Decorated Uncle Sam Hat Sugar Cookies

How to decorate patriotic Uncle Sam Hat sugar cookies for Independence Day.

Sometimes I over complicate things. And by "sometimes" -- I mean "very nearly every stinking second of my life." Like taking my kids to the pool.

A normal person would make sure everyone is wearing a swim suit and sunscreen and...that would be it.

But I have to make sure that everyone has a perfectly fitting, age appropriate swimsuit. And 2 kinds of sunscreen because the spray kind makes their eyes all red when they get splashed too much by the crazy 4 year old we've got around here. And they need towels that are long enough for them to lay on, but not so wide that they touch the ground when they put them around their shoulders. Because I do NOT want to be bringing dirty puddled pool water back to my house. And they need shoes that can get wet, but also shoes that they can walk in since I make them walk the 3 blocks to the pool. (The horror!) And snacks. But not amazing snacks because I want them to swim, not eat. But not gross snacks, because then they will just sit in the sun going bad while everyone looks at them with hunger in their bellies and resentment in their eyes. And I do NOT appreciate resentment eyes. Especially at the pool. So the snacks have to be just the right balance of filling and desirable but not mesmerizing. And everyone needs their own color-coded water bottle so there is no fighting when the baby drinks out of every one else's water bottle except her own. Oh! And pool toys. And shampoo to wash their hair. And sunglasses. And at this point we're taking the wagon AND the wagon trailer. And I'm exhausted before we even begin. 

Don't even get me started on going to the grocery store. Or picking out a new shirt. Or planning a date night. Or CHOOSING ICING COLORS.

I had to practically sit on my hands to leave these Uncle Sam hat cookies alone. Well, to be honest, what I really did was watch Netflix until my brain said that I never wanted to do anything else ever again. It's not an elegant solution...but it worked. And *then* my brain went into over time saying that I couldn't possibly post such easy cookies on my blog. But I'm doing it anyway while I'm super tired from making all those pool planning decisions.

How to decorate patriotic Uncle Sam Hat sugar cookies for Independence Day!

1. Outline and fill the brim area of the hat with dark blue icing. Immediately drop some white star sprinkles on to the wet icing. Let it dry for an hour.
2. Use medium consistency red icing to outline and then fill in the vertical stripes. Keep the tip close to the cookie for the puffy looking icing. Outline and fill the brim of the hat with the same icing. Let it dry for at least 4 hours.
3. Fill in the empty spaces with medium consistency white icing. Use a scriber or toothpick to clean up the top edge if needed.

See it in action. 



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Get the tutorial for the FIRECRACKER COOKIES.

How To Make Decorated Firecracker Sugar Cookies for the 4th of July

Use this tutorial to turn a bouquet cutter into a fun decorated firecracker sugar cookie!

Something awful is happening at my house, late at night, when no one is watching. I didn't even realize it was going on for months.

I never thought it could happen to me.

I took NONE of the necessary precautions. I lived my life without a SECOND of thought of prevention. I was so foolish. And now I have only myself to blame.

Don't be like me.

Treat your couplers well. Be nice to them. LOVE THEM. Tell them how much you really appreciate them. Take them on a spa day every now and then "just because" and not as an apology. Because one of these days, you're going to realize that all of your rings are disappearing. They are leaving you. And you'll never get them back.

How to make decorated Fourth of July sugar cookies!

I don't even know where my rings have gone. I can't go crawling to them, asking them to forgive me. I'll never get that second chance to truly make them feel loved. And while I mourn the loss of those rings and truly, truly wonder how in THE WORLD I have ended up with only 5 rings for my 27 coupler bases, I also just feel bad that those missing rings will never know how much I need them.

I can't keep going like this. Something has to change.

Probably that something will be buying 400 million new couplers. But then I'll have to live with the guilt of deciding which of the 27 bases I have to toss because they don't have a companion ring to go with them. How am I supposed to make a decision like that?! Especially right on the heels of finding out that the rings just didn't feel loved. I'm going to need therapy.

Probably cookie therapy. Or maybe setting things on fire therapy.

I suppose I could probably make-do with these firecracker cookies.

How to make Independence Day decorated sugar cookies!!

1. Use thick black icing and a #2 tip to outline the firecracker. Add some stripe if you like. Let it dry for at least 4 hours.
2. Grab some medium consistency white icing with a #3 tip. Outline and fill the background of the cookie.
3. With a #2 tip and different colors of medium consistency icing, fill in the stripes. Place them immediately in front of a fan or dehydrator to minimize any possible cratering. Give them at least 15 minutes of dry time.
4. Put a #1.5 tip on that thick black icing and pipe a fuse.
5. Grab some thick red and blue icing with a #1.5 tip and pipe some swirly lines all over the place. I find it easiest to keep my tip a couple of inches above the cookie and just let the icing fall down into gentle loops. Add some little dots of icing for sparks and.... DONE!!!

See it all in action. 




Get the color formulas for all these PATRIOTIC ICING COLORS.

How to Make Decorated Statue of Liberty Cookies

How to decorate a Statue of Liberty sugar cookie -- tutorial

I don't understand how my children are still alive. They've basically stopped eating every food that is not straight sugar. I used to divide a week of dinners between food I KNOW they will eat, and food I want to trick them into eating because it's actually healthy and a little bit of variety will really help them develop into the socially responsible adults I know they are destined to be. It used to work.

But these days? It's like I'm trying to feed them dirt. Mixed with bugs. And poison, apparently. Because they start freaking out as soon as they see me coming. They don't even LOOK at the food first. HONEST-TO-GOODNESS....they've even melted into their little puddle of "I'll never eat again and you can't make me because I can scream longer than you have patience for" with a PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICH.

I am officially out of ideas. I stopped giving them snacks. And it's not like there is some magical fairy living under the stairs that comes out at night and invites them all to a gigantic ice cream party. They have GOT to be starving at this point. But I still spent 45 minutes listening to my 4 year old tell me all the reasons why she hates me because I wouldn't let her play until she ate FIVE bites of PIZZA. You guys. I essentially force-fed my daughter pizza. Pizza. How do you even come back from something like that?

By drowning your parenting sorrows in sugar, that's how. And there any other way? (If you say "exercise" we can never be friends. Ever ever ever.) Like these decorated Lady Liberty cookies! They are the perfect sugar remedy if you ask me. Which you didn't. But maybe you should sometime, because aside from 7 seconds ago when you were about to suggest exercising, we're basically best friends forever. And best friends ask each other for advice all the time.

How to decorate a Statue of Liberty sugar cookie -- tutorial

1. Use a food color marker to trace around a circle cutter to give you a guideline for the crown and the face.
2. Grab some medium consistency green icing and a #2 tip. Use the top of the circle to help you outline and fill the band area for the crown. Use medium consistency skin color icing to outline and fill the area for the face, leaving room for the hair. Let it dry for 15 minutes.
3. Pipe the large triangles around the crown with the same green icing. And then put a whole bunch of green icing on the bottom that kind of looks like a robe. Let it dry for another 15 minutes.
4. Fill in the hair space with a medium consistency brown icing. Add some pony tails if you want to. I clearly did. Pipe some tiny little triangles around the crown in the spaces between the big triangles. Then pipe a sashy-type thing on top of the robe and let it dry for 15 minutes.
5. Pipe the bottom of the torch and a square for the tablet....and let dry for another 15 minutes.
6. Use a leaf tip (I used a #65 tip) and some thick orange icing to add a flame to the top of the torch. Use skin color icing to pipe dots of icing for hands. Grab some thick black icing and a #1.5 tip and pipe a smile and eyes. Let it dry again.
7. Use a green food color marker to give the crown some details. Add details to the hair with thick brown icing and a #1.5 tip. Pipe some sleeves with that green icing again and finish it off by giving our lady some rosy cheeks. I used a pink food color marker, but you could also use luster dust or food coloring.

See it all in action.