Thursday, June 30, 2011

Uncle Sam Cookies

I made it pretty clear a while back that I am no longer in my twenties. You might have missed that...but now you know. And since that is the case, you can be sure that I've been through A LOT of Independence Days in my life. When I was a child, they were filled with pancake breakfasts and probably candy.

And then I got older and things got more exciting when people started setting themselves on fire. I even got to see what happens when you light fireworks and throw them under water. (Which is probably a really bad idea because I'm sure it killed fish. And I had guilt for kind of a while after that.)

Ooh, and one year they cancelled the fireworks show literally 20 minutes before the start time and told everyone to RUN to their cars. (It was a small town so there was absolutely NO NEED to worry about stampede dangers.) But I didn't make it and I got pelted with golf ball size hail. Didn't expect that one. And that was the summer that the movie "The Day After Tomorrow" came out where the world nearly ends right after golf ball sized hail comes around. So..you know, on the way home I was pretty sure I would never seen another 4th of July again.

And now my Independence Days are chronicled in cookies. I'll call this "The Year of Unconventional Cookies Wherein I Also Made an Uncle Sam Cookie." You can call it that too if you want. I didn't like, copyright it or anything. But...you will have to make the cookies. It's super easy. Mostly.

You need two cutters for this cookie. A scalloped(ish) cutter and a rectangle cutter. See that weirdy part of my scalloped cookie? It's because I only own ONE scalloped cutter and its pretty small. So I tried to make one. And I got impatient to make this cookie so I didn't actually glue it together before using it as a cutter. I don't think that will come as a surprise to anyone who knows me.

Cut a chunk out of the scalloped cookie with the rectangle cutter. (I always feel so disturbed when I talk about cookies that way. I promise -- I'm seriously a cookie lover not a hater.)

Put them together on your baking sheet and kind of mush them together so they are snug. It's cool if your rectangle gets all lopsided on the journey over to the baking sheet. It's in good company with all my rectangles.

Bake them all up and let them cool. Then pipe the brim of the hat in navy blue. Or just regular blue. Or whatever type of blue you enjoy. (Cobalt blue anyone?) Let that dry for awhile. Especially if you went with navy because that always seems to bleed more than regular blue.

Do the red stripes up the hat next. And let those dry. While you are waiting, you should really think about eating some watermelon. Because I sure won't be. They are $20 each here. And maybe I'm idealizing the good ol' US of A since I'm gone...but I remember watermelon being closer to $5 last year.

Whoa. Anyway...after you've felt bad for me and eaten as much watermelon as you can possibly stand..go ahead and do the white for the hair and the beard. Actually, you could probably do these two steps at the same time. But then you would miss out on all that watermelon. (And the cracks in the brim part? I may have dropped this cookie while trying to take a picture of it. Don't eat this one.)

Fill in the face and ears and do the white stripes at the same time. (See? I can DO more than one color at a time.) But definitely let those dry again before moving on to the face.

The last step is drawing on the face. It seems that Uncle Sam always has a, umm, well, a real big nose, so I went with that. I piped 3 dots for the eyebrows and let them melt together so there would be some kind of texture to them....but I'm pretty sure that a straight line would look almost exactly the same. Then I added some rosy cheeks because I felt a little bit bad about the whole big nose thing.

15 comments:

Camille said...

These are so cute, that I can't hardly stand it. Part of me would like to be in your head for just a minute and the other part of me is very scared of that idea. (o: Love you to pieces!

Meg@MegaCrafty said...

These came out so cute!

Susie said...

These are adorable, I love ol' Uncle Sam. And I think your stories are funny too. Thanks for stopping by my blog! And happy 4th....many miles away!

Glora said...

ADORABLE. And the story and instructions were too fun! Hugs- Glora

Cristin (Pinkie) said...

OMG I LOVE these Georganne! They are so adorable! Thanks for sharing!

lizy b said...

Love the little faces! So much personality on these guys! the middle one looks a little nervous...

Kara said...

I LOVE these Uncle Sam cookies!! What a great tutorial and I love how you combined the two cutters to make the shape! What an awesome idea!! SOOOO love!! (p.s. found this post through Cristin's Cookies link :) )

faithy said...

What fabulous design and idea! So creative!

Mima said...

I Absolutely love that!!! Congratulations

The Vanilla Bean Baker said...

What an inventive way to make Uncle Sam cookies! I love them ;)

Myrna said...

OMG! These are fantastic!! Very clever!

Anita said...

Okay, first off, I LOVED your Fourth of July stories! While I've never blown unsuspecting gubbies to kingdom come, I did light my underpants on fire with a sparkler but the details of that story are saved for a better time and place. Okay. That never happened. I just loved the sound of underpants and a sparkler in the same sentence.

Anyway, why I'm actually writing is to request that in the future before posting such adorable cookies with a tutorial that you would first contact me to see if I have any openings in my schedule. I'm growing increasingly frustrated seeing something adorable you've done but not having the time to try it myself. My "adorable cookies of Lilaloa's I want to trying making myself" list has now grown to four pages.

xFallingStar said...

I live in Guernsey which has nothing to do with the US but I LOVE THESE! they are so cute! you are very talented. lovely blog, keep it up! :) x

Ansa said...

One of the cutest 4th of july cookies EVER.....darn..I wish I would have seen these earlier. Maybe I can still do it but it's been so hot here in Chicago.....ugh. Anyway...LOVE them.
Ansa

Ansa said...

Well, I saved this tutorial in my "Cookie Tutorials I must try".
Im soooooooo glad I did, I think they came out pretty good. I will be sharing later..and of course, giving you the creative credit. You truly are amazing.
Ansa

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