These easy-to-make cookie hats are a fun way to show your patriotic side.
Celebrate the 4th of July by serving these fun Mini Uncle Sam Hats—they’re the perfect size treat to pop in your mouth (even after you've filled up on burgers and hot dogs)! They’ll look great displayed on your dessert table! And they’re portable, so your party guests can enjoy their treats while watching the fireworks or after running a three-legged race.
They’re easy to make, but the recipe will make a whopping 45 cookies. If you don't need that many hats, I suggest you sandwich some vanilla ice cream or frosting in between the other red cookies and add some blue sprinkles around the edge to make another patriotic dessert.
If you do need all 45 of these sweets, you better get busy. Let's go!
Start by whipping up a batch of brightly colored Betty Crocker™ Sugar Cookie Mix. A teaspoon of Betty Crocker™ Red Gel Color is just enough to give your cookies a really vibrant red hue.
Portion out 45 2-teaspoon size scoops of dough. Roll into balls, and flatten slightly. Set the cookies about an inch apart on a baking sheet.
Then pop them in the oven and bake until slightly golden brown around the edges.
While your cookies are baking and cooling you can get to work on decorating your marshmallows. This is pretty easy, but can be very messy, so I suggest you poke a long toothpick or a thin wooden skewer into each marshmallow. That way you can hold onto the stick while decorating and not get icing all over your fingers.
Start by piping about 10 vertical stripes on one marshmallow.
Now you can see that the stripes are rather thin. Use a (food use only) paintbrush to smooth out the icing into a wider stripe for a more realistic look. You can skip this step if you’re in a hurry, they'll still look pretty great.
Pipe a circle of red icing on the top of the marshmallow.
To prevent having to sit and hold your marshmallow as it dries, poke the stick into a block of Styrofoam™ and move on to the next marshmallow. Line them up in order so you can keep track of which marshmallows will be dry first. This will help move the process along more quickly in the next step.
Once you finish your 45th marshmallow, the first few you decorated will be dry. Now you can pipe on a blue band along the bottom edge. Once again, use a paintbrush to smooth that out to make a wider band.
Immediately press white stars into the blue icing in front of each red stripe.
Set the marshmallow back in the Styrofoam™ and allow it to dry. Repeat.
Again, once you get done, your first few marshmallows should be dry, so you can remove them from the stick and attach them to your cooled cookies. Pipe red icing over a cookie and stick a decorated marshmallow on top.
Once the cookie hats are dry, they’re ready to serve!