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Mini Uncle Sam Hats

  • Prep 1 hr 30 min
  • Total 1 hr 30 min
  • Servings 45

Sugar cookies topped with marshmallows decorated to look like cute Uncle Sam hats! ...MORE+ LESS-

Hungry Happenings Hungry Happenings
September 20, 2016



package Betty Crocker™ Sugar Cookie Mix
tablespoon flour
cup (1 stick) butter, softened
teaspoon Betty Crocker™ red gel food color


tubes Betty Crocker™ Red Cookie Icing
tube Betty Crocker™ blue decorating cookie icing
white star sprinkles


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  • 1
    To make the cookies: Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  • 2
    Mix together sugar cookie mix, flour, butter, egg, and food coloring.
  • 3
    Portion out 45 (2-teaspoon) size scoops of dough and roll into balls. Place about an inch apart on a baking sheet and flatten slightly into 1-inch circles.
  • 4
    Bake for 8-11 minutes until the cookies look dry on top. Cool completely.
  • 5
    For the decorations: Insert a long toothpick or thin skewer into one round end of each marshmallow to make decorating easier.
  • 6
    Pipe about 10 vertical stripes around one marshmallow using red cookie icing. Immediately brush the icing into a thicker and flatter stripe using a (food use only) paintbrush.
  • 7
    Pipe red icing in a circle on top of the marshmallow.
  • 8
    Poke the toothpick into a large block of Styrofoam™ and allow the red icing stripes to dry.
  • 9
    Repeat with remaining marshmallows.
  • 10
    Pipe a blue stripe around the bottom edge of each marshmallow. Brush it into a wider, thinner, stripe, using a paintbrush, if desired.
  • 11
    Immediately attach white star sprinkles around the blue icing band, placing one at each intersection of the blue stripe and red stripe. Allow to dry completely.
  • 12
    Assemble cookie hats: Pipe a circle of red icing over top of each cookie and immediately set a decorated marshmallow in the center of each.
  • 13
    Allow cookies to dry completely before serving.

Expert Tips

  • Decorate marshmallows while cookies are baking and cooling to save time.

Nutrition Information

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More About This Recipe
  • 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!
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