How to Make Uncle Sam Cookies

Written by Mike Tamplin • Jun 20, 2020

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How to Make Uncle Sam Cookies
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When it comes to "people" cookies, I like to keep it simple. These Uncle Sam Cookies are no exception.

I love these little guys because there's not a lot of details to complete the face, and the overall cookie uses just a handful of colors. If you're planning cookies for a 4th of July party but are short on time, these cookies are fairly quick to whip together. Here's how.

Uncle Sam Cookie Cutter

This Uncle Sam cookie cutter is one part of this 4-piece Thin 4th of July Cookie Set.

Each of these cookies are 4-inches tall and about 2.3-inches in width. As a collection, they fit perfectly in this BRP long cookie box (12" x 5" x 1.5"). You can purchase these cookie cutters as the 4-piece set, or each one individually.

patriotic cookie set with Uncle Sam

Template for the Uncle Sam Cookies

To help with the decorating process, I made a PDF template of all the new 4th of July cookie cutter designs, including this Uncle Sam cookie.

Click the link below for the downloadable template PDF file.

If you have a Kopykake or Pico projector, just print it out (or pull it up on your mobile device) and you are good to go. For those without a projector, follow the suggested steps below by cutting out the template and tracing the design onto the cookie with an edible food marker.

The Decorating Process

For these Uncle Sam Cookies, you will need the following suggested colors:

Step 1

For those without a projector, begin by making a guideline for where the face and hat sections should be. I made a template with template plastic from the PDF file above and used a food marker to draw the guideline on the cookie.

uncle sam cookies step 1

Step 2

Start by first filling in the face with flesh icing and the band of the hat with navy blue icing. Let this icing set for about 15 minutes.

Then add the white sections like the hair, goatee, and white stripes of the hat.

uncle sam cookies step 2

Step 3

Next, add the red stripes and the rim of the hat.

Then add the ears and nose with flesh icing, and then add a bead of black icing for the eyes.

uncle sam cookies step 3

Step 4

Add the final details like the white stars on the band of the hat and the eyebrows.

Complete the face by adding the smile details with a black food pen. (Be sure the icing below is fully dry before drawing on the surface.)

uncle sam cookies step 4

Video Tutorial

The steps above are summarized in the time-lapsed video below.

Here's the Uncle Sam cookies together with the other 3 designs in the set: the thin 4th of July Script, the thin firework, and the bomb pop.

patriotic cookie set

For a gift box option for these patriotic cookies, I like this BRP long cookie box (12" x 5" x 1.5"). It's the perfect size, leaving a little wiggle room for the cellophane bags that these cookies will be placed in.

4th of july cookies box set
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