Uncle Sam Flag Cookies
 
 
Whip up some Uncle Sam flag cookies with this delicious shortbread recipe; or for quick and easy fabulous cookies, just make the dough, shape into logs, wrap, freeze, slice and bake!
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: Yields about 4 dozen
Ingredients
  • 2 cups unsalted butter at room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ cups powdered sugar
  • 5 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • Few drops of red, blue and black gel food color
Directions
  1. Using the flat beater of a stand mixer, cream butter until light and smooth.
  2. Gradually add the salt and granulated sugar and mix until well blended and fluffy.
  3. Gradually add powdered sugar and beat until fully combined.
  4. Gradually add the flour and beat well until the dough leaves the sides of the bowl and clings to the beater.
  5. Remove about a little less than ⅔ of dough from the mixing bowl. To the dough remaining in the bowl, add a few drops of red food color and beat until color is evenly distributed. Remove the dough from the bowl and set aside. Wash bowl.
  6. Divide the untinted dough in half. Leave ½ untinted and set aside. Place the other half in the mixing bowl and tint with blue food color. Beat until color is evenly distributed.
Assembly:
  1. To make Uncle Sam Cookies (TIP: to easily remove the surrounding dough, after sliciing the outline for each shape, place the dough in the freezer for a few minutes. When cold, place a spatula underneath the shape to scoop it out, and the dough will easily separate):
  2. For the trousers and hat: Between two sheets of waxed paper, roll out a small amount of red dough to make a rectangle. Repeat to make 2 more rectangles of the same size, for a total of 3 red rectangles.
  3. Roll out 2 rectangles using the white dough, the same size as the red rectangles.
  4. Stack the sheets of rolled dough starting with the red dough at the bottom and ending with red at the top. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and freeze for about 10 minutes.
  5. Remove the stacked red and white layers and slice thinly. On each slice, place the template for the trousers and the hat and cut out the shapes with a small sharp knife. Store the cutouts in a covered container in the freezer.
  6. For the jacket and sleeves. Roll out a small square of blue dough, about the same thickness as the trousers. Place the template for the jacket and sleeve and cut out the shapes. Store these pieces in a covered container in the freezer.
  7. For the face and hands. Roll out a small amount of white dough and use the template to cut out the face and hands. Store in a covered container in the freezer.
  8. For the shoes. Take a very small amount of white dough and tint with a small drop of black food color. Use the template to cut out the shoes. Store in a covered container in the freezer.
  9. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 300°F and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. On the cookie sheet, piece together the hat, face, jacket, sleeves, trousers and shoes to make the Uncle Sam cookies. Bake for about 18 – 20 minutes.
For the Flag Cookies: (TIP: to move and stack the strips, freeze the sliced dough for about 5 minutes and use a spatula to stack.)
  1. Roll out the red dough in between two sheets of waxed paper. Slice into 3 strips of equal width if making small flag cookies, or 7 strips if making large flag cookies.
  2. Roll out the white dough in between two sheets of waxed paper. Slice into 2 strips of equal width if making small flag cookies, or 6 strips if making large cookies.
  3. If making small flags, place a white layer over a red layer. Separately, stack a red, white, red layer and slice about a little less than ½ off of the width. Place these 3 layers over the 2 layers. Shape blue dough to fill the gap in the top half, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze.
  4. If making large flags with all 13 strips, starting with a red layer, alternating with white, stack 6 layers, ending with white. Separately, stack 7 layers starting with red at the bottom and ending with red at the top. Slice a little more than one third off one end and place it over the first stack of 6 layers. Shape blue dough to fill the tap in the top half, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze.
  5. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 300°F and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Slice the flag cookies with a knife and bake for about 18 – 20 minutes.
Recipe by SugaryWinzy at http://sugarywinzy.com/uncle-sam-flag-cookies/