How to Make Simple Patriotic Wreath Cookies
Happy July everyone! July 4th is almost here and we’re ready to celebrate by grilling out our favorite foods and eating red, white and blue cakes and cookies. Making patriotic cookies is a great way to spread the joy of the holiday because you don’t need special cookie cutters or need to invest a lot of money in supplies. You can make ‘How to Make Simple Patriotic Wreath Cookies’ with two circle cookie cutters with a straight edge or a fluted edge because they both look great. The fluted side adds a little charm and character, but straight circle cookie cutters are just as fun.
If I was a little more crafty I’d make a wreath like this for my front door because it’s a very patriotic wreath!
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Circle Cookie Cutters- The ones used in this set are 3″ and 1 1⁄4″.
Royal Icing Colors:
- Anytime there’s a design that needs to be accurate and repeated on every cookie I make a template because templates work. There are a million ways to make a template and I like to make it with parchment paper because it’s food-safe and that means a lot when it’s touching every cookie you make.
- Begin by placing a cookie on parchment paper and trace it with a food-safe marker so you can create the design.
- Next, mark the part of the cookie you’re going to pipe with blue royal icing and mark it on the cookie. If you look at the cookie in the photo you’ll see the top line is in the center of the cookie and the line on the side is a little below the side center of the cookie.
- When you look at an American flag you will notice the first line and the last lines are the color red not white. Every template I made seemed to be off by one line no matter how much I measured and divided because I didn’t get it right. I had to walk away for a few minutes and then try again so I’d finally do it right.
- Look at the first picture in the photo above. There are six lines on the circle for a bigger cookie. It was 3 1⁄2″ with a 1 1⁄4″ circle in the middle. The lines worked so I placed the pattern on the cookies and drew the lines for my pattern.
- You can adjust the lines at the top and the bottom so the lines will look even all over the cookie.
- So here’s a little more on the parchment paper template. This is the one for these cookies that were used for this tutorial. Trace your cookie and follow the steps listed above.
- I know the pattern was made with an ink pen instead of the food-safe marker. You can see how hard it is to see the lines so I did it with a pen. The original pattern was done with the food-safe marker so my cookies were safe to eat. I just wanted to make sure you could see the lines so I drew it with a pen for the tutorial.
Enough about templates, patterns, and lines because it’s time to decorate!
- Sometimes white royal icing is hard to work with because other colors will bleed into it and make the cookies look a little sad. The key is to let the royal icing dry as much as you possibly can so that bleeding doesn’t happen. Today, I decided to make the blue on the wreath first and let it dry overnight. I had my fingers crossed and hoped the final wreath would look pretty with all the colors in their own little space. It worked. All the royal icing colors behaved themselves and stayed where they should.
- Pipe the blue royal icing in the area known as the Canton.
- While the icing is wet, add some white nonpareils with food-safe tweezers. Did you know that nonpareils bounce? You’ll learn that if you spill a Mason Jar lid full like I did. Oops!
- Ad as many nonpareils as you’d like.
- Let the blue royal icing dry for several hours.
- Pipe the red royal icing and smooth it out with a turkey lacer. Pop all the little bubbles.
- Let it dry overnight.
- Pipe the white royal icing and let the cookie dry completely.
How to Make Simple Patriotic Wreath Cookie Videos:
Here’s a little video for you to enjoy because it’s hot outside and the cookout hasn’t started yet.
These little patriotic wreath cookies are cute. I’m so glad the white didn’t bleed because they look how they’re supposed to look. Their colors are nice and neat and they have a great sugar cookie taste.