If I weren’t so sleepy, I’d be doing my scary dance right now. And by scary, I mean the kind of wild dancing around the room that I do when I’m really excited. The kind that makes my cat hide under the bed until the insanity has passed. You know…the super scary dance. I just checked my email and Amber Spiegel liked my entry into the Gummy Drop Bake Off! (You can check her out at http://www.sweetambs.com/)
I spend at least as much time playing video games as I do making cookies so this contest was a match made in heaven. (Just wait til you see the World of Warcraft cookies I’ve got up my sleeve.) Now yes, I know that so far this morning there have only been two cookie entries into the contest, and yes, she is one of the sponsor-y people so it’s kind of her job to do that, and yet… it doesn’t matter. Amber is one of my cookie heroes- the very first cookie blog I checked out when I was trying to figure out how to translate my gingerbread building into cookie making. I’m excited! So excited that I’ve added another category to the cookie blog: video game cookies. And I’m excited to share with you how I made my 3D entry into the bake off. Let’s get started.
Globe and coin pedestal cookies To make these cookies you will first bake three pairs of half globe cookies, and three sets of three graduated circles for the base. This contest was the perfect excuse to play with my new Wilton Orb Cakes mini cake pan, so I experimented with baking cookies both inside the pan (right side up) and the outside of the pan (upside down). The cookies based inside the pan made smaller, more perfectly rounded globes, but needed to be rolled thinner or they wouldn’t bake all the way through without burning on the outside.
The cookies baked outside the pan were much bigger, but didn’t quite line up into perfect spheres because there is so much butter in my cookie recipe they slid a bit and I had to trim them. (Next time I’ll use gingerbread, which should stay put.)
To make these cookies, you’ll need an orb pan, a cooling rack and baking sheet, and a cheese grater to trim edges so the globes will fit together smoothly. You’ll also need dark blue icing in 15 second icing and very stiff consistencies, gold icing in 20 second icing and very stiff consistencies, a brown food safe marker and gold Wilton Color Mist if you don’t own an airbrush.
- Mix food coloring into the cookie dough, so that any thin spots in the icing won’t show through. I used equal amounts of AmeriColor violet and sky blue.
- Bake 2 pairs of globes using the inside of the pan for the globes holding world monuments and 1 pair using the outside of the pan for the globe holding the construction man. (I like to bake a spare, just in case.)
- For bigger globes cut 3″ round circles and chill 15 minutes before placing and smoothing them on the outside of the pan. Chill another 20 minutes before baking.
- For smaller globes roll thinner 3″ round circles and smooth the dough on the inside of the pan. Roll these about half the width you usually do so they will bake all the way through without burning.
- To get complete coverage on a rounded cookie, dip the cookie directly into the bowl of 15 second icing, and keep turning the cookie until it is completely covered.
- Lay cookie on a baking rack set inside a cookie sheet, and allow to dry 12 hours or overnight. Once dry, turn over the baking rack and just push against the dried on drips until the cookie comes loose. Don’t worry that it isn’t perfectly smooth.
- Use a hand held grater like this one http://www.amazon.com/Betty-Crocker-Grater-Convenient-Storage/dp/B0041BV0Z8 to smooth the edges of the iced cookie so the two halves of the globes fit together smoothly.
- Put down paper towels before assembling the two halves of the globes, so the icing on the bottom half doesn’t get scratched. Pipe very stiff dark blue icing with a #12 tip around the edge of a half globe and press the two sides together. Allow to dry 6 hours or overnight.
Bake 3 sets of three graduated cookies for the pedestal to the globes.
- Using 20 second gold icing and a #2 tip, outline cookies. Allow to dry 15 minutes, then flood. Dry 12 hours or overnight.
- Spray with Wilton Color Mist or airbrush with gold.
- Draw lines on around the outside of the cookies so they look like the gold coins in the Gummy Drop game.
- Stack the three graduated cookies and attach with very stiff gold icing and a #12 tip. Allow to dry 6 hours or overnight. You’ll want these to be centered as much as possible to provide a solid base for your globe.
Attach finished globes to finished pedestals with gold stiff consistency icing and a #12 tip. The icing should be stiff enough to hold without propping the globe up, as long as the globe is centered on the pedestal.
Brick cookies Making brick cookies like the currency in the game was so simple it probably takes longer to write about it than to actually make them! To make these cookies you’ll need multi-colored nonpareils, a pizza cutter and a drinking straw. Instead of icing these cookies, I added warm brown food coloring to the dough. Then added a handful of multi-colored nonpareils because they reminded me of the game.
- Roll the cookie dough on a sheet of saran wrap or parchment paper.
- You could just cut these cookies with a pizza cutter, but I started first with a 3×3 square, then cut them into 8 bricks.
- Cut about an inch off a drinking straw and use to remove 3 holes per brick. When the straw gets filled with cookie dough, just poke it out with a toothpick.
- After you have cut the bricks, just peel off the leftover dough and chill bricks for 15 minutes before moving so they retain their brick shape.
- Bake as usual.
“Monumental” cookies To make these cookies, I printed out the above picture of the monuments found on the Big Fish game site, and cut out a roughly 3×3 shape of the monuments on the left, and right side to make patterns to hand cut 2 cookies.
To make these cookies you’ll need 20 second icing in sky blue, leaf green, gold, white, purple, blue, pale mint green and orange/rust. You’ll also need food safe markers in blue, red and black.
- Hand cut cookies with a paring knife. Use a 3″ round cutter for the curved shape that will attach to the globe.
- Using a food safe marker, outline the basic shapes onto the cookie.
- Using 20 second icing, pipe blue sky and green ground shapes. Allow 15 minutes to dry.
- Pipe in remaining monument shape onto the cookies and allow to dry 12 hours or overnight
- (Not shown) Add details with a food safe marker. (sorry, forgot to take pictures of this step)
Construction man cookies To make these cookies, I printed out a picture of the construction man holding gummies and made a pattern to hand cut a 4 1/2″ cookie.
To make these cookies you’ll need 20 second icing in yellow, gold, pink, red, sky blue, dark blue, purple, dark purple and white. You’ll also need a food safe markers to draw an outline of shapes on the cookie.
- Start with the helmet. Pipe yellow icing with a #1 tip and immediately add highlights with white icing and a PME #1. tip.
- Pipe the inner section of the pink octagon and add a white highlight.
- Unless otherwise noted, allow each section to dry about 15 minutes before adding connecting sections.
- Pipe a line of gold on the inside of the hat, then fill with yellow and add a white highlight. Pipe the outer section of the pink octagon and white highlight. Pipe the inner section of the sky blue triangle and white highlight. Do the same with the center of the red heart. Pipe the triangle of dark blue between legs. Add two yellow dots to side of hat.
- Pipe the outer section of the sky blue triangle and white highlight. Do the same with the outer section of the red heart.
- Pipe a shadow under construction hat with darker purple icing, then fill in head with purple icing and highlight with white.
- Pipe outer bottom edge of arm on the right with darker purple shadow, then fill in arm with purple icing and white shadow.
- Pipe bottom edge of arm on the left with darker purple shadow, then fill in arm with purple icing and white shadow.
- Pipe bottom edge of leg on the left with darker purple shadow, then fill in arm with purple icing and white shadow.
- Allow cookies to dry 12 hours or overnight.
Phew! Are you exhausted yet? One last step. Pipe very stiff dark blue icing with a #12 tip to the underside of the monument and construction man cookies, and attach to globes. Allow to dry 12 hours or overnight.