We’re going to be honest — neither of us are pros in the kitchen. Rachel is better than Kris when it comes to cooking and Kris’s baking attempts aren’t bad, but hanging out in the kitchen all day watching the stove isn’t something that either of us tend to do.
A couple of months ago, we bought some Pokemon cookie cutters that were on sale at GameStop. They were simple-ish, just the heads of Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander. We figured we would make some sugar cookies and try our hand at how well we could capture (pun certainly intended) the likenesses of the Pokemon by decorating them with royal icing.
And, to our surprise, they didn’t come out too badly!
The image on the left features what the back of the cookie cutter box had and the image on the right shows how well our decorating skills matched up.
Rachel decorated the Pikachu and Charmander while Kris iced the Bulbasaur and Squirtle. We each did a little pokeball with the remaining dough as well. Our method was to try to ice the eyes and some of the other details first then flood the rest of the faces with color. Toothpicks were used to try to smooth everything out as well as “draw” the simpler details of the closed mouths, noses, and “eyebrows” on the Pokemon. It wasn’t easy with our limited tools and icing skills, but it was fun.
More importantly, they taste good! We used a cream cheese sugar cookie recipe from Rosanna Pansino’s Nerdy Nummies cookbook, a pretty basic recipe but it was easy to make and everyone who’s tried a cookie enjoyed them. The cookies are soft and savory without being too loaded with flavor, which makes it great so it’s not fighting with the icing.
Making the cookies wasn’t too bad either, but we did use a lot of flour trying to ensure that the rolling pins and cookie cutters didn’t stick to the dough. Most of the shapes came out recognizable, but there were a few mishaps here and there. Pretty sure our favorite was “old man Pikachu,” there on the right:
All in all, we had a great time baking and decorating together. We’re definitely hoping to do more video game and geeky related baking in the future!