Double Jump Bakes 8-Bit Heart Sugar Cookies

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We haven’t done any Double Jump Bakes posts in quite some time. In all honesty, the last time we did one of these kind of posts was back last summer with a Super Mario Star Cake and some coffee and tea inspired by Pokemon.

This month we’re back with a simple enough sugar cookie recipe. Like, really simple. Instead of making the cookies from scratch, we picked up a couple of pouches of mixes. And even then we had a few difficulties:

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After running out to the store again, we were able to make the cookies. We chose simple sugar cookies mainly to use one of our new cookie cutters. From Rosanna Pansino’s Nerdy Nummies baking line is a cutter in the shape of an 8-bit heart. We got about a dozen sugar cookies out of the dough and we tried a couple of different decorating ideas.

We had some leftover cookie icing which… did not settle as well as we would have liked. Indeed, the heart I tried to outline looked like it was bleeding or that darkness was taking over it (is that what happens in the Kingdom Hearts series?). Eventually, we frosted a few and used red sprinkles.

They didn’t come out too bad, all things considered! At the very least, there aren’t too many cookies left since we baked them, so they must taste pretty good!

What do you think of our cookies? Have you made any game-related baked goods? Let us know in the comments below! If you like this post, please share it around.

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Double Jump Bakes — Super Mario Star Cake

As many of you may know, we enjoy following Rosanna Pansino’s Nerdy Nummies YouTube Channel. For fun, we went all the way to the beginning of her channel to see the stark differences between her latest videos and her very first upload, and it’s a bit of a trip to watch. The host’s first upload was (seven) years ago, without all the production lights and camera crews, and it was fun to watch her demonstrate how to bake a Super Mario star cake.

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Nerdy Nummies’ first video

And cake is delicious, so we thought why not make one that pays homage to one of Nintendo’s most famous franchises?

We semi-cheated and went the boxed cake mix route rather than baking from scratch, mostly due to timing and schedule issues… And we wanted funfetti cake.

With the help of our star-shaped pan from Wiltons (#NotSponsored #CouldBeSponsored #SponsorUs), we got our funfetti cake all baked and let the cake cool off completely before frosting it with our bright yellow-dyed frosting. The eyes were made with some of the cookie icing that we had left over from decorating our Pokemon cookies. We let the cake chill a little bit longer to let the frosting and icing set before digging in.

We screwed up a bit on the frosting, finding that the black icing we were trying to do for the eyes had softened a little too much from the heat we’ve been having lately. The black icing started to run, so we tried to correct it with a little more yellow frosting. It didn’t work out quite as planned, so we left it at that, haha!

At least it still looks like a star and, most importantly, it was delicious!

Double Jump Brews Komala Coffee & Roserade Tea

Welcome to another exciting installment of Double Jump Bakes! Except this time we’re brewing, not baking.

Previously we’ve decorated Pokemon sugar cookies and baked galaxy cupcakes in honor of Star Fox. We’re going back to our Pokemon roots this time with some Komala Coffee and Roserade Tea.

Both of these drinks are featured in the Pokemon Sun/Moon and Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon games set in Alola. They’re specialized drinks that can be bought and enjoyed at the Pokemon Center Cafes. We discovered a talented and fun Tumblr blog dedicated to recreating video game food called Jammy Cooks, where two of his blog posts detail how to make the cream for the Komala Coffee and the syrup for Roserade Tea.

The cream and syrup were fairly simple to make. The main ingredient for the the cream was blueberry juice, while the syrup was mostly lemon and sugar with a bit of ginger.

We created the cream and syrup and let them chill overnight in the fridge to accompany our iced coffee and iced hibiscus tea for the next day.

While Jammy made his own hibiscus tea using dried hibiscus and the Pokemon move “Sunny Day,” we cheated a little and just used hibiscus tea bags.

Taste testing the drinks went fairly well — at least, Kris liked them, especially the tea syrup. She’s the tea drinker between the sisters and enjoys how sweet it was. The cream for the coffee wasn’t too bad either, with it also being a little sweet, but the blueberry taste wasn’t as evident in our mixture. Rachel, the coffee-lover, was lukewarm with the taste due to it being a sweeter cream than her normal cream.

Overall, the drinks were a success, despite them not being Rachel’s cup of… tea (yes, I went there). Kris enjoys the tea, and our mother didn’t find them that bad either, haha!

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Double Jump Bakes Galaxy Cupcakes [Star Fox]

We entered the kitchen once more! Instead of making chicken nuggets like the children we are, we decided to bake galaxy cupcakes for playing Star Fox and Star Fox 2 on the SNES Classic.

The galaxy cupcake recipe we used was from Rosanna Pansino’s Nerdy Nummies Cookbook, the same book we used for our Pokemon sugar cookies that clearly came out awesome.

The galaxy cupcakes, after watching the YouTube video, seemed easy enough to bake. “Easy enough.”

We forgot to take pictures while we were baking, but we do have a picture of the final product and what it was supposed to look like.

The cupcakes were easy to bake, we’ve baked cupcakes before. They tasted good, which is a plus. The frosting came out well. We bought food coloring gel, which is different food coloring than what we usually use. However, we got funky colors: electric pink, electric blue, electric purple, and a couple others but those are what we used.

We dyed the frosting, placed each color into their own piping bag and put them in a bigger bag together to allow the colors to swirl when we squeezed them out.

It didn’t come out as well as we thought it would and the colors were lighter than we had originally planned as well. It looks more “unicorn” than “galaxy” but we’ll take what we can get. It still looks cool and they tasted great.

Have you ever made a recipe based on a video game? What is your favorite kind of cookies? Let us know in the comments below!

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Double Jump Bakes Pokemon Cookies

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!

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Friday Favorites: Nerdy Nummies

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

It’s June, and I hope everyone is having a great start to the summer months (well, if you live in an area where there is a summer). Summer brings thoughts of cookouts and all sorts of baking. A while ago, I had made a post about Rosanna Pansino and her fun YouTube channel dedicated to nerdy recipes. Here are a few of my favorites today!

Pokemon MooMoo Milkshakes

What’s better than a nice cold milkshake on a hot summer day? Not much, except for maybe a chocolate milkshake. Named after the iconic treat that was first featured in the second generation of Pokemon games, MooMoo milkshakes are a simple treat to make.

Hyrule Rupee Cookies

Cookies and milk go hand in hand, so why not have some delicious fruit-flavored sugar cookies to go with those milkshakes? Rosanna creates three different kinds of sugar cookies to match the various pieces of Hyrule currency from the Legend of Zelda franchise. These cookies look so cute, too!

Super Mario Question Block Surprise Cake

 

Surprise cakes look like so much fun, with all the candy or prizes spilling out when the cake is cut! While this cake may be a bit time-consuming to make, it’d be the perfect dessert for a fun video game night with friends!

Do you watch Nerdy Nummies? Any certain recipes or treats that remind you of your favorite games?

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Dream Loot Crate

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So there’s this awesome thing called Loot Crate, a monthly subscription service where you get a box full of geeky items that range from t-shirts and socks to bobble heads and magnets to towels and comics. Each box contains four to six licensed items from multiple franchises all centered around the month’s theme. While they have the generic Loot Crate, they also offer Loot Anime, Loot Pets and, of course, Loot Gaming.

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We’re excited to share what would be in our “Dream Crate.” This is a crate created by us that we would love to see in the future. We can add anything we want to it. Kris and I came up with a bunch of different themes. Since there’s two of us, we thought we’d talk about two of our ideas. The themes would be Justice and Sweet Treats.

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With Justice, what comes to mind for us is our favorite heroes and all their awesome gadgets and costumes. I want to open up a Justice-themed Loot Crate box and have Link pop out! If I can’t have the guy, I’d love his hat, bracelets or necklaces of the medallions from Ocarina of Time, plushies of Sheik, Epona, and a cucco. A Batman mask and cape, replicas of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ weapons (or even a real-life Shellcycle!), a poster of the Pokemon champions and legendaries, and an art book or comic filled with pictures and lore of the Fire Emblem franchise are just a few other items that I would love to see from a Justice-themed Loot Crate.

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There are so many different items that could go with Justice and I would definitely want all the ones you included. For me, I would love anything Ace Attorney. An “Objection!” decal sticker, Apollo Justice’s bracelet or Maya Fey’s Magatama necklace. I wouldn’t mind having Professor Layton’s hat either. I would especially want a mug just like prosecutor Godot. It could have him on it with a quote or something. I would treasure that always! I would love anything from Luigi’s mansion. A ghost plushie, a Poltergeist 3000 replica, a cute figurine of Luigi from the game, or a Dark Moon paper weight. I don’t really know what I’d use a paper weight for, but I’m sure it would look pretty! The mansion would be nice too, with all the money inside. I’m going to add onto your TMNT list (because I didn’t think of them) and I would definitely add socks and pillows. I wouldn’t mind having a pillow in the shape of a Donatello head and having a comfy pair of socks with their happy faces and pizza.

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Ahh, the Phoenix Wright franchise is perfect for this crate! Godot’s coffee and Maya’s burgers would also work for our food-inspired Sweet Treats theme as well. Mugs, aprons, and oven mitts decorated with the characters and catchphrases like, “OBJECTION!” would definitely encourage me to cook more, haha! Recipes from different games would be cool, too, like Princess Peach’s (rather, Toadstool as she was known then) cake recipe from Super Mario 64. Bottles for red potions, LonLon milk, or chu jellies from the Legend of Zelda, or poffins recipes from Pokemon for either you or your dog would be other great additions!

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Cookie cutters! Cookie cutters everywhere! Cookie cutters of everything from all the games! Seriously, though, I’d be a master baker. Recipes would be nice, but having a copy of Rosana Pansino’s Nerdy Nummies cookbook would be cool. I would love to have utensils and appliances based on games. A Gameboy fridge would be cool. It’s the right shape and they’re making smartphone fridges, so all the tools are right there! Speaking of Ace Attorney again, I’d love to have an apron from Tres Bien, a restaurant location from one of the games. And what about the Gourmet Shy Guy in Paper Mario? I’d love to have a pillow or plushie of him. Oh, and anything Yoshi. He gobbles everything up!

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Kirby too! Remember his final Smash in the Smash Brothers game, where he gathers everyone into a giant pot? Let’s just have a plushie or figurine of him with his little chef hat and everything! A chef hat with Kirby on it would be awesome too! A book full of Harvest Moon recipes would be another item for my Sweet Treats list. To go along with cookie cutters, cake molds of characters like Link and Mario would be great! Oh, I could go on and on about all of these…

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I could go on and on as well. Sadly, I know some of these items are unrealistic, but that is why it’s called a “Dream Crate.” This may or may not happen, but it’s always fun to dream about!

If you guys could have anything in a Loot Crate, what would they be? Let us know!