What do nine year old boys like? I have no idea. My co-worker’s kiddo, however, is really into video games and is having a big ol’ video game themed party this weekend. He’s particularly into his Xbox system, so Xbox controller cookies were quickly added to my project list.
I had accepted the idea that I might have to cut each cookie shape into the dough by hand, but through some savvy internet searching my co-worker was able to find the perfect cookie cutter. It’s worth noting that I’m VERY glad I didn’t have to cut these by hand. The decorating took a surprisingly long time (I made three dozen), and cutting the cookies by hand might have killed me.
Oh, if only decorating a cookie were as easy as coloring on paper.
Anyway, with a super general idea of what the cookie ought to look like, it was time to get to work.
Once all of the cookies were baked and cooled, I outlined them with white royal icing.
I had some mini M&M’s on hand and they happen to include the four colors needed for the controller buttons. PERFECT!
It only uses four of the six colors, so you get to eat all the brown and orange M&M’s you want. Or save them for your next Thanksgiving or Halloween project?
Once they’re filled, and while the icing is still wet, drop in the four M&M’s buttons. Just make sure the M side of the candy is face down. It’s not the end of the world if they’re not, but better if they are.
If you’re a royal icing whiz who can make the perfect little circles (firstly, I hate you… secondly…), you can get started on this next step much sooner. Since I’m no pro, I let the cookies dry overnight before making the buttons on the cookies.
See, I need help. I thought I’d be able to freehand the circles for the buttons, but after a few very sad attempts on wax paper, I knew that I’d have to use a stencil. On completely dry cookies, I traced circles using a food coloring pen and two different sizes of piping tips.
I went just around my guidelines with some white icing and let that dry for a bit, then went back with grey royal icing.
For the finishing touch, just add a white mound o’ royal icing on top and let it dry, then draw an X in electric green to represent the Xbox logo.
Once dried completely, I added a bag to each one and now they’re the perfect birthday party favor!