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Catching your favorite Pokémon never tasted so sweet! These Pokémon GO cookies are the perfect reason to take a break from the hunt.
It’s like riding a bike. We all know this saying. Once you learn to do something, you never really forget it. Turns out for me, riding a bike is well, not like riding a bike. I know, I know. A grown woman that can drive a car, raise a couple of kids and cook a mean roast chicken can’t keep herself up on two wheels?? Sadly, it’s the truth.
Well, at least it was until a couple of weeks ago.
We’re down at the shore for the summer and everyone bikes everywhere. All these happy people pedaling around on their beach cruisers. You know those bikes with the big handlebars, painted in vibrant colors with baskets tacked on the front that are not only adorable, but so useful for a quick trip to the market. After watching all this activity, I started talking a good game about finally learning (or rather re-learning) to ride a bike. I was going to DO IT this year. No more being afraid of falling, cutting up my legs or knocking out a tooth when I go careening down a hill and forget how to brake. After all, I did it as a kid right?
I had no idea I was going to get called on my bluff until about a month ago when my husband and son strolled in looking all proud of themselves. They surprised me with this robins egg blue cruiser, fitted with a proper white basket and a hot pink skull bell. My new ride looked sweet, but was scary as hell.
It took me a couple of weeks to actually get on the thing, but I finally did it. And, as it turns out, my body has ZERO muscle memory. I didn’t fall, but I didn’t go far (that happens when you can’t pedal by the way).
So I decided that I was going to figure this thing out, but on my own terms when the sun went down and the streets were dark. I planned to sneak my bike out into the street and attempt not to kill myself. But my brilliant plan to avoid neighborhood humiliation was thwarted by all these people walking and biking while staring at their phones. What the whaaat? It was bad enough just learning to stay straight, now the streets were an obstacle course!
Well if you’ve been living under a rock like I was, you may not have heard of Pokémon GO. It’s a new app that merges the real world with the virtual world and has everyone running around trying to catch Pokémon. And apparently everyone in my neighborhood decided the best time to play was during my late night bike riding sessions. But I soldiered on. At least at night they couldn’t see my cheeks flamed red with embarrassment (twinning with Pikachu) as I wobbled down the street.
And I also got a little inspiration for the blog as you see here today. Pokémon GO cookies straight out of the game. I’ve even included a video tutorial below to show you how I piped the designs with royal icing. I may not be steady on my bike, but I can wield a piping bag like nobody’s business.
- Sugar Cookies
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla
- Royal Icing
- 1 pound confectioners sugar - SIFTED
- ¼ cup meringue powder
- ½ tsp cream of tartar
- ½ cup water
- 1 tsp clear vanilla
- Gel food coloring in red black and yellow
- *2 1/2 inch round cookie cutter
Sugar Cookies: Sift flour, baking soda and salt together, set aside.
Cream butter and sugar. Add the egg and mix to combine.
Add the flour in two batches, and blend until mixture just holds together.
Add vanilla and mix to combine.
Roll out between two sheets of wax paper and cut into rounds with cookie cutter.
Place cookie rounds on baking trays lined with parchment paper and put in freezer for about 10 minutes before baking.
Bake at 350 degrees until cookies are just golden, about 10 minutes.
Royal Icing: Combine confectioners sugar, meringue powder and cream of tarter in large mixing bowl. Add water and clear vanilla and beat on high speed with paddle attachment until stiff peaks form, but mixture is not dry. Add water to reach desired piping consistency (tsp or two at a time), mixing after each addition of water.
Separate icing into four different bowls (white, red, yellow and black). Add drops of gel food coloring to reach desired color, but keep in mind the color will deepen and darken as the icing dries.
Fill piping bags fitted with round metal #2 tips and ice the cookies. I use the same consistency (flood) icing for the yellow, white and red, but a slightly thicker consistency for the black icing as it's used to pipe lines.
Let completed cookies dry for at least 12 hours before storing in air tight containers.
Cookies will keep for several days stored at room temperature.