Game & Crafts! Holiday Cookies!

 Creating a thematic holiday party is a ton of fun and will get everyone in the mood to play some great games! One of the easiest things you can do to set the mood is create a batch of holiday cookies decorated as pieces from your favorite game!

The simple and common shapes in Snow Tail and Lanterns mean it's easy to make beautiful thematic holiday cookies for your game night. Follow this easy recipe for some tasty holiday treats!

You could make these cookies using any basic sugar cookie recipe, or the rolls of pre-mixed cookie dough from the grocery store.  If you’d like to try a new recipe, here’s the one I grew up with:

Board Game Party Sugar Cookies

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Mix the following together:

1/3 cup soft shortening
1/3 cup granulated white sugar
1 egg
2/3 cup honey

Stir these together in another bowl:

2 ¾ cups white flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon extract

Stir the flour mixture into the sugar mixture.   The dough will be a little sticky, but you should be able to shape it into a large ball in the bottom of the bowl.  If it’s too sticky add a little more flour.

Cover this dough and leave it in the refrigerator to chill for a few hours and it will be a little stiffer and easier to work with. 

Preheat the oven to 375 °F. Roll the dough out on a floured surface till it’s ¼ inch thick.  Cut into desired shapes.  Place 1” apart on lightly greased baking sheet.  Bake for 8-10 minutes or till they just start to brown.  Wait for them to cool before decorating.  

Icing - I used royal icing for these. It's a bit tricky to make but I found a great tutorial here! 

Tips!

Rolling the dough 

Lanterns- Using a Lanterns tile and a ruler I cut squares in the dough. you could also measure your tiles if you want to keep your tiles clean!

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Snow Tails - If you have any little helpers in the house, they’ll enjoy rolling out the dough and helping decorate the Snow Tails trees! You can find sled dog cookie cutters here.

Frosting

Lanterns - Use a variety of different shapes and textures of sprinkles to represent the different lanterns. I love the flat candy dots but any type of sprinkle will work. Make sure you have lots of different colors on hand! 

Snow Tails -No need for expensive pastry bags! I filled a zipper storage bag with frosting and cut a tiny bottom corner off to let the frosting out in a nice little line. We started with a nice thick royal icing line around the outside and then filled in the middle with a much runnier version. Use a toothpick to spread it into every corner. This will give you a good border and a smooth coating of icing inside. 

We hope you have a blast making your game themed cookies! We'd love to see what you create! Make sure to tag us on Twitter @PlayRenegade, Instagram @Renegade_Game_Studios, or share with us on Facebook!  Happy Holidays!

-Jenni Kingma
Customer Service Expert, Stay At Home Mom, and experienced Home Chef!!