Monday, February 4, 2013

Chalkboard Tic Tac Toe Cookies for Valentine's

I've had these chalkboard Tic Tac Toe cookies on my mind for 9 months!  I made the Tic-Tac-Toe board last May when I was cutting a square piece of sugar cookie dough with a tiny square cutter.  I wasn't sure how or when I'd incorporate it into a cookie, until the theme turned Valentine's Day and the Xs and Os made perfect sense!  Here are the 5 cookies in one jumbo Valentine cookie:  5"x3" rectangle,  Tic-Tac-Toe board, 2 mini circles & 1 mini square.
Start with mixing a batch of sugar cookies.  Recipe:  Cream 2 cups sugar, 2 sticks of room temperature butter, 2 eggs & 1 cup sour cream.
Add 1 teaspoon baking soda, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and 5-6 cups of flour (until dough is not sticky)
Roll dough on floured surface and slice the rectangle cookies approximately 5"x3".  I use a pizza cutter.
Royal icing:  combine 3 tablespoons of meringue powder, 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar and 1 pound of powdered sugar.  Gradually add 3.5oz hot water and beat until smooth.  To prep bags of royal icing, save yourself some time and clean-up by placing your icing on a piece of plastic wrap.  Roll the icing and secure the side and one end with tape.
Thread the loose end of the plastic wrap through the coupler.  Snip the excess plastic wrap and secure the tip.  I made a set of cookies using red, hot pink, black and white royal icing and only used two bags; one for outline icing and one for flood icing and just switched out the plastic wrapped icing.
Line and flood the rectangle cookie and pipe the tic-tac-toe board with white icing.  Allow the rectangle to dry overnight.
I liked Arty McGoo's tip about painting thinned black royal icing for the chalk board rather than using all black royal icing- which makes a mess of a mouth.
 The black icing will dry within about 20 minutes.
 I adhered the Tic-Tac-Toe board cookie to the chalkboard cookie with a few dabs of vanilla frosting on the back of the cookie.
 Place the Tic-Tac-Toe board and then add your mini circles (Os) and square (X) to the board.
I used red and hot pink vanilla frosting for the letter piping- using a Ziploc bag with a very tiny snip to one corner of the bag.  The smaller the opening, the steadier the hand for piping with a Ziploc.
To get the chalk look, press the tip all the way to the cookie and let the frosting smear a bit.
To give you a better idea of the size of this cookie- it takes up the entire palm of my hand.  It is a BIG treat!
 More Valentine Cookies coming...
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20 comments :

  1. SHUT....THE.....FRONT.....DOOR!!!! These are beyond amazing! LOVE them. I pinned and tweeted so everyone can find these! Thanks for sharing at the Loving Valentine's Day Party!

    Marilyn

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  2. These cookies are so cool! I'm pinning this, of course!!!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party
    http://usscrafty.blogspot.com/search/label/Submarine%20Sunday

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  3. These are too cute, and definitely worth pinning! Thanks for the inspiration. I have to bake these this week.

    Visiting from The House of Rose blog link party.

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  4. These are so super cute! Glad there are people out there like you who make these so I can admire.

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  5. These are awesome! Would love for you to share these with our Kitchen Fun and Crafty link party! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2013/02/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link.html

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  6. Awesome cookies!! Just pinned them!

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  7. Love these! And the painted on RI looks great! Thanks for sharing these on Two Cup Tuesday! I look forward to seeing you there on Monday Night!

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  8. WOW! I love these! I love the tip for using black frosting without getting a black mouth when you eat them! Yeah!

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  9. I absolutely adore these cookies! I love everything about them!

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  10. I am planning to use this technique for my bats cookies. I can't find any more info on how much to thin out on your site or on Mcgoo site. Any advice will be awesome! :) thank you!!!

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    1. Thin enough that the color streaked to make it look like erased chalk on a chalk board. For the bats, I'd still add a little water- maybe just a drop or two. Not too thin, or you'll need more than one coat for an even black.

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  11. Also, is it just black food coloring gel that you have in the picture? Or is it black icing? Or is it thinned out gel with water in it already?

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  12. Is it just straight color gel mix with water? Or mix some black icing with water? Thank you! :)

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    1. I took a little of the white royal icing, colored it black, added a little water to thin and brushed on top of the dry royal icing on the cookie. I've hand painted some cookies since then and just used food coloring, dab of water and paint brush- like painting with watercolors. Hope that helps!

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  13. I am actually going to ice the bat with grey icing instead of white. Trying to work around an airbrush effect without actually using an airbrush. :)

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  14. Super cool! I can't wait to try it. :)

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  15. Googling chalkboard cookies and I found your site. This is exactly what i needed! Love the tip about not using a hundred percent black royal icing. Now I just have to come up with a design. Your tic-tac-toe cookies are adorable. :)

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