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Pacman Sugar Cookies
July 14, 2008

Pacman and Ghost Sugar CookiesSugar cookies with bright royal icing featuring Pacman along with Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde.

I recently ordered some food coloring paste after hearing of their potent coloring ability. Way better than liquid food coloring, I was informed. So a box of food coloring paste was promptly ordered. Now I just needed something to test these new colors on!

I dug through my collection of cookie cutters to find my tiny tulip cookie cutter. Turn it over and it's perfect shape for a pacman ghost.

Pacman Sugar Cookies


Sugar cookie dough
1 egg white
2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon light corn syrup
Various food paste colors
Mini chocolate chips

The ingredients for the royal icing - everything but the dough and the chocolate chips - make enough for a dozen and a half small sugar cookies.

Preheat oven to 350°F!

Cut out the ghost and pacman shapes from sugar cookie dough.

Pacman Sugar Cookies

Pacman is created from a circular cookie cutter and then a pointy bit from another cookie cutter.

Pacman Sugar Cookies
Pacman Sugar Cookies

Bake for about eight minutes, or until the tops are golden brown.

Pacman Sugar Cookies

Allow to cool.

For the royal icing, mix together the egg white and lemon juice. Add the corn syrup, then mix in the powdered sugar.

Pacman Sugar Cookies
Pacman Sugar Cookies

Now to use the new colors!

Pacman Sugar Cookies
Not just any red. Super red.

For each character color, scoop roughly one-fourth cup of the royal icing into a bowl. Dip a toothpick into the bottle of food coloring and stir into the icing. I needed two dips for to create the blue for the Inky, but the other colors only required only one dip.

Pacman Sugar Cookies

Once it's the proper color, pour the icing into a plastic bag.

Pacman Sugar Cookies

Seal the bag, and snip a teeny tiny bit off one of the corners.

Squeezing the bag gently, draw the outline of the ghost on the cookie. Fill in the outline. Repeat the whole coloring and bagging procedure for each ghost. Save a little of the white royal icing; you'll need it for the last bit.

Pacman Sugar Cookies

Allow the icing on the cookies to set. It'll take about 30 minutes.

Once the icing is firm, pour the last bit of white royal icing into a plastic bag. Add the two eyes.

Pacman Sugar Cookies

Quickly add the tiny chocolate chips.

Pacman Sugar Cookies
Pacman Sugar Cookies

The ghosts will be all set in about 15 minutes.

I love the way these turned out!

Pacman Sugar Cookies
The orange Clyde looks nervous.
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Pacman Sugar Cookies
Flashbang Fatbottom checks out the Pinky cookie.
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Pacman Sugar Cookies
The entire cookie crew.


Wow!! Those came out amazing! At a quick glance I thought you actually had a pacman ghost cookie cutter : )

do you need to eat a blinking pill before eating these ?


Yay! I am so making these for my boyfriend and his group for their gaming party this weekend


Very, very cute!

I can just taste the old-school joystick goodness!


So cute!!! Whom ever is eating these better realize how much detail went into these!

I found a website that made cupcakes of these characters as well.

Omg I saw these cookies on foodgawker and had to drop by to let you know that I thought they are so cute! Thanks for bringing back my childhood memories of playing Pacman on my ancient nintendo console. :D

Oh, these are too cute!

What a great collection of cookies! Well done! Don't you just love the paste colors!


These are so neat! Now I'm thinking of decorating a cake using these characters and M&M's for the dots.

Funny idea !! I liked it!!

They are extremely cute!
I wonder when is Pacman's next generation of foie gras this time.. =D


this is a realy good way to make cookies ie is awsome

wedgie :D:

This is such a cute idea. i'm going to make these for my best firend and his roommates!

Cavies!! I see you're using nonallergic, recycle paper. Oh, cool cookies, might make them for my daughter's second grade class.

Oh my gosh, these are wonderfully creative and fun! Thank you for sharing. I too thought you had a Pacman ghost cookie cutter, what a clever idea! They're perfect! Great photos too. :-)

Simply awesome.
Thanks for share it! ♥♥♥♥♥
and very nice and awesome work! ^ - ^


Oh... genius.

HOLY CRAP! This is the cutest idea I have seen! I love your imagination! These little guys take me back to my attari!!


oh my god, I seriously had cute overload when I saw the pic of these cookies. this is sooo awesome, and inspirational! :D


Have you thought of making a "Pac-cake"?

lol.. very cool recipe, this brought a smile to my face :D the pacmac cookies are so cute!


OMG i just loved this!!!!!

They are fantastic!

Phil E. Drifter:

Totally photoshopped. having said that, I want to make these for the holidays this year. Stumbled here, givin' it a thumbs up. :)

how long do they take to make



@edster: If you have the dough all ready, it'll take about 30 minutes or so to frost the cookies. :)

i know but all together how long do the take like the baking waitng i omly got 1hour 15mins to bake them.

I got inspired by your awesome idea so I tried it out myself. I made them a little bit bigger and added a ghost after a power pellet is eaten. Another idea would be to put little red bows on some of the pac-men to make them ms. pac-(wo?)men


So cute! Great decorating job. Very creative :)

Thank you for the inspiration to make these cookies! Who'da thunk it?!?! The tulip and cut-out circle idea is absolutely genius :) Keep up the awesome work.

Lovely! I am making these real soon:)


that is fucking adorable.


Hi, can you send me the intrucions in spanish please and the intruccions for Super Mario Bros. Mushroom Cookies too please

So sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats!


wocka wocka wocka wocka
hehehe that's all i could think when i saw them XD coool


i enjoyed making theese verry much they were great



These are so super cute! I imagine they would be a great hit with children (and of course, adults, myself being one). Love it!

Hi, I'm a singer songwriter, putting out an album and was wondering if I can have permission to use the pic. of the plate of pacman cookies for the cover?

Not only cute, it's a homenagem to pacman and the oldschool video games


These are soooooo cute!

OMG! these are so cute! i wish i was a better cook...


That is the cutest thing in the entire world. I've never been so impressed!


these are the best cookies in the world


amazing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

He, your cookies are featured at

Very nice!



Wow, that looks absolutely delicious! You did a great job presenting the pictures too, I will definitely have to try this recipe when I have some time this weekend :)


hey... these cookies are awesome! and the frosting was great once it was on the cookies (by itself? not so much) but what kind of store bought cookie dough did you use? i cant seem to get them to keep their shape very well... :(

These are so cool! My sister loves Pac Man I'll have to make her these for her birthday! Thanks for the great idea, I love it!


Caroline (with the idea of a pac-cake):

I had a pac-cake for my 12th birthday but it was chocolate so it was pacmans evil twin

I made mine from a really good sugar cookie recipe and loved it!My Pac-men kept breaking at their jaws though.
I made them as a surprise for my boyfriend, he really liked them.


oh my goodness so cute! ^^ im gunna try to make some of these over the break~

Will have the kids make this over the weekend!

These are so cute! The guinea pig is so darling!!


These turned out AMAZING! I got the tulip cookie cutter for Christmas. They were also REALLY cute!!! Thanks!


why the genie pig.


i love them!!!!!

That looks like a lot of work but it turned out realy pretty. Thanks for the walkthrough.

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