The Good Ol’ Christmas Duck is one of the first items you interact with in the game Gone Home, and it gets own commentary blurb in commentary mode. One the Steam Cards I received from buying the game was the Good Ol’ Christmas Duck Steam Card, so I decided to base a sugar cookie design off of it. Plus the ducky is just darn cute.
Here’s how it all went down.
Tube of sugar cookie dough
~1/8 cup flour for dusting
Yellow and/or Orange food coloring
Pink food coloring
Green food coloring
Blue food coloring
Purple food coloring
Red food coloring
For the royal icing:
4 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons meringue powder
~1/4 cup water
Sealable plastic bag
Preheat oven to 350°F!
Dust down some flour and roll out the dough so it’s about 1/4″ thick. Cut into rectangles about 3″ x 4.5″. I was eyeballing this, but if you’re going for something more precise, a ruler would be helpful here.
Allow the cookies to cool.
While the cookies are a’ coolin’, you can put together the royal icing. Mix the powdered sugar, meringue powder, and add a couple of tablespoons of water. If the mixture is too thick, add another tablespoon of water. You want the mixture thick enough so a drop of icing will stay on the surface for a few moments before blending back in.
Pour the icing into a sealable plastic bag. Seal and snip off the corner of the bag.
Ice the cookies, allowing some space around the edge of the cookie.
When you’re ready to paint, get the brushes, a cup of water to clean your brush, the paint palette, and brushes. I used two sizes of brushes, one small and one very small.
Dip the brush into the container of food coloring, dip into the paint palette to add water / dilute if needed, and then paint your cookie. I found it helpful to have a picture of the Good Ol’ Christmas Duck for reference.
It’s similar to painting with watercolors. Pretty fun!