Nintendo Character T-Shirt Sugar Cookies

nintendotshirtsbannerNintendo characters Link, Mario, and Luigi shirts created from sugar cookies and royal icing. I was originally only going to do Link shirts, but in the process I realized that it’s very easy to do Mario and Luigi’s shirts as well. Those shirts just need a little more color and some yellow buttons!


Sugar cookie dough
~1/8 cup flour for dusting
Leaf Green food coloring
Royal Blue food coloring
Super Red food coloring
Brown food coloring
Yellow food coloring
Yellow Mini M&Ms (or Reese’s Pieces or regular M&Ms)

For the royal icing:
4 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons meringue powder
~1/4 cup water


T-Shirt cookie cutter
Sealable plastic bags

Preheat oven to 350°F!

Dust down some flour and roll out the dough so it’s a little less than 1/4″ thick. You don’t want the dough too thick or else the shirts will puff out too much.

Cut out the shirts!

nintendotshirts01Place the cookies on a cookie sheet and bake for 6-8 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. Allow the cookies to cool.

While your cookies are cooling, you can put together the royal icing.

Mix the powdered sugar, meringue powder, and add a couple of tablespoons of water.

nintendotshirts02Blend until mixture is smooth. If the mixture is too thick, add another tablespoon of water until you have the right consistency. You want the mixture thick enough so a drop of icing will stay on the surface for a few moments before blending back in.

The way I split up of the cookies was half of the cookies would become Link shirts, one-fourth Mario shirts, and one-fourth Luigi shirts.

Take a 1/2 cup of royal icing and add a few drops of the leaf green coloring. Mix.

nintendotshirts03Pour the green icing into a plastic bag and seal.

nintendotshirts04Cut a small corner of the plastic bag. Take a cookie, outline the cookie in royal icing, and flood the outline.You’ll want to a little green royal icing left over for the Luigi shirts.

nintendotshirts07Now for the blue royal icing! Take ~3/4 of a cup of royal icing and add the blue food coloring.

nintendotshirts08Pour the blue royal icing into a plastic bag and snip the corner of the bag.

Draw the overalls on the other half of the cookies with the blue royal icing.

nintendotshirts10Take 1/8 of the royal icing and mix in the red coloring. Put into a plastic bag and seal, but don’t cut the corner! You’ll use this icing later.

With the reminding royal icing, split in half, and dye one half brown, the other yellow. You won’t need very much icing at all, so don’t worry if there’s not a lot left.

nintendotshirts11Put into plastic bags and seal. With the leftover green royal icing from the Link shirts, place that bag into another bag and seal to prevent it from dying out. You now have red, brown, yellow, and green royal icing ready to go. Place the bags in the fridge.

Allow the cookies to dry for several hours. Overnight is even better.

When you’re ready to add more colors to the cookies, cut the corners of the bags.

For the Mario and Luigi shirts, draw the top of the shirt. Use red for Mario, and green for Luigi.

nintendotshirts15To add the buttons, add a drop of royal icing doesn’t matter what color — where you would like to place the button and add a mini yellow M&M. I had Reese’s Pieces on hand, so I used those instead. I love Reese’s Pieces.

nintendotshirts16For the Link shirts, add two stripes of brown to create the belt. One goes from the left side to the right shoulder, the other band goes straight across near the bottom. Use a toothpick to nudge the royal icing into place if it needs some help.

nintendotshirts13 To add the belt buckle, take the yellow royal icing and add a small yellow blob on each belt. Nudge into a rectangle shape with a toothpick.

nintendotshirts17Wait for a few hours to allow the royal icing to set, and then you’re done!

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