Flower cookies with royal icing.
PaRappa the Rapper, released in the mid 1990s, was one of the first rhythm video games of its time. Some of the songs were awfully catchy; take Chop Chop Mr. Onion and the Car Rap for instance. Where does this game fit in with sugary treats? In the PlayStation game, PaRappa is trying win the heart of Sunny Funny, a flower. With Spring bakeware abound, a flower cookie cutter and pastel food colorings are easy to find.
Sugar cookie dough
Pink, yellow, red, and black food coloring
Ingredients for Royal Icing (for a dozen cookies):
2 cups powdered sugar
1 and 1/2 tablespoons meringue powder
Several tablespoons warm water (2-4)
Roll out your cookie dough to a 1/4″ thickness. Cut out the flower shape and bake.
Allow the cookies to cool.
For the royal icing, mix together the powdered sugar, meringue powder, and two tablespoons of warm water until the mixture is thick and glossy. If it’s too thick, add a bit more water.
Take 1/4 of the royal icing and add the pink food coloring. Pour into a sealable bag and snip the tip of the corner off.
Begin icing the cookie by drawing a pink circle near the edges of the petals.
Carefully fill in the petals. Repeat for every cookie.
Once all the petals have been colored, take 1/2 cup of royal icing and dye it yellow. Fill another bag with the icing and fill in the center of the cookies.
Allow the cookies to set for about 10 minutes so the icing hardens.
Add 1/4 of a cup of white royal icing to a bag and draw two large ovals for the eyes.
For the mouth, add red food coloring to two tablespoon of royal icing. You’ll only need a tiny amount for the mouth. Draw on the smiley for all the flowers.
Last bit of coloring! Add black food coloring to four tablespoons of icing. Draw on long ovals for the pupils. Carefully add four eyelashes to each eyeball. A toothpick will help nudge things along for detail work.
Allow the cookies to sit for 30 minutes. I couldn’t decide if I wanted noses or not, so I did both!