Super Mario Mushroom Cookies

Super Mario Mushroom CookiesA bit of pound cake with a brightly iced cookie top.


These cookies are the same size as a mushroom, but taste better and are cuter to boot.
Ingredients for making the mushrooms:

1 cup butter (two sticks)
1/2 cup pecans (walnuts or hazelnuts work as well)
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pound cake (a frozen loaf is fine)
Black decorator’s gel
Red and green food coloring
White frosting or white fondant

Ingredients for Royal Icing:

1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 egg white

The cookies are a slightly less sweet version of the cookie used in the Koopa Shell Cookie. These cookies hold their shape well, plus they’re darn tasty.
As with all things involving royal icing, there will be long drying times. If you’d rather do these recipe in steps, the cookies can be made the day before and stored in an air tight container.
To start off the cookies, beat together the softened butter and sugar until the mixture is fluffy and looks like mayo.

Super Mario Mushroom Cookies

Super Mario Mushroom Cookies

Super Mario Mushroom Cookies

Add the vanilla extract.

Super Mario Mushroom Cookies

Mix in the salt and flour until everything is well combined.

Super Mario Mushroom Cookies

Super Mario Mushroom Cookies

Add the pecans (or whatever nut suits your fancy) and stir.

Super Mario Mushroom Cookies

Wrap up the dough in plastic wrap and pop in the fridge for a hour for it to firm up. Cooling the dough isn’t required, but it does make the ball forming a tiny bit easier.

Super Mario Mushroom Cookies

Once you’re ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F.
Form into one inch balls and place on a cookie sheet.

Super Mario Mushroom Cookies

They’ll flatten out a tiny bit to give the mushroom top shape.

Bake for about 15 minutes, until the cookies are firm and the bottoms are golden brown. Allow the cookies to cool.

Super Mario Mushroom Cookies

Creating the bottom part of the mushroom is easy. Pick out a circular cookie cutter that’s a little smaller than your baked cookies. Take a slice of pound cake that’s about 1/2″ thick and cut out as many pieces as needed.

Super Mario Mushroom Cookies

Cutting the proper length out of the loaf.
Super Mario Mushroom Cookies

We have the shapes, now we need the colors.
Bigger image.

When you’re ready to make the royal icing, beat the egg white and the lemon juice together for a few minutes. Add the powdered sugar to the mixture until you get a thick icing. If it’s too thick, add a few drops of water.

Super Mario Mushroom Cookies

Thick royal icing.

Lay down some tin foil and coat the sides of the pound cake pieces with the icing. If your icing is too thin, add a bit more powdered sugar to the icing mix.

Super Mario Mushroom Cookies

Allow the freshly iced pieces to dry for about an hour.
This next part gets quite messy, so you’ll want a lot of paper towels and a sink nearby!
Divide the reminding icing into two bowls. Dye one green and one red.

Super Mario Mushroom Cookies

The green icing ready to go!

Dip the cookies into the icing, making sure to get the tops fully colored. Place the iced cookies on a tin foil sheet. Don’t worry about the icing run-off from the cookies, we’ll take care of that next.

Allow the cookies to sit for an hour. After that, move the cookies from their rather-messy location over to a clean sheet of tin foil. This way the icing run-off won’t harden to the cookie (which would lead to rather odd mushroom shapes.) If the extra edge icing doesn’t fall off the cookie when you pick it up, knock the edge of the cookie on the counter-top.
The cookies should sit for another 30 minutes to finish hardening, as the icing around the edge of the cookie will still be soft.
To finish the top of the mushroom, draw circles with white frosting or use fondant. I used tiny balls of fondant and pushed them onto the cookie.

Super Mario Mushroom Cookies

Super Mario Mushroom Cookies

Super Mario Mushroom Cookies

Completed tops.

And to finish the bottom part of the mushroom, draw on eyes with black decorator’s gel.

Super Mario Mushroom Cookies

Whew! Now to finally put them together! Take a bottom part of the mushroom, add a little frosting to glue the top part on, and then push on the cookie.

Super Mario Mushroom Cookies

Super Mario Mushroom Cookies

Makes about dozen and half mushrooms.

37 thoughts on “Super Mario Mushroom Cookies

  1. I just made these cookies and you should probably put a little warning that says,
    Don’t try and omit the pecans!! XD
    I just made half with nuts and half without, and the half I tried to make without nuts kinda just melted in the oven and didn’t hold it’s shape. D’=
    But yes, these cookies are awesome.

  2. Instead of using the royal icing around the bottoms, you could also use the store-bought hard icing (sugarpaste?), roll it out, and cut it into appropriately-sized strips. Apparently a bit of jam helps hold it on.
    I’m loving these though! Will definitely have to make them! Very, very cool!

  3. I do not like pecans (or most nuts for that matter) and left them out and it definitely messed up the cookies, but they’re salvageable (live and learn). Any replacements other than different kinds of nuts?

  4. I made these cookies with a friend, and we used chocolate chips instead of nuts, and the cookies came out fine… they tasted alittle off, but that’s because of the lack of egg in the recipe. The cake had a bit of a crumbling problem, but overall the cookies were well worth the trouble!!! I’m definitely going to make more!!!

  5. I made these tonight and they turned out great! Just like your pictures! They are very cute. I used chocolate chips instead of nuts and instead of rolling the cake or the cookies in the icing I freezed it for a few minutes first and then spooned on the icing so that it doesn’t get crumbs in the icing.

  6. Wow… it so cute … i will try making some these too 😀 … love your blog… lots of amazing stuff !!! love it..love it..love it…

  7. These look amazing, well done – will definately be trying these for the next birthday party we have – thanks for sharing!

  8. Your site is amazing. The details you put behind the recipe is wonderful. I am a Chef, but I hate to bake, this is perfect for letting those of us who don’t bake an idea of what things are supposed to look like. Thanks for the great info.

  9. My boyfriend and I made these cookies this past weekend for my gamer friends and ourselves.
    They were a big hit!
    Festive, fun, cute, geeky, nerdy…and they were very delicious!
    Kudos.
    I would definitely recommend these tasty power ups.

  10. omg…. this is co coooool!!!!!!! and yummi ..
    excellent concept. you’re so creative
    thank you for sharing this!
    :]

  11. i made these for my drama class’s christmas party and everyone loved them. they may have taken a while but it was well worth it!

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