The oldest and I are big fans of the Nancy Drew PC games. We just love them! Every now and again Her Interactive has a contest and we love to enter them. This time it was to make Nancy Drew theme cookies. After much debate we decided to make Sinclair’s Oaxacan cookies from Secret of the Scarlet Hand and a cookie that looked like the necklace from The Captive Curse.
Here is what they should look like:
We decided to make the first using a cake mix cookies recipe I have adapted and the second by making a bagged sugar cookie mix. After submitting I think we may be disqualified for this but oh well. We will see what happens.
I knew we would want to do a stained glass cookie sort of thing to make the “jewel” in the necklace. We crushed up some life savers for that purpose. Then we made the dough, chilled it, and started cutting out the shapes…
The trial cookie we made was left a little too long in the oven (7min) which caused the life saver bits to bubble and turn black. Also stick to the pan.
We only put the second batch in for 5min and they came out looking much better but they still stuck a bit. We were able to get most of them loose but not without trauma.
And that’s not the worst of it. One of them was sticking until suddenly it wasn’t and it went flying into air and landed behind the microwave.
But at least three survived and we decorated them. The green one was our decoration test cookies and it got eaten before we could really get a picture of it but here are the other two, modeled by the oldest!
Next up were the Oaxaca cookies. It’s hard to see, but the cookies had a sort of face on them and were filled sandwich cookies.
We mixed up the cake mix cookies..
and formed them into balls, onto which daughter tried to carve features. Once we baked them you couldn’t really see them so we pressed them in while the cookies were still hot. That worked pretty well.
I didn’t get very many (well any really) pictures of the process because by then everyone was pretty silly. And sticky. And I was a little afraid to ruin my camera.
I did get a picture of the finished product though!
They are looking a little too happy if you ask me but nobody did 😉 In the game they are poisonous so…
Not sure how authentic these are but we had a blast making them (and are still giggling about the flying cookies) so I consider the experience a success!