Ryan and I have always loved playing Scrabble together, even before Words with Friends and Word Feud dominated our smart phones – so when I saw a Scrabble-themed Valentine’s Day card a few years ago, I had to buy it. I’ve pulled inspiration from this card (yes he saved it, how cuuute) and from Bridget of Bake at 350 to make some lovey-dovey Scrabble-themed cookies for Valentine’s Day this year. I’ve been wanting to make these cookies ever since I saw Bridget’s post, but only just got around to it and I’m so glad I did – they’re adorable and certainly embody the “play with your food” expression.
These cookies were so fun to make and play with, and best of all they were SO easy to put together. I had some leftover sugar cookie dough in the freezer, so I just let it thaw in the fridge, rolled it out into a big rectangle, and cut squares. Then I made white royal icing to flood the backgrounds and went back the next day to pipe in the letters and numbers. I love that these only required dying one small batch of icing! I used a red food marker to make the hearts, and I could have done all the letters with a black food marker if mine hadn’t been out of ink. I used an Ateco #1 tip for the black lettering, but I wished I had a #0 or #00 especially for the teeny-tiny numbers. They’re not perfect but they certainly get the point across :)
My cookies were a bit too big for our Scrabble board, so next time I might make sure they’re smaller and prepare a full batch of the 100 Scrabble letters to play a whole game with cookies (here’s a picture of all the letters you’d need). Or if you don’t want to worry about fitting them to a specific board, play “Bananagrams” style and split the tiles among players to see how many words they can make free-style. Whoever wins gets to eat a cookie! And of course these cookies don’t have to be Valentine’s Day themed at all (I know there are a lot of V-Day haters out there), but ’tis the season and I was feeling the love .
Idea adapted from Bake at 350
Prepare cookie dough according to the recipe and roll it out into a large rectangle on a floured surface.
Measure how large you want your squares to be and cut even tiles with a sharp knife. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 9 minutes.
Prepare the plain white royal icing and load 3/4 of the icing into a plastic squeeze bottle or piping bag to flood the backgrounds of the tiles. Reserve the rest of the icing in a small bowl covered with a damp paper towel.
When the white backgrounds are completely dry, dye the remaining royal icing black and load it into a decorating bag with a very small round tip. (You could also skip this step and just use a black food marker!) Pipe the letters and numbers and allow the icing to dry for at least 12 hours before handling them.
Happy Valentine’s Day! If you want some more inspiration, check out a recap of Valentine’s Day recipes from last year and don’t forget to my Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake Ballsfrom last week too! Can you tell I kind of like this holiday??