Raise your Poké Ball if you’re going to see Detective Pikachu this weekend!
Okay, I know that’s not a real Poké Ball, but c’mon, it’s the next best thing! Today on the blog I’m sharing an incredibly easy recipe to make your own Poké Ball cookies that are sure to impress all of the Pokémon trainers at the gym.
But first, let’s talk Detective Pikachu! How cute and cuddly does Pikachu look in the new movie?
While I didn’t grow up playing and collecting Pokémon, I’ve more recently been introduced to the franchise by my husband. First it was Pokémon GO on our cell phones and now it’s Pokémon: Let’s Go Eevee! for the Nintendo Switch. I’ve got a killer Poké Ball throw and my avatar, PokémonMon, has quite the collection of wild and rare Pokémon.
Truthfully, this is the perfect game for the beginner gamer — which is totally me. It’s not overly complex, the controls are basic — hey, I told you I was a beginner! — and the the controller is also shaped like a Poké Ball which makes it even easier to get into the game.
Now it’s time to bake Poké Balls! After all, we gotta catch ’em all!
Poké Ball Cookies: A Pokémon-Inspired Recipe
What You Need
For the Cookies:
- 2 sticks of butter (1 cup), room temperature
- 1 cup of powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 2 cups flour
- Red food coloring
- Parchment paper
For the Icing and Decoration:
- White chocolate melting wafers
- Black food coloring
- Icing bag and icing tip
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of meringue powder
- 2 cups of powdered sugar
- 2-3 tablespoons of water
To start, combine the butter and powdered sugar together. Add the vanilla and slowly incorporate the flour, mixing thoroughly.
Separate half of the dough and place it in a separate bowl. Add red food coloring to the dough, mixing well.
Next, form a dough ball out of each color dough. Wrap each dough section in parchment paper and chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes or so.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Remove the dough from the fridge and roll it out to 1/4 inch thickness. Using a round cookie cutter or a circular drinking glass, cut out circles in both your red and plain dough. Cut each of the circles in half, then combine a piece of red and plain dough on an ungreased baking sheet. Use your fingers to lightly press the dough together in the middle to re-form a circle.
Bake for 8-10 minutes, watching carefully so that the edges do not brown.
Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for several minutes, then transfer them to a wire cooling sheet.
Let the cookies cool while you prepare the black royal icing.
For the royal icing, beat the meringue powder, powdered sugar, and water in a bowl. Add black food coloring and mix well.
Tip: add more water to thin your icing or add more powdered sugar to thicken it.
Add the icing to an icing bag with a round icing tip.
Place the cookies on a piece of parchment paper, then add a thin line of icing down the middle of the cookie. In the center of the cookie, add a small circle of icing.
Tip: test the icing on one cookie and let it dry before icing the rest of the cookies, that way you can see how much, if any, the icing spreads while drying.
While the icing is still wet, add a white chocolate wafer, round side down, to the middle of the icing circle. Press down gently to secure.
One warning — these Poké Ball cookies won’t last long!