Edible jigsaw puzzles!

Bird Boy
Posted on 06/26/2008 by abcdeatmoremeat
My friends and I put on a gig night/party in South London last night. We've been doing them every month but as it's the summer now, and all the students have gone home, it was the last one we'll by doing for a while. Every time I do some sort of in-theme baked treats for the punters, and this being the last one I wanted to do something really fun. The theme was "Conceptual Meltdown", so, conceptual cookies!

The cookies themselves were a very basic sugar cookies recipe with royal icing, both of which I got from here. The only difference I made was substituting the vanilla for cinnamon as I didn't have any vanilla left, still tasted wonderful.

Before they went in the oven:

The phrases on top were all based on typical jigsaw puzzle pictures. There was no way I was going to attempt to draw them! And I kinda thought it'd be funnier to just have them written on top. I made seven different ones, all with different phrases.

Also, you may notice this in the pictures but they broke really easily, very frustrating. Still, I guess it just made it a more challenging puzzle.

All set up in the venue. I made one of them as an example. I didn't really expect people to bother making the puzzles before eating them but...

...to my total joy, they did!

Even improvising for missing pieces.

I can't possibly describe how much fun these were to do, and play with!

By the way, sorry about the bad quality of some of these pictures, dark venue, no natural light, slightly drunken state etc etc.
pixiebullets 26th-Jun-2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
So creative and fun! I like!! :D
abcdeatmoremeat 29th-Jun-2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
Thankyou! Tasted pretty good too :)
historicmouse 26th-Jun-2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
Very neat and creative!
abcdeatmoremeat 29th-Jun-2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
Aaw thanks! Was lots of fun!
abcdeatmoremeat 29th-Jun-2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks! My housemates and I had a great time thinking them up, remembering all the bad and half missing puzzles we'd grown up with. Very nostalgic conversation
chubbyunicorn 26th-Jun-2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
These are pretty rad!
abcdeatmoremeat 29th-Jun-2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
Yay! Glad you like them!
underagedrinkng 26th-Jun-2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
I LOVE this.
abcdeatmoremeat 29th-Jun-2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
Haha, it loves you too :)
manderxpander 3rd-Jul-2008 01:10 am (UTC)
These are so cool! Maybe I missed something, but did you just roll out the dough into one slab and then take a pizza cutter or something similar and cut them into puzzle pieces? And didn't they expand in the oven, causing them to not fit back together?

I want to do this, it's awesome! :D
abcdeatmoremeat 3rd-Jul-2008 11:34 am (UTC)
Thanks! Yep that's pretty much exactly what I did! I cut out the design with a knife before baking. They did get stuck together again after they came out the oven but the lines were still very prominent so it was easy to cut down them again while it was still warm and a bit softer.

Sugar cookies are very good at keeping their shape, they're one of the best recipes for using to do funny shapes, I used the same recipe to make hundreds of tiny letter cookies once and they all turned out totally legible. (http://flickr.com/photos/sophiesimpson/2438614281/in/set-72157605539237433/ if you wanna see). It was great fun, go for it! I'd love to get the world eating puzzles!
manderxpander 3rd-Jul-2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
Oh I didn't know that! I don't usually make sugar cookies, but my boyfriend likes them so I thought they might be fun to try. I've tried to make shapes with chocolate chip cookies before, knowing they would expand. They still turned out decent, but not as great as they would if I probably made sugar cookies.

Thanks! :)
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