Making a map out of cookies

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Posted on 06/27/2012 by silver05
Hey guys! New person here.

My boyfriend's birthday is on Friday, and I plan using this sugar cookie recipe here to make a map for him. Specifically, a map that we design together. He's really big into map-making right now.

My problem/question is this: would it be easier to

a) Make pre-arranged pre-dyed cookie shapes, like triangles or hectagons, and then make the map after all the cookies have been baked (like Settlers of Catan but with cookies)

b) Dye the dough, make the map out of the raw dough, then cut up that map and cook it thus

c) Something else?

I'm not sure if I've explained it properly, but basically, if I wanted to make a map out of cookies without using frosting, what do you think would be the easiest way of doing it?
cynsim 27th-Jun-2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
Could you use colored sugar to give it the color you want, then it is just a matter of making a map, scoring it in the shapes that you want and then using the sugar to color it.
philena 27th-Jun-2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
Agreed. This seems the most workable route. The cookies will change their shape as they cook, so pre-cutting them won't work, and it might take a lot of trial and error (or a very unwarpable recipe) to figure out what raw shape will correspond to a tesselable (tesselate-able?) cooked shape.
sushidog 27th-Jun-2012 07:11 pm (UTC)
How complex is your map? If it's a Settlers of Catan thing, then presumably you can just make different coloured hexagons, and put them together in whatever order you like once they're baked. If it's a proper map, with irregularly-shaped land masses and oceans and so on, I think it's going to be a lot trickier; multi-coloured cookies are awesome, but they often don't hold their lines perfectly (because the colouring often changes the texture of the dough, so the different parts rise or spread at slightly different rates). On the other hand, I wouldn't want to try and fit together map-shaped cookies if they've been cut with complex outlines and then baked, so perhaps making the map out of raw dough and then cutting into squares or hexagons might be best.
akutati 28th-Jun-2012 10:56 am (UTC)
x_in_tenebris_x had made some yoda-shaped cookies that seemed to keep their shape quite well. Her cookies are here: though the recipe for the cookies is in the comments underneath.
akutati 28th-Jun-2012 10:59 am (UTC)
Oops. I wrote "her" without even thinking that the person might as well be male. I'm sorry if this bothers someone. :)
kmazzy 28th-Jun-2012 03:27 pm (UTC)
you could make one giant cookie and paint on it?

my brother did this by accident once when he put his cookies too close together and they came out as one giant one. it was great.
tracygee 28th-Jun-2012 08:29 pm (UTC)
I'd cook the cookies first, then paint them with food coloring.

I will say, though, that you will get a much better "paint" result if you frost your cookies with a plain white powdered sugar frosting first. The food coloring will soak into the cookies and not leave you with recognizable shapes if you paint directly on the cookies.

Of course, it would depend how much detail you are doing.
nightshade2012 11th-Jul-2012 04:52 am (UTC)
Just saying, that's an awesome idea.
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