You'd think that creating a set of decorated sugar cookies for the 86th Academy Awards would mean that I'm a huge movie buff or that I'm rooting for a particular movie. But really, I haven't seen a single move nominated for best picture. Not one.
Even more shocking, I haven't been to the movies in more than six years. Yup. Six years.
I actually like watching movies, but going to the movie theater, well, not so much. While I watch anything (movies or TV), I have to be doing something else at the same time. My multi-tasking brain cannot shut down. Most of the time I knit while I'm watching something, but on occasion I'll sketch, menu plan, or even fold laundry.
If I try to just watch TV or a movie, I get bored and fidgety. I've even been known to fall asleep.
You may be wondering, "What about your husband? Doesn't he ever want to go to the movies with you?" Well, he's not too keen on movie theaters either. This is how he thinks of movie theaters: high stress job + hands-on dad + sitting in a dark theater = promptly falling asleep.
On to the cookies! My idea for the statue cookies is from Bakarella. She has an awesome tutorial. The cookie cutter she used is no longer available, so I just hand cut the cookies.
For the gold, I used gold sanding sugar then proceeded to spray the whole cookie with the same Wilton Gold Color Mist Food Color Spray. My husband wanted crunch (thus the sanding sugar), and my little one's wanted gold. Apparently the gold sanding sugar wasn't gold enough for my little cookie monsters, so I put on a layer (or two) of the food color spray.
For the director's clapboards I used a rectangular cutter, and just cut the top portion 3/4 of the way at the top to make the open portion of the clapboard. Then I piped the names of the nine movies nominated for the best picture this year.
From what I've read (and heard about on NPR), so many amazing movies and performers are nominated this year. Wishing them all the best of luck, and I'm excited to watch the awards on TV. Of course I'll have my knitting right there with me so I don't fall asleep!
Decorated Sugar Cookies for the 86th Academy Awards
The sugar cookie and royal icing recipes can be found at the end of this post here.
Oscar Statue Cookie Instructions Before Decorating
Hand cut the Oscar statues using a template and a sharp paring knife. My statue was about 5 inches tall. For the round base, I used a circle cutter that was 2 5/8 inches in diameter.
Before baking the round cookie base, measure the base of the Oscar statue cookie, and cut a rectangle into the round cookie to fit the base of the statue
After baking the cookies, check to make sure the base of the statue can fit into the slit cut into the round cookie. If the rectangular opening in the round cookie closed a bit during baking, recut the slit to ensure the base of the statue will fit. You must do this while the round cookie is still warm so that the opening can be cut while the cookie is soft. If you wait until the cookie cools, it may crack when you try to trim it.
Oscar Statue Cookie Royal Icing Colors and Decorations
Yellow - piping and flooding consistencies
Black - piping and flood consistencies
Gold sanding sugar
Gold food color spray (see above for more specifics)
Oscar Statue Cookie Decorating Instructions
Outline and flood the statue with yellow icing. Sprinkle with sanding sugar. Allow the cookie to dry, then brush off the extra sanding sugar. Spray with the gold food color. Allow the food color to dry completely.
Outline and flood the base with black icing. Allow to dry completely.
Once the cookies are both completely dry, insert the statue into the round base. Use any extra black icing as glue around the base of the statue cookie to ensure there are no gaps between the cookies. Allow the cookie to dry completely.
Director's Clapboard Cookie Icing Colors
White - piping and flood consistencies
Black - piping and flood consistencies
Director's Clapboard Cookie Decorating Instructions
Using a food color maker, draw the arrows on the clapboard.
Using white piping icing, outline the white portions of the clapboard. Flood the white portions. Allow to dry for a few minutes.
Using the black piping icing, outline the black portions of clapboard. Flood the black portions of the cookie. Allow the cookie to dry completely.
Using white piping icing, write the names of the movies.
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