If you’re like us, you have a fair few gamers in your life that are glued to their consoles, or you may even be one yourself! The gaming industry has undeniably skyrocketed with a rapidly expanding number of participants, technology, and experiences available. Huge tournaments held in stadiums, millions of fan forums, and we’ve all seen the long queues of people awaiting a new release. The expansion of online gaming has developed a tight-knit, worldwide community where like-minded people can come together for some friendly competition, fantasy and fun. Here at Stockland, we’re celebrating all things gaming, by providing you with inspiration for the avid gamer guys and girls in your life - including these too-cool-to-eat controller cookies! Whether you’ve got an upcoming birthday, school fete or perhaps a championship viewing party, take your gaming dedication to the next level (pun intended) with these sweet treats.
Now, these guys are a little involved so if you’re ready to level-up your baking game, get your mixers and rolling pins ready!
TOP TIP: If you’re feeling a little nervous about laying down your fondant without a clear idea in mind, try sketching out your idea on a piece of paper ahead of time.
Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius.
In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla essence. Combine with flour and baking powder to form a firm dough. Add a splash of water if the dough looks a tad dry or isn’t combining well.
TOP TIP: Aim for playdough consistency!
Dust some flour on your bench and rolling pin and start to roll the dough. Aim for 1cm thickness. When cutting the controller shape, you can attempt this by hand, but our top tip is to save some time and stress by buying a controller cookie cutter online.
Use your cutter to cut out as many shapes as your dough will allow, re-rolling the excess to get as many as possible. Transfer the cookies to a baking tray lined with baking paper.
Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes, making sure you pull them out before they start to brown. The centres should look a little puffy and no longer glossy. Allow the cookies to cool on the tray for five minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Now it’s time for the decorating! On a clean, dry surface, sprinkled with icing sugar, roll out the white fondant to roughly 2mm thick.
TOP TIP: Work quickly to avoid cracks and breakages.
Use your cookie cutter to cut the shape of the controller. In a cup, mix 1¼ white sugar with ¼ hot water until dissolved. Paste a thin layer of the mixture onto the cookie to act as an adhesive. Stick fondant on top.
Roll out your other coloured fondants to the same thickness. Using small circular cookie cutters or by hand with a knife, cut out the buttons for the controller.
TOP TIP: If you don’t want to purchase multiple colours of the fondant, use M&Ms as an easy alternative. The best part? You can snack on them while you cook, too!
Finally, use the sugar mixture adhere the buttons to the cookie and voilà!
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- 225g unsalted butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 3 cups plain flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 60g white fondant
- Yellow, black, grey, green and red fondant