Hmmm, not sure why I’m trying to merge David Bowie with Super Mario Bros, but this is another party post! When I asked Big bear what food he wanted at his party he replied ‘Can’t we just have cake?’. My sentiments exactly dear boy. But no, we couldn’t have just cake, so I had to think of various Mario themed treats for the kiddies to munch on. Thank goodness for Google image search!
To do these ‘properly’ I’m sure I’m meant to make sugar cookies and decorate them with royal icing. However, these were just going to be scoffed by a lot of hyper six year olds, and so I was determined to make them as simple as possible. This meant that I used a shortbread recipe instead for the biscuit base, and then decorate them with rolled sugarpaste. (Also I love shortbread. Preferably with lavender, but I’m not too fussy!)
Shortbread Mario Starmen
2 oz golden caster sugar
4 oz unsalted butter at room temperature
6 oz plain flour
250g yellow sugarpaste
1 tube black ‘writing icing’
Put all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl and rub together with your fingers until it first begins to resemble breadcrumbs, and then comes together to form a ball of dough.
Sprinkle a baking tray with plain flour. Take a third of the dough and roll onto the tray to approximately 0.5 cm thick. Use a star cutter to cut out as many shapes from that section of dough as possible (leaving a 1 cm gap between each cookie). Remove the excess dough, take some more from the bowl and repeat again, rolling to 0.5 cm thick and cutting out. Continue doing this until all the dough has been used – with this dough I created 19 star biscuits, but it all depends on the size of your cutter.
Pre heat your oven to 150C and the pop the baking trays with the stars on into the fridge to chill. After 20 minutes, take them out of the fridge and place in the oven for approximately 8 minutes or until they begin to go golden on top. Remove form the oven and leave to cool before taking them off the baking tray.
To decorate, roll yellow sugarpaste thinly, and then use the same size star cutter to cut out stars from it. Wet the back of the sugarpaste lightly, using a brush and water, and then stick to the top of a star biscuit. Draw the eyes on with the black ‘writing icing’, or alternatively use royal icing or black buttercream if you are unable to find any writing icing tubes. (They’re normally in kids decorating sets in the supermarkets.)
And this is them at the party – slightly battered from the high speed drive to the hall (thanks Daddy Bear!) and having been prodded at already by several children, but still vaguely resembling Mario Star Power!
Mummy Bear x