With Christmas mere days away, I’m in full swing with baking Christmas themed cookies. I wanted to bake a few different kinds and although normal Christmas cookies are all well and good, I pulled some inspiration from my usual source: video games.
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars is one of those anomalies of a game that sounds like quite an odd concoction of ideas. However, a Mario RPG developed by Square and published by Nintendo just seemed crazy enough to work, and work it did. Featuring on many “Top [insert number here] Game” lists, SMRPG touts a colorful soundtrack, clean visuals (for the time) and chirpy dialogue. It really is a must play, and comes highly recommended by myself.
It even features cookies! When the item is used, the party summons a Mukumuku, who tries to hit a member of the party, but fails. The creature then hurts himself by throwing a bomb. For some reason, this recovers 69 HP for all party members.
For these cookies I used a simple shortbread recipe with buttercream icing, it makes it look nice and tastes great! Not to mention quite hard to mess up for anyone who is baking challenged.
Fun Fact: In the Japanese version, Bowser’s Haiku was instead a free-verse poem, which translated to “Why does everyone say ‘Mario, Mario’? My heart is very sad”, with his name at the end (as a sort of signature) instead of “Haiku”.
175g butter, softened
½ cup Icing Sugar
1½ cups plain flour
½ cup cornflour
Pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 150°C. Grease or line an oven tray with baking paper.
Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Sift in flour, cornflour and salt and mix thoroughly with the butter mixture until it forms a dough.
Knead dough, then roll out to 10mm thickness on a floured surface. Press out shapes using a biscuit cutter. Press remaining dough together and roll out again, press out shapes until mixture is used up.
Bake for 30 minutes or until pale golden.
Makes: about 14, can halve recipe.
I dyed a buttercream icing brown and then simply piped bear faces on top, and iced the sides. Simple!
Fun Fact: Bowser’s victory pose was changed when it was brought to the U.S. as it previously resembled the “Up yours!” gesture.