My 7-year-old son has a bad habit of asking for birthday parties that are almost impossible to find supplies for. To be specific, when he was five he had a major obsession with “Ghostbusters” and particularly Peter Venkman (He must have sensed his mom liked Bill Murray). I tried to inform him that the year was not 1984 and Party City didn’t sell Slimer balloons or a “Pin the Beret on the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man” game. My son is always so enthusiastic and “encouraging” and will say things such as “I have a good idea, you could buy some balloons and draw Slimer all over them. And for the cake, I think you could make an Ectomobile! That would be so AWESOME!”
I was completely overwhelmed in the heat of the summer that year and purchased a cheesy sheet cake from the local bakery that somewhat represented “Ghostbusters”. So when he asked for a Minecraft party last year I had a sick feeling in my gut that it was going to be a major DIY event.
I searched the internet and of course Pinterest, and even came up with a few ideas of my own. Now that I look back on it, there are some things that I could have done on a much grander scale. Did I mention that his birthday is in middle of the summer in the Pacific Northwest? I’m sure it was 80 degrees that day and the heat had totally gotten to me! He was pleased with the party, although he was quick to inform me of any minor details that I screwed up on. I think it’s a Minecraft thing. All of those neat boxes and lines. I’m more of a willy-nilly curly-cue type.
So let’s talk about the Creeper cookies. I had seen similar cookies on Pinterest via Etsy but they looked like they were cut-outs (!!!!), and on top of it they had royal icing (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). This girl doesn’t have the time or patience for either of the above, especially when I then have to draw Creeper faces on said cookies!
I have a sugar cookie bar recipe that I really like and is easy to make. I use parchment paper on the bottom of the cookie sheet so I can just lift these suckers right off the pan. And although it isn’t as smooth and pretty as royal icing, I prefer the flavor of buttercream frosting, specifically my recipe.
After frosting them, I cut them with a pizza wheel into 3 inch squares. I used a ruler for this task to help get them somewhat even. (I’m sure not even enough if you ask someone in my household.) Next, I made a simple ganache for the Creeper faces and used the template provided here. Thanks, Matt!
Which brings me to my next “project” for a Minecraft party, Creeper cups.
Simply take the template provided, some green cups, and a nice black Sharpie and trace!
I know it sounds like a lot of work, but trust me, if I can sweat these out during a Washington State summer, you can do it wherever you are.
Who wants to guess what next year’s theme is going to be for my boy? I haven’t a clue, but whatever it is, I will have the best time agonizing over what to do!