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Minecraft Party!

23 March, 2013

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!”

 Minecraft Party Table

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.

Creeper Cookies template3

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.

Creeper Cookies cut

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!

Creeper Cookies complete


Which brings me to my next “project” for a Minecraft party, Creeper cups.

 creeper cup3


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!

Creeper Sugar Cookies


Sugar Cookie Bars slightly adapted (from A Little Bit Crunchy A Little Bit Rock and Roll)

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

5 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda


Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Meanwhile, mix the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl. Add the vanilla to the creamed mixture and then slowly add the dry ingredients.

Press down into a 13 x 18 inch pan lined with parchment paper and bake at 375F for 10-15 minutes.

Cool and frost.

Sugar Coated Buttercream Frosting (Half Recipe)


1/2 lb butter (1 cup), softened

1 lb powdered sugar (C&H recommended)

2 tablespoons heavy cream

1/2 tablespoon vanilla


Place butter in the bowl of a mixer with a whisk attachment. Beat gently until creamy.

Add one third of the powdered sugar and one third of the heavy cream. Mix on low until combined and increase speed to high. Whip for 3 minutes.

Adding in thirds, repeat with the remaining powdered sugar and heavy cream.

Add 1/2 tablespoon vanilla to suit your taste.
Ganache for Creeper Faces


1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup heavy cream

black food coloring


Melt chocolate chips and heavy cream in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. Most of the chocolate should be melted, but if not, put back in the microwave in 10 second increments until fully melted. Add black food coloring. Wait for ganache to cool either at room temperature or you can speed it up by placing in the refrigerator. I used a Wilton #2 tip to pipe the faces, but you could just as easily snip the end of a bag!