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Hunger Games: Mockingjay wedding cookies and how to make them

Cookie expert, stylist & artist, Dani Fiori spent several seasons fine tuning her skills working on The Martha Show before pursuing her dream of owning a couture cookie and event design company.

Celebrate Finnick and Annie's nuptials with sea-themed Mockingjay wedding cookies

When I was asked to create this set of cookies inspired by the wedding scene in the upcoming Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 movie, I jumped at the chance. Not only am I a big fan of the movies, but Katniss is one of those especially inspiring characters. Strong, smart and beautiful, she takes the #likeagirl movement to the next level.

These decorated sugar cookies recreate Peeta's beautiful ocean-themed wedding cake for the nuptials of District 4 victors Finnick Odair and Annie Cresta. Remember this scene in the book?

"Four people wheel out a huge wedding cake from a side room. Most of the guests back up, making way for this rarity, this dazzling creation with blue-green, white-tipped icing waves swimming with fish and sailboats, seals and sea flowers. But I push my way through the crowd to confirm what I knew at first sight. As surely as the embroidery stitches in Annie's gown were done by Cinna's hand, the frosted flowers on the cake were done by Peeta's."

Celebrate Finnick and Annie's nuptials with sea-themed Mockingjay wedding cookies

I especially loved that, for Peeta, "doing the cake was a kind of therapy." Often I find myself getting lost in the process of icing a batch of cookies and over the years, many people have told me they find it relaxing as well.

Considering my admiration for Katniss, I could not resist adding a quiver of arrow cookies to the set (idea inspired by Pinterest) as well as a sparkling Mockingjay.

Personally, I love the opportunity to use a specific theme when decorating for any event. These cookies would be fabulous to serve at a Mockingjay Part 1 viewing party (or even for Part 2 next year, when we'll likely see the actual wedding) or can translate into an amazing theme for a Hunger Games birthday party or wedding (so fun!).

Even if you aren’t a fan of the movie, these cookies would serve well at any party or occasion celebrated by the sea!

Shopping list:

Include all of the ingredients (food) as well as the tools — two separate lists.

  • Dani’s Sugar Cookie Cutout Recipe
  • Royal icing: 1/2 cup meringue powder, 2 pounds confectioners' sugar, water
  • Food coloring gels
  • Luster dust in silver
  • Disco dust in silver and royal blue
  • Candy beads in blue, black and ivory
  • Candy pearls in black (these are the smaller beads)
  • Sanding sugar in gray
  • Food coloring markers (thin tip and regular) in black

Tools:

  • Cookie cutters: mini banner cookie cutter set, primitive bird, wave, flower, seal, sailboat, mini fish
  • Expert icing bottle kit (includes royal icing recipe, bottles, spatula)
  • Heart applicator, decorating tweezers
  • Soft bristle paintbrush
  • Wooden skewers
  • Decorating tweezer
  • Toothpicks

Celebrate Finnick and Annie's nuptials with sea-themed Mockingjay wedding cookies

Directions:

To make the cookie base, use your favorite sugar cookie recipe or follow Dani’s Sugar Cookie Cutout Recipe

Step 1:

Celebrate Finnick and Annie's nuptials with sea-themed Mockingjay wedding cookies

After your dough has chilled, let it come back to room temperature for rolling. I use nonstick Silpats as liners on my cookie sheets but parchment paper works well too. I also use plastic wrap as a substitute for bench flour. This keeps my dough soft and pliable and I am able to re-roll it several times.

Step 2:

Celebrate Finnick and Annie's nuptials with sea-themed Mockingjay wedding cookies

I find it helpful to use dough spacers to roll my dough to 1/4 inch thick.

Step 3:

Celebrate Finnick and Annie's nuptials with sea-themed Mockingjay wedding cookies

Once your dough is rolled, press firmly into the Silpat to make each cut.

Step 4:

Celebrate Finnick and Annie's nuptials with sea-themed Mockingjay wedding cookies

I cut my shapes as close as possible to maximize dough use.

Step 5:

Celebrate Finnick and Annie's nuptials with sea-themed Mockingjay wedding cookies

Pull away all the negative-space dough and re-wrap in plastic wrap (or re-roll immediately). Place the Silpat on your baking tray and chill for 10 minutes in the freezer. Then re-position each cookie shape to space out on Silpat and bake following recipe instructions.

Up next: Hunger Games: Seal cookie

Photos By: Tiffany Hagler-Geard/SheKnows

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