Hunger Games: Mockingjay wedding cookies and how to make them

Nov 18, 2014 at 4:56 p.m. ET

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."

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

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Directions:

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

Step 1:

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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:

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

Step 3:

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

Step 4:

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

Step 5:

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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.

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Photos By: Tiffany Hagler-Geard/SheKnows

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