Pacman Sugar Cookies

December 10, 2008 at 6:55 am 38 comments

My husband and I are 80s children. I guess that would make me *doing math in my head*well… lets just say twenty something closer to thirty something.

If you were an 80s child, you’ll remember this game:

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Back in my day, games were simple, 2 dimensional and didn’t give you a seizure if you played it. LOL. Ah the good ol days. Now my little cousins and godsons play Grand Theft Auto. Granted the game is fun (I won’t lie) but joining gangs and stealing cars seems to send the wrong message to our impressionable youth, no? Maybe its just me.

Then again T remembers spending hours and many quarters playing Street Fighter 2 at his local arcade. Not Marvel vs. Capcom. Old school Street Fighter. He was always Guile. My brother was always Ryu.

When I questioned my little 7 year old cousin about the validity of stealing cars he gave me an exasperated sigh and replied “Its just a game, Cousin Clara.” HAHA. Kids are so cute. They say the darndest things.

Maybe I just long for simpler days when “debt”, “mortgage”, “foreclosure”, “bailout” and “economic depression” didn’t come up in conversation. It was more about “Santa”, “birthdays”, “gold stars”, “sleepovers” and “tater tots”. Pacman is one of those games that brings me back to simpler days.

Recipe adapted from Snack Or Die


For sugar cookies
Sugar cookie recipe
1″ tulip cookie cutter
1-1/4″ circle cookie cutter
triangle cookie cutter

For royal icing – Makes about 3 cups
3 tablespoons Meringue Powder
4 cups (about 1 lb) confectioners’ sugar
6 tablespoons warm water
Various coloring gel (I used Ateco sky blue, royal blue, deep pink, orange, lemon yellow and super red)


To make cookies—
Preheat oven 350F.

Prepare sugar cookie dough per recipe directions.

Roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thick between 2 pieces of wax paper. Cut out “energy dots” with small end of 1A piping tip and “power dots” with wide end of #12 piping tip, “Pacman” with circle cookie cutter (with triangle point cut out for mouth), “ghosts” with tulip cookie cutter.

[NOTES: Try to keep the thickness about 1/4 inch or maybe even a little less and chilled as possible before baking. If its too thick and/or soft it tends to spread more while baking and doesn’t hold shape as well. Example.]

Bake cookies for about 8 minutes. Cookies should feel firm but not color much. Allow cookies to cool completely before decorating.

While cookies are cooling, prepare the royal icing.

To make royal icing—
Beat all ingredients until icing forms peaks (7-10 minutes at low speed with a heavy-duty mixer, 10-12 minutes at high speed with a hand-held mixer).

To assemble cookies—
Divide up in bowls and color with coloring gel. (Leave some uncolored for white.) Fill parchment piping bag (or zip lock bag) with white icing and snip off a little tip to start outlining the cookies. Let icing set.

[NOTES: You could always switch it up and create the outline “dam” with the same color as the ghosts or pacman but I like the white contrast myself.]

[NOTES: I color the icing one color at a time so that if I run out of a certain color I can always add more white+gel to make more until I am ready for the next color.]

Prepare a piping bag for each color. If the icing is too stiff you can add a little water to get it to the flooding consistency that you want before filling the piping bag.

To make Pacman: Fill the cookie within the outline with yellow icing. Let cookie set.

To make energy and power dots: Fill cookie with white icing. Let set.

To make ghosts: Fill the cookie within the outline with red, orange, pink or sky blue depending on the ghost you’re making. Once icing is firm, add 2 white eye dots per ghost. Let set before adding a dark blue dot on top of the white for eyeball.

To make blue ghosts: Fill the cookie within the outline with royal blue icing. Once the icing is firm, pipe white icing for eyes and zigzag mouth.


Husband rating: A+
He absolutely loved them. At first he didn’t want to eat them. He’d rather play an imaginary pacman game with them but after popping one energy dot into his mouth he was hooked on the cookie.

Wifey rating: A+
These were so fun to make. It does take some patience and alot of time but they were worth it to see my husband’s face light up like a little boy. The fact that its all cookie cutters makes it easier. He thought it was so ingenious to use a tulip cutter for the ghosts. Wish I could take credit for that one b/c that *was* pretty darn smart.


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  • 1. Jen  |  December 10, 2008 at 7:12 am

    We’re children of the 80s too. I love these cookies and am definitely going to have to make them at some point.

    Speaking of old school video games, my good friend and I played Dr Mario (my absolute FAV) until about 2am on Sat. It was a lot of fun.

  • 2. Peggy  |  December 10, 2008 at 7:27 am

    Oh I love your pac man cookies!! They look delicious and fun.

  • 3. kim  |  December 10, 2008 at 7:38 am

    what, no mrs. pacmans?? ;) hehe. these are the best cookies ever. you must have so much patience!!

  • 4. CB  |  December 10, 2008 at 7:40 am

    JEN, Dr Mario!! bahahaha. Awesome.

    PEGGY, I will confirm they were indeed delicious and fun ;)

    KIM, OMG I was totally gonna do Mrs Pacman but I ran out of steam by the end… next time.

  • 5. Natalie  |  December 10, 2008 at 8:59 am

    I totally agree with you — my kids will never have violent video games. It’s not just a game and there are studies that prove it. We can’t let ourselves become desensitized to violence or just accept it as entertainment — that’s why I didn’t like the Twilight movie.

  • 6. CB  |  December 10, 2008 at 9:20 am

    NATALIE, I think your domestic violence background gives you a different perspective on the Twilight movie that I don’t have. I loved the movie and I am not against video games. I just hope that parents understand the games and talk to their children about what is fiction and what is reality before letting them play. That’s all I am saying…

  • 7. food librarian  |  December 10, 2008 at 9:48 am

    You constantly amaze me!! These are soooo amazing and cute!! They are perfect!

  • 8. Rebecca  |  December 10, 2008 at 10:25 am

    Aw hell yeah! Awesome.

  • 9. Mary  |  December 10, 2008 at 10:47 am

    you totally rock. I’m a child from the 70s so even pacman is a bit unknown to me. :)

  • 10. sweet16store  |  December 10, 2008 at 11:44 am

    Cute!!!! I used to love pacman. I played it everytime we went to pizza hut! I grew up with an atari and miss frogger too.

  • 11. CB  |  December 10, 2008 at 11:51 am

    FOODLIBRARIAN, Oh man. I really don’t deserve so much praise! I just janked someone else’s idea and ran with it. HAHA

    REBECCA, You know this.

    MARY, I hear the 70s were cool man so I am not surprised that a cool chick like you is a 70s flower power child ;)

    SWEET16, Miss Frogger!! Omg. Totally.

  • 12. Tanya  |  December 10, 2008 at 11:59 am

    So incredibly cute! You have amazing patience to frost those tiny suckers…
    Remember when Super Nintendo 64-bit came out? We thought that was the height of gaming.

  • 13. Vibi  |  December 10, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    I can’t believe how much effort you must have put in those!
    I would never have thought of making the ghosts with tulip cutters, though… how creative!
    By the way Clara, your step-by-step pictures are getting better by the minute! WOW… quite professional!

  • 14. Teanna  |  December 10, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    HA!!! That is absolutely amazing! I think you win the award for the most creative sugar cookies EVER! I LOVE that… I’m going to have to steal that idea from you one day…. if only I had your skills in icing….

  • 15. zebe912  |  December 10, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    What I wouldn’t give for a yummy full gluten sugar cookie about now. Ghost or tulip shaped. ::sigh:: I’ve never had video games in my life, B doesn’t get into them, and we’ve already decided the kids won’t have them. I don’t even like leapfrog. Whatever happened to paper, crayons, and an imagination?

    And I agree with you about our new “buzzwords” the past few months, being really disheartening. I was just thinking about that this morning, and how it might work into my trich blog.

  • 16. CB  |  December 10, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    TANYA, Talk about time warp. Super Nintendo. Remember the old school one? I am not even talking 64. I am talking NES with the 2 purple buttons on the console. My brother thought he was so cool. HAHA

    VIBI, Thanks for all your compliments! I am kind of a sucker for my process pictures. Who doesn’t love pictures right?

    TEANNA, Do it! Just set aside some ME time and get your royal icing on! It does take time but after I made one ghost I got addicted to making more!

    ZEBE, Yeah the current buzz words are kind of depressing. Bring back tater tots! LOL

  • 17. Chelle  |  December 10, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    These are A.W.E.S.O.M.E.!!!!

  • 18. ellysaysopa  |  December 10, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    These are SO cute! I love them. I am a huge Pacman fan, too. I actually have one of those joystick thingies that you can plug into the TV. lol.

  • 19. CB  |  December 10, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    CHELLE, Well… hello stranger! ;) Whats shaking?

    ELLYSAYSOPA, LOL @ tv plugin joystick! You totally rock!

  • 20. Katie  |  December 11, 2008 at 5:19 am

    These are WAYYYYYYY too cute! I LOVE THEM! What patience you have in decorating them all!

  • 21. Tracey  |  December 11, 2008 at 10:10 am

    Wow, those look great! I can’t wait to show my husband. He adores Pacman.

  • 22. Di  |  December 11, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    I love that you were able to create something that looks so cool with such simple tools. Great job!

  • 23. Sugar Betty  |  December 11, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Dude, you’re out of control. That is awesome and very inspiring. :)

  • 24. Kimberly  |  December 12, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Great job on these cookies! I used the same royal icing recipe but I had sooooo many problems. I had to almost double the 6 tablespoons of water to get it thin enough to pipe and I couldn’t get it to reach flooding consistency at all! :( Any advice??

    I was in Circuit City a couple of weeks ago and some kids playing a video game caught my eye. I blurted out “oooh Pitfall”. I firmly put in place and advised that the game was in fact Lego Indiana Jones. Come on, the character was all square and running through the jungle! That’s how I remember Pitfall from the Atari days!

  • 25. CB  |  December 12, 2008 at 9:50 am

    KATIE, Thank you! I am honestly a VERY impatient person but after you start decorating one, you wanna keep decorating more. Or maybe I am just a nerd like that… HAHA

    TRACEY, My hubs thought they were so cool. Hope your hubs likes them too!

    SUGARBETTY, LOL @ out of control. I think I am just a baker masochist.

    KIMBERLY, Double? wow. To be honest. I start with the basic recipe and add 5 tbsp of water for stiff consistency to create the “outline” and then I put smaller amounts of the icing in little bowls and added a little water to each of them to get it to the thinner consistency. I am not sure how much you’d have to add to the whole recipe to get it to the thinner consistency though. I tend to like my little bowls so I can control it better. HTH! btw funny about pitfall!

  • 26. Kimberly  |  December 12, 2008 at 11:14 am

    Thanks Clara! Maybe I was mixing too much air into the icing. Next time I’ll thin it out mixing by hand.

  • 27. Amy Ruth  |  December 12, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    Okay, well when I was in my twenties I played pacman at the grocery store….. pitiful, I know. Now I play with my youngest who is 15 today. I’m old. Anyway, cookies are so adorable and aren’t you so clever.

  • 28. CB  |  December 12, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    AMYRUTH, Nothing pitiful about that! I think its awesome you play with your kidlet. I admit I spent more than a few minutes (hours) playing the free online game the other night…

  • 29. teaandscones  |  December 12, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Adorable. EAt pacman instead of pacman eating.

  • 30. CB  |  December 13, 2008 at 7:15 am


  • 31. jillbert  |  December 16, 2008 at 9:17 am

    Funny – I brought tulip cookies to work once and someone told me they looked like the Pac Man ghost…and I’ve never looked at that cookie cutter the same way again!

  • 32. CB  |  December 16, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    JILLBERT, Crazy huh? I feel the same way. Its not a tulip cutter anymore. Its a pacman ghost cutter. HAHA

  • 33. alan  |  December 17, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    thats EFFING tight dude

    p.s. make me food soon

  • 34. CB  |  December 17, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    ALAN, Dude. Come over and I’ll make food.

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  • 36. Pacman  |  February 12, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    your step-by-step pictures are getting better by the minute! super… Very nice!

  • 37. bridget  |  May 13, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    These are so adorable! If I show my son, he will be BEGGING for these! :)

  • 38. CB  |  May 13, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    BRIDGET, Thank you! Are you gonna show your son? ;)


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