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Monday, June 21, 2010

Cookie Scrabble Anyone?

I decided a few weeks ago that I wanted to try making Scrabble tiles as part of my dad's birthday gift. Why, would this be the perfect gift for my father you ask? Well...let me tell you a little bit about my dad or "Tate" (pronounced "ta"-"teh,") as we say in Yiddish!

My Tate...

  • owns 4 Scrabble games, one of which is kept in his trunk

  • owns 3 Scrabble dictionaries

  • knows about 121 two letter word combinations

  • has scored 316 points in one game
I guess you could say that he just a little "Scrabble obsessed!"

Therefore, I don't think that this could be any more perfect!

But, before I begin, I have to give credit Bridget from Bake at 350, which is where I originally got the idea to create scrabble tiles a few months ago. Her blog is fantastic and her cookies look incredible!

I rolled out my dough as I normally do, and realized that I did not own any square cookie cutters. That meant that I had to improvise!  So...I used a ruler and a very sharp knife to cut vertical and horizontal lines to form square tiles. squares were too big and looked more like rectangles!  I finally managed to cut away at the dough and cut the rectangles into smaller squares.  Yippee!  My tiles were cut.

Using an offset spatula, I individually placed each tile on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

The cookies baked for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees. 

Once they cooled, I piped and flooded each tile with white royal icing and let them dry overnight. 

The next day, I piped the letters that I would be using for the board.  My sister, (Scrabble player number 2 in my family), created the layout.  I told her that we had 42 tiles to work with and off she went!

Here's what we came up with!

I tried to resemble the "Scrabble" letters as much as possible. 

The numbers were the hardest to pipe, since they were so tiny.

They turned out okay!

Just look at the expression on my dad's face when he opened the box and realized that the tiles were cookies! Priceless!

We first gave him and Ada the opportunity to play with the tiles.

It took no time for my dad to use up all of the letters and to create his own board.

Of course he managed to have some fun along the way!

Here's what he came up with. 
And it took him not even 10 minutes to incorporate all of the letters.

And here's what we created.
Happy Birthday Daddy!


  1. Happy birthday Uncle Barry! :)

  2. You did great Melissa, as usual! Patience is a virtue and you had it for this project!

  3. This is a cool idea! I love Scrabble even though I'm not the best at it.

  4. That is very impressive! What a great idea and such skills needed... I believe you when you say the numbers were difficult LOL

  5. Such painstaking work - this fan from Norway is really impressed.

  6. That's awesome! What a fabulous and fun idea!

  7. Loved this! And I love your blog, too!

  8. Just adorable! It looks like your dad loved them! :) The cookies look so cute on the little letter holders (I don't know what the official name for those is!)

    Thank you for the shout-out! Happy baking!

  9. wow! what a great idea! it looked amazing, and happy birthday to him

  10. Loved them when Bridget made them, and now I LOVE yours too! They look like the real thing! I am so going to do this!