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!
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!
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. Rrrrrrrr....my 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!