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Pacman Cookie Recipe! Easy, Fun, Delicious.

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At iD Tech Camps, our students learn how to make video games.  But today, I’m going to teach you how to make cookies that are based on video games. Specifically, Pacman cookies. This post will be a step-by-step tutorial of how to make Pacman themed cookies.

Pacman Cookies

First, do not attempt to cook or use the oven without an adult present! As I am no exception to this rule, I asked my adult friend Charlie to come supervise me.

Adult Supervision Baking

Before getting your hands dirty, you are going to need the proper cookie cutters to make the shapes.  Unfortunately, actual Pacman cookie cutters do not exist so you’ll need to improvise.  There are two different shapes you need to create, the “ghost” shape and the “Pacman” shape.

For the ghost shape, simply find a tulip shaped cookie cutter and rotate it 180 degrees (or just turn it upside down). Charlie demonstrates:

Tulip Cookie Cutter

For the Pacman shape you will start with a simple circle shape and then use any “V” shaped cookie cutter to subtract a portion of the dough. For those of you learning 3D modeling, this is very similar to “subtractive modeling” when working with polygons. I found that this “house” shape worked nicely:

Pacman Cookie Cutters

Once you have the cookie cutters gathered you will need the following cooking supplies;

Sugar Cookie Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Powdered sugar, for rolling out dough
  • Mini chocolate chips, for decorating

Icing Ingredients:

  • 1 egg white
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • Various food paste colors

Tools You’ll Need:

  • Plastic bags
  • Baking Tray
  • Scissors
  • Spray-Oil
  • Butter Knife

Of course, you can also just cheat on the sugar cookies (like I did) and buy some pre-made dough. Once the dough is ready, lay it out and begin to make shapes.

Pacman Cooking Process

I found that transferring the shapes from the cutting board to the baking tray was very difficult, so you are best off creating the shapes directly on the baking tray. Make sure to spray it down with oil first. I recommend removing the excess dough while the stencil is still applied, as demonstrated below.

Pacman Cookie TipsAnd time for Pacman:

How to Make Pacman Cookie Molds

Well done! These are all the shapes we need for representing the characters of Pacman. Now it is time to bake the cookies. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and cook for about 10-12 minutes, checking frequently as cooking times vary. While you are waiting, try and partake in something productive, such as playing music:

Playing Guitar Music

Now the cookies are baked.

Hot Pacman Cookies

Next up, it’s time to make the icing. Combine 1 egg white, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of corn syrup and powdered sugar and give a good stir.

Pacman Cookie Icing

Once the texture is consistent, we are ready to add the color. There are five colors you’ll need for the characters.  Between a set of “regular” and “neon” food coloring dyes, we had almost all the colors we needed, here is the breakdown:

Icing Food Coloring

Combine red and yellow to create orange, don’t forget to save some icing for the color white.

To mix the color in, we will spoon parts of the icing into plastic bags—about 2-3 heaping spoonfuls should do for each color. Make sure to ration properly so you don’t run out. Once in the bag, add drops of food coloring and kneed the icing within the bag until the color is even. I found that bold colors such as red required many drops, whereas lighter ones like blue and pink required just a few.

Food Coloring Tips

Once your colors are ready, cut small (like really small) holes in the corner of each bag.

Pacman Cookie Icing Tips

Then drizzle the icing over the cookie. Go very light on the icing and use a butter knife or spoon to spread it out evenly. Start off EXTREMELY light—I can’t stress this enough.

Recipe for Pacman Cookies

Next up we will have to make the eyes for the ghosts, but we need to let this icing dry first. Put a few dabs of icing on the plate and test with your finger as a reference for whether or not the cookie icing is dry.  While waiting, you should probably exercise a bit as you are about to eat some cookies:

Ghost Cookie Recipe

Now that the icing is dry, it is time for the eyes. The whites of the eyes will simply be some leftover uncolored icing (make sure to save some) and the pupils will be chocolate chips. You’ll want to offset the position of the “whites of the eye” and compliment them by where you position the chocolate chips. Remember go light on the icing, when you press down the chocolate chip, you will spread out the white icing.

Cookie Exercising

All done! Have a little fun with it! We made a maze with the leftover icing!

Pacman Ghost Eyes

BIG UPS to Helvetica from http://Snack or Die for the original recipe. Tune in next week for Ms. Pac-Man Pizza!

Delicious Pacman Sugar Cookies

  • Charlie

    Fun times were had by all. Oh, and make sure someone is around to clean up after you when you’re done.

    By the way… where do you get that Pacman font?

  • Great job about hilarious pictures. iD Tech mouse pads are not oven mits!

  • Tech Mom

    I love it! You guys are so creative. My boys are going to love this and my husband will think it’s pretty cool too – he’s from the pac-man era. I look forward to seeing the pizza recipe.

    Thanks!

  • Rene

    awesome dudes…next week can you show us how to make ‘The Tank’ character from Left For Dead?

  • Karrie Colette

    Both hilarious and informative! It’s great to see iD sharing their knowledge with the world 365 days a year! :)

  • Awesome project guys!

    Can we get some more of these?

  • Funny you should ask Rene, check out the Left 4 Dead cookies at SnackorDie:

    http://www.snackordie.com/2009/04/left4dead_survivor_cookies.html

  • And yes Pete, many more on the way!

  • Connor Matthews

    Have shared with many students. These are great!

  • Man! You guys sure know how to set up a good summer camp! I remember my camps in Ireland…Rain, cold and lonliness… Happy days! :)

  • Thanks for the great tutorial! I made them for my boyfriend and they turned out great. Here’s the post on my website
    http://www.cookiesandpt.com/2010/02/07/pac-man-cookies-the-best-sugar-cookies-and-icing-ever/

    and his http://www.andreworlando.com/?p=258

    What a great way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Pac Man!

  • Caleb Elieff

    I came across this site from Google and found this article quite yummy!

  • You dudes are awesome! I love your creative use cookie cutters. If only I had a couple wacky friends to help me make cookies :)

  • Franny

    Equal parts of humor and information. What a delicious combination. I can’t wait to try it!