So, I don’t play Magic, but I bake Magic treats
which probably signals to some people that I’m a Magic player’s significant other. Anyway, I saw this Youtube video of someone making stained glass cookies for Splatoon characters and immediately thought that the technique would work great for mana symbols cookies. So, after staying up until 3AM on election day, I decided to spend some time experimenting with this stained glass cookies thing on Wednesday.
And behold! The results! Not too shabby if I do say so myself. I used a sugar cookies recipe from Allrecipes, cut the mana symbol shapes out by hand, and filled the cookies in with a crushed Dum Dum lollipops (bought a bag of 320 lollipops 50% off from a local CVS – gotta love that post-Halloween candy sale!). The entire process, including make the sugar cookie dough, took a couple of hours. Most of that time went to cutting out the cookies.
The full recipe and instructions are at the bottom of the post.
Things that did NOT work
DIY mana symbol cookie cutters. I didn’t like any of the mana symbol cookie cutters for sale online, and I wasn’t about to wait 5-10 business days for free shipping either. There are tons of Youtube videos and tutorials out there for how to make your own cookies cutters, but I soon realized the mana symbols were far too intricate. It was a nightmare trying to get the aluminum strips to mold into the right shape. Blue mana was easy enough, but I didn’t bother with the other colors (red mana, I’m looking at you) after the black mana symbol started looking like a disfigured mushroom.
I printed out images of each mana symbol on a sheet of white paper and cut out the shapes with a pair of scissors. After using a round cookie cutter to cut out cookies, I used the mana symbol cut-outs as stencils. I traced around the edge of the cut-outs with a small knife to get the right shape. The shapes were particularly difficult to cut out by hand, so if you want to save on time and effort, it might be worthwhile to buy cookie cutters online (or 3D print them if you have the technology!).
Long story short: cut ’em by hand or buy ’em.
Jolly Ranchers. I watched a bunch of videos that used crushed Jolly Ranchers for the stained glass. So, I went out and bought a bag of Jolly Ranchers, unwrapped a bunch of blue ones, put them in a ziplock bag, and tried to crush them with a rolling pin on my kitchen counter. It didn’t work at all. Maybe I wasn’t applying enough force. Maybe I was just inept. For whatever reason, the Jolly Ranchers refused to be crushed.
Things that DID work
Dum Dum lollipops! Unlike the Jolly Ranchers which stubbornly refused to be crushed, the 50% off Dum Dum lollipops were more than ready to give up their lives for
science my baking experiment. They were super easy to crush, especially after I gave up the rolling pin for a hammer. Life Savers might also work.
Baking the cookies first before filling in the crushed candy! I found this out through trial and error. When I baked the cookies for 8 minutes with the candy in from the beginning, the cookies were still doughy and soft but the candy was beginning to boil over. So I baked the cookies first for 5-6 minutes, added the candy, and baked for another 3-4 minutes. The baking time varies on the thickness of your cookie and how much candy you filled the shapes with, so I recommend doing a few test pieces first.