Hungry Happenings: 3D Sandcastle Cookies from Munchkin Munchies

Monday, July 14, 2014

3D Sandcastle Cookies from Munchkin Munchies

3-D Sandcastle Cookies by Munchkin Munchies for

When the very creative and talented, Beth, of Hungry Happenings, approached me about doing a guest post on her blog, I was very excited and honored! 

I wanted to do a summertime cookie relating to the beach, and decided on a sandcastle.  Though I have seen many cute and clever sandcastle cookies, I haven't seen any quite like this 3D version.  

One of the things I like best about this cookie, is the ease with which it came together:)

The entire cookie is edible with the exception of the toothpick flagpoles. I made the sand buckets from Starburst candies and the flags are chewing gum. The castle is a (1.75-in) mini ice cream cone (I don't know about you, but our sandcastles at the beach have always been made from overturned sand in a bucket, which looks very much like this cone version).

I purchased the sugar shovels and beach balls from a bakery and you may be able to find them at cake decorating supply stores. They are made by Lucks. 

3-D Sandcastle Cookies

I tested out a few different ingredients for the sandy surface to decide which I liked best, and chose the graham cracker crumbs (the spotlighted cookie here). 

The sand for the cookie on the cake stand is brown sugar and the darkest textured cookie is covered in Biscoff cookie crumbs. Though I really think the brown sugar looks more like wet sand, I didn't want so much sugar on the cookie. The Biscoff crumbs, though yummy, were a bit too dark and had a bit of a reddish undertone. Cinnamon graham crackers would also be a good option for a sandy look.

Sandcastle Cookies
  Be creative and have fun!

3D Sandcastle Cookies

Sugar cookie dough
Royal icing
4-inch plaque cookie cutter
Graham cracker crumbs (and small square pieces)
Candiquik (vanilla)
Brown (or sand colored) food coloring
Mini ice cream cones
Starburst candies
Flaked coconut
Stick gum
Food markers
Beach-themed sugar candies

1.  Make a batch of sugar cookies
2.  Roll out dough, cut out cookies with cutter, place on baking sheet and bake according to recipe. 
3.  Let cookies cool.  Set aside.
4. Make the sandcastles: Melt Candiquik and using a small offset spatula, spread it all over the mini ice cream cone. Adhere a small square of graham cracker to the cone as a door (cover it also with the Candiquik).  While Candiquik is still wet, completely cover the cone with the graham cracker crumbs. Set aside to dry.
5.  Tint the royal icing brown. 
6.  Outline and fill the cookie with the tinted royal icing.
8.  Place the castle on the cookie. 
9.  cover the cookie surface with the graham cracker crumbs.
10.  Make the buckets:  Place unwrapped Starburst candy in the microwave for about 1 minute, until pliable.  Roll into a small ball and shape into a bucket. Adhere a piece of shredded coconut to the bucket (with Candiquik) as a handle.  Allow to dry.
  9. Position the bucket on the cookie and press it gently down into the royal icing (you may need to remove the graham cracker crumbs from the spot where you're placing the bucket).
10.  Gently press the other candy items onto the cookie. Allow to dry. 
11.  Cut out small flags from sticks of chewing gum.
Use the food markers to make stripes on the flags.
Adhere the flags to the toothpicks with Candiquik. Let dry.
12.  Stick flag into the top of the cone castle. 

THANKS so much Beth, for having me over!

Click on the links below for a sample of some of my favorite Munchkin Munchies' posts...

Decorated Cookies - Tostada Cookies
Tostada Cookies

Decorated Cookies for Mother's Day
Ribbon Rose Cookies

Decorated Cookies - Cute Easter Bunny Cookies
Funny Bunny Cookies {on a stick}

Decorated Cookies - Russian Nesting Doll Cookies
3D Babushka {Nesting Doll} Cookies

Decorated Cookies - 3-D Carrot Patch Cookies
3D Carrot Patch Cookies

Decorated Cookies - Bunny Ear Cookies

Decorated Cookies - Turkey Cookies

Decorated Cookies - Corn Dog Cookies
Corn Dog Cookies

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  1. Oh my goodness, these are the cutest little stacked cookies ever - terrific job SUE!

  2. SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!! :>D!!! I died and went to cookie beach heaven!

  3. Oh my goodness, these are awesome, Sue. The sand castle looks like a real sandcastle. The graham cracker crumbs literally look like sand too.

    I'm totally digging how everything (apart from the toothpick, of course) is edible. Another perfect cookie from the cookie genius.

  4. What a fun cookie! The kids would love making them too. I think the 3D part really makes them. You are always so clever!

  5. So very cute! Love how you used so many different elements on one cookie and it really remind me of a trip to the beach!


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