The Oscars are coming up next weekend and I am beyond excited. It is my most anticipated televised event of the year (sorry, Superbowl). Michelle and I are hosting a small viewing party, for which we made ballots for guests to bet on the winners. Download our ballot here —> oscar-ballot-2017 if you would like to print it out for your own party! We also will be serving these Oscar statue sugar cookies and of course, what’s an Oscar celebration without a little champagne?
I make it my mission to see every movie nominated for the biggest awards so that I can formulate an honest (and passionate) opinion. I can’t speak for you all, but I don’t remember the last time I saw a bad movie… the contenders aren’t messing around this year! After much deliberation and a whole lot of crying at the movies, I’ve settled on MOONLIGHT as my favorite. The performances were so powerful and so believable, and I really admire the director’s choice in camera movements. It has been weeks and I’m still thinking about it. But that’s followed by a close second tie between HELL OR HIGH WATER, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, and LION. Oh and maybe LA LA LAND and HIDDEN FIGURES…. See, I have a lot of trouble deciding.
Who are your picks for the Oscars this year?
- Sugar cookie dough (find our recipe here)
- Cardboard, scissors, and a pencil (for the shape cutout)
- Royal icing (find our recipe here)
- Yellow and black food coloring
- Ziplock baggies
- Gold sprinkles (we used Wilton gold pearlized sugar, which also be found on amazon)
Use a pencil to draw an Oscar statue that is approximately six inches in height. Cut it out with scissors. Now you can use it to carefully cut the shapes out of the dough by tracing it with a sharp knife.
Use a spatula to place the cookie cutouts on a greased baking sheet. Bake in a 400º F oven for 6-8 minutes and then allow to cool.
Max a batch of stiff royal icing (meaning, do not add any water and make sure it forms stiff peaks when you lift it with a spoon). Divide your stiff royal icing into thirds, 1/3 for the black, and 2/3 for the yellow. Thoroughly mix your colors. Then divide those colors in half so that you can add a pinch of water to make a slightly runnier version of each color as well.
Spoon the stiffer icing into plastic ziplock bags or piping bags and cut a tiny hole at the corner.
Use the yellow icing to trace the statue with thick lines and make sure there are no gaps. Allow to dry for a minute or two.
Use the runnier yellow icing to fill the border lines. You want them filled as much as they can without spilling over the edge.
Cover the cookies in gold sprinkles. You may need to add a second coat since the sprinkles tend to sink into the icing. Once they dry, dust off all of the loose sprinkles and move the cookies to a clean surface.
Now use the black icing to pipe the border of the statue’s stand.
Fill those borders with the runnier black icing and allow to dry.
And… ACTION! No shame in using your cookie to pretend you’ve won your own Oscar for a little while…