Celebrate International Tabletop Day with these delicious, soft meeple cookies!
Every week we meet at a game store in one of Atlanta’s suburbs. The purpose: seven hours of board games. You’d think we would get sick of it, but we keep doing it week after week. We’ve played roughly 200 games at this point, and there are still a ton more out there. We play so many games, in fact, that we run a board game blog called Gray Cat Games to write about them.
If you’re a board game fan, you may already be familiar with the online show Tabletop. So you know the gaming holiday known as International Tabletop Day.
If not, you’re in for a treat! Tabletop Day is a day, usually set in April, where you spend the entire day playing board games. It can be anything, from a normal game to Dungeons and Dragons. It can also be anywhere! At home, in a park…in a game store.
For me, Tabletop Day also means I can bake my nerdy little heart out and share those treats with my nerdy friends. Which is where these cookies come in! I used my favorite sugar cookie recipe, and the group loved them!
The inspiration for these cookies is a game piece called a “meeple.” Meeples are little people-shaped game pieces. They often look something like this:
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Tabletop Day Meeple Cookies
- meeple cookie cutter
- 1 1/3 cup superfine sugar
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp milk
- 3 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- gel food coloring and/or icing (red, green, blue, yellow, and black, if possible)
Step 01: Preheat your oven to 370F. To get superfine sugar, pulse regular sugar in a blender or coffee grinder. Not too much–superfine is not the same as powdered!
Step 02: Cream together the sugar and butter. Add the egg, vanilla, and milk one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda and then slowly add it to the wet ingredients. Blend until the dough is well-combined and stiff enough to work with.
Step 03: Separate the dough into 4-5 smaller sections. I only went with 4 because I felt that was enough (and because I didn’t have black food coloring). If you go with 4, each one should create 8 meeple-shaped cookies. (Giving you 36 meeple cookies and some leftover dough.)
Step 04: Add a few drops of food coloring to each ball of dough. Mix it in with your hands until the color is uniform throughout the dough. Then, on a floured surface, roll out the dough until it’s about 1/4 inch thick.
Step 05: Use your cookie cutter to cut out the meeple shapes and lay them on parchment paper or a silicon baking mat. (I use the ones linked to and they’re wonderful!)
Step 06: Bake for 7 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown. Remove from the oven, let sit for 5 minutes, and then move to a cooling rack. Add icing, if desired.
I went with using dye because I hate icing cookies. They turned out cute! And they disappeared within a couple hours of their arrival.
This is my favorite sugar cookie recipe, but you can use whatever recipe you want. As much as I love this sugar cookie recipe, I would use a shortbread recipe next time. That way, they’ll keep their shape better.
Do you have any plans for Tabletop Day?
What will you be doing for TableTop Day? Any games you’re itching to play? Let me know in the comments!