Mike and I have developed an addiction, if you will, to the Settlers of Catan board game over the last few months. This has been our go-to game pretty much every night we’ve had free…and some afternoons as well, for the past quarter of a year. 😳 There are so many variations and additions to the game that once you get hooked you will forever be learning and playing and settling and building and exploring and then you will build armies and fight barbarians, and use oil to grow your cities and later perhaps you will wash them away if you roll a 7, and then you will build boats and transport your settlers to explore islands and uncover fog islands and build bridges over the rivers of Catan and you will get gold and you will trade and you will fish and you will hope to avoid the robber and you will upgrade your settlements to cities and your cities to metropolises and someone will have the longest road or the largest army or the most seaports or become the environmental champion. And then just when it starts getting really fun, someone will ruin it by uncovering an extra victory point and winning the game and you will all feel the need to play just one more time…
So needless to say, when Mike’s birthday came around, I couldn’t think of a better theme than Catan to surprise him with some sweets on his special day. Here is the plan: a board game made of iced sugar cookie resource hexes, chocolate number tiles and mini cookie settlements, roads, dice and even a robber on the desert tile. The cards are from the board game and simply laid out as a decorative piece.
Using a 3 inch hexagon cookie cutter I cut out 24 cookies from my batch of sugar cookie dough (which will leave you with 5 extra cookies in case any break or get messed up) and with the leftovers, I made 4 settlements, 4 roads, the robber, and 2 dice.
The cookies can be made a few days ahead and stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container until you are ready to decorate them. I decorated mine the day before the party and then kept them in a sealed container on the counter overnight. I’m not sure how the sugar icing would have held up in the refrigerator.
For the ore, I used 1 drop food coloring each of black, red and blue and then decorated with a purple-silver color chocolate sprinkles and glittery black sugar sprinkles. You will need 3 Ore tiles.
I love how the sheep tiles came out. For the 4 sheep tiles, I used 2 green and 1 yellow drop of food coloring to get the background color of the grass and then applied little clusters of white candy shots for sheep and then sprinkled fine green crystal sugar over the whole cookie and shook off the excess.
Then the tree tiles were pretty simple. You will need 4 of them. I took the green icing from the sheep tiles and then made the color a little bit darker of a green and covered the entire cookie in green sprinkle shots that I purchased off amazon.
Lastly, for the wheat, you will need 4 tiles as well in order to match the game board. I mistakenly made only 3 and ended up having to use my frosted desert cookie tile as the 4th wheat but once decorated, everything turned out beautifully. The desert cookie tile then became just a plain, undecorated cookie which might actually be perfect if you are like us and have a couple family members who prefer undecorated sugar cookies that are less sweet anyway.
As a final touch, you can do the number markers. I used white chocolate candy melts and wrote on them with black and red icing decorators.
I would suggest storing all the cookies and candy numbers flat in containers and not stacking anything. Then to assemble your game board, cut a sheet of parchment paper to go under the game board to set your cookies on and carefully arrange your edible game board. Enjoy!