Did you know the Game Boy game console was launched almost 24 years ago? I don’t care if that makes me old, GameBoy was awesome. If there was one game I obsessed over, it was Tetris. To this day, as much as 8-bit video games have lost most of their appeal, give someone an old GameBoy with Tetris and they will be hooked. So here is my tribute to this amazing game: Tetris cookies. It will help me forget that it’s been 24 years =) Here is how to make them:

Tetris Cookies
 

makes 80 Tetris pieces
Ingredients
  • for the cookies:
  • 1½ stick butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups flour
  • for royal icing:
  • One 2lb pack of confectioner sugar
  • ⅓ cup meringue powder
  • ¾ cup water

Instructions
  1. To make cookie dough, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together on high speed until light and fluffy. Add the egg and any flavorings and mix on medium speed to incorporate. Add the flour and mix on low speed until the dough comes together.
  2. Roll between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. In the meantime, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Cut out your cookies and place them on baking sheets.
  3. Bake for 8 minutes or until the edges start to turn golden.
  4. To make royal icing, place all 3 ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Mix on slow for a minute to combine your ingredients. Turn the mixer to high speed and mix for 7 minutes. Divide the royal icing in 6 parts to make each of the following colors: yellow, orange, red, blue, purple, green.

To make the dough, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together on high speed until light and fluffy:

Add the egg and any flavorings and mix on medium speed to incorporate:

Add the flour and mix on low speed until the dough comes together:

Roll between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes:

To cut these cookies, we need to score the dough in a pixel pattern. To do so, using a carving knife or any long blade, score the dough with vertical lines, about 1/4″ apart. Then score the dough with horizontal lines.

Here is what you get:

Using a pairing knife and following the lines on the dough, cut out your Tetris pieces.

In case you need a refresher, here are the pieces you want to cut out:

Place the pieces on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 8 minutes:

To decorate the cookies, start by covering each one in the right color of royal icing.

Here is what they look like without icing:

And now with icing:

Let the icing set completely. These are small cookies so it doesn’t take that long. You can stick them in the oven overnight with the light on.

To add the final details, using a food coloring pen, add lines to divide each piece into little squares:

Tadaaaa!!!