Tabletop Treats:  Serve Up ‘Twilight Imperium’ Sugar Cookies This International Tabletop Day!

Tabletop Treats: Serve Up ‘Twilight Imperium’ Sugar Cookies This International Tabletop Day!

Twilight Imperium

Michelle Dawson/Fresh Mana

With International Tabletop Day right around the corner, you may be looking for some fun little treats to make for your nearest and dearest while you spend some quality time playing your favorite tabletop games. Never fear, hungry gamers, because tabletop games are chock full of inspiration for some truly tasty tabletop themed treats! For our first installment of Tabletop Treats, we took our inspiration from Geek & Sundry’s recent announcement that they would be playing a full 18 hours of Twilight Imperium 3 this Tabletop Day. G&S will hold their epic marathon of the sci-fi strategy game April 29th and will feature the most beautiful custom board in the ‘verse with over sized tiles, hand painted planets, fighters, and even custom dice trays for each player. Be sure to check out Geek & Sundry’s Twitch channel for all of their Tabletop Day goodness!

Twilight Imperium

Fantasy Flight Games

Before we jump to the recipe, here’s the official description of the game if you’re unfamiliar:

An age of twilight shall once more spread across the galaxy. A broken empire shall once more be re-forged. Hidden powers from dark space shall come forth to make an ancient claim. War shall rage across space. Secret treaties, political whispers, and devious plots shall again echo through the halls of the imperial city on Mecatol Rex. TI3 is an epic empire-building game of interstellar conflict, trade, and struggle for power. Players take the roles of ancient galactic civilizations, each seeking to seize the imperial throne via warfare, diplomacy, and technological progression. With new oversize geomorphic board tiles, finely detailed plastic miniatures, hundreds of cards, and a massive plurality of options, TI3 will ship in a massive, epic-size box, with more than 200 masterfully sculpted oversize plastic miniatures – the typical TI units (Ground Forces, Cruisers, Dreadnaughts, Carriers, Fighters, PDS, and Space Docks) as well as two new units (the massive War Sun, and the Destroyer). TI3 contains new oversize board tiles, more than 400 cards, every known civilization of the Twilight Imperium universe, almost every expansion rule and component ever published for TI, a gorgeous graphical overhaul, and an impressive full color rules set. The TI gameplay has been refined and redone by original designer Christian T. Petersen. The new design features faster gameplay, and involves players in a far more active game experience with much less down-time. In addition, TI3 will include the new Race Cards, as well a dramatic new approach to the structure of the gameplay itself using the new Command system. Are you ready for another age of Twilight?

And now, on to the treats! The sugar cookie recipe is pretty basic and easy to make. I’ll offer up little tips and tricks throughout, so make sure you read through the recipe before you dive in – it may save you some time and exasperation.

Twilight Imperium


There are a couple of special items you’ll need for these cookies, starting with the cutter. I used a hexagon biscuit cutter to create the shape of the cookies. This cutter is fantastic and I use it ALL the time for biscuits because the shape cuts down on leftover scraps that round biscuit cutters leave behind and it decreases the amount of handling you do with the dough. If you’ve ever made biscuits from scratch, you know the more you handle the dough, the less fluffy and flaky your biscuits will be because the warmth in your hands breaks down the butter. With sugar cookies, cold dough is vital for a cleanly cut shape, so this cutter allows you to cut 6 cookies all in one fell swoop without over handling the dough or letting the dough warm up. It’s fast, efficient, and creates the perfect shape for Twilight Imperium cookies!

The icing base is a basic royal icing (recipe below) but the glittery finish was made with Cake Mate Gel Cosmic Glitter frosting and I used Cake Mate Writing Icing Classic Colors for the red and yellow borders and the yellow of the sun tile. Both of these items should be available at your local grocery store in the baking isle or online. You will also need red and blue food coloring for the icing base.

Twilight Imperium

Michelle Dawson/Fresh Mana

Recipe Yields 24 Cookies

The Cookies:

1 cup butter

4 oz cream cheese

1 cup sugar

1 large egg

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp almond extract

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

Cream together the butter, cream cheese, and sugar until it’s light and fluffy. If you have an electric mixer, use the whisk attachment and go to town. Once you reach light and fluffy status, add the egg, salt, almond, and vanilla extracts and blend well. Slowly add the flour and mix it until if forms a dough with as few lumps as possible.

Form the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until firm.

Preheat oven to 375

Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a 1/8 inch thickness. Sprinkle the cutter with flour and cut out your cookies.

TIP: If you’re baking in batches, immediately reform the unused dough into a ball, re-wrap with plastic and return it to the refrigerator. The dough will warm up and soften FAST, so you need to make sure you’re paying attention to the consistency.

Transfer cut cookies to an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10 – 12 minutes  or until the very edges of the cookies are just turning brown. Baking times will vary depending on your oven, so just make sure you turn on your oven light and pay close attention to the first batch. Let baked cookies rest for one minute before you transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Galactic Royal Icing:

3 cups powdered sugar

1 tablespoon light corn syrup

1/4 cup warm water

1/2 tsp almond extract

Blue, red & yellow food coloring

Whisk together sugar, corn syrup, water, and almond extract until smooth. Separate into another bowl 1/2 cup of white icing for your star fields. In the bowl with the most icing, add several drops of blue food color with 1 or 2 drops of red to achieve the desired deep, dark blue that will be the base color of your cookies.

TIP: Be careful with the amount of red you use because too much will give you dark purple.

When your cookies cool, coat the tops with blue icing.

TIP: You’ll get the most even coverage by dipping the top of the cookie in the bowl and letting the excess drip back into the bowl.

Carefully drop tiny amounts of white icing onto the cookies and use toothpicks to swirl together the colors at the edges. Let dry and then use the clear glitter frosting to highlight the white of your star fields. You can also leave some cookies blue and then go over them with a layer of blue glitter frosting for a beautiful glittery deep vastness of space effect.

To make the sun cookie, first make sure the blue icing has completely dried. Swirl together yellow writing icing with a little red to form a sphere in the center of the cookie. Use a tablespoon of white icing and mix in red and yellow food color to make red-orange and spread around the sun, swirling the edges to create a flare. Once dried, go over the outer red-orange with red glitter frosting.

Accent a few of your cookies with red and yellow borders with the writing icing, just like the game tiles. Let them dry completely and then serve and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this recipe and have a fantastic Tabletop Day!

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Michelle Dawson

3D Artist and teacher by trade. Obsessive nerd, gamer, foodie, Whovian. I want to be Agent Carter when I grow up.