May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

by Jennifer on February 20, 2012

in Book Themed Desserts, Hunger Games Desserts, Movie Themed Desserts, Sugar Cookies

***Want more Hunger Games? Check out my guest post on Rae Gun Ramblings for arrow cookie pops for Katniss!***

Are you Team Peeta or Team Gale? Or perhaps Team Finnick or Team Cinna?

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past couple months, you have probably heard of the popular young adult trilogy “The Hunger Games.”

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The first movie will be out on March 23rd and I. cannot. wait. I mean, check out this trailer. Go ahead, I’ll wait.


Amazing, right? So, I’m excited to show you these cookies today!

Anyone familiar with the series will recognize the Mockingjay pin. Here is how you make them.

You will need:

  • Circle shaped cookies
  • Black 10 second icing (for outlining and flooding)
  • Gold 10 second icing (for outlining and flooding)
  • #2 tips, pastry bags, and couplers
  • Food writer marker
  • Gold luster dust
  • Vodka, Everclear, or lemon extract
  • A small paintbrush

To help me create the right porportions, I found a graphic of the Mockingjay pin, like this:

I printed it on some cardstock I had lying around, just to give me a stiff template.

I then used my trusty food writer to trace an outline to get the circle outline right. I still can’t pipe a perfect circle to save my life, so this step is necessary for me!

Here’s a tip: when tracing a circle like this, it helps to use small, short strokes rather than tracing with one line. You’re more likely to mess up that way. And, it doesn’t matter if your circle is nice-looking – the icing will be covering it! This is only to help you pipe the outline.

Then, I drew another, smaller circle on the inside (I did this free hand).

Now, let’s get piping!

First, pipe the outline of the circle with the gold icing (I used a #2 tip):

Oh, night-time pictures. How you disappoint me. Anyway…

Next, fill in your circle with the same icing:

Now, exercise patience – let the circle dry for a bit before adding in the black. You don’t want your colors to bleed!

When you’re ready (did you wait for it to dry? You better have!), outline the entire cookie with black icing (also with a #2 tip):

Then, flood the rest of the cookie with the black icing, using a toothpick to spread the icing up against the gold icing.

Pretty and shiny! Let it dry for a while before continuing.

Now, you have a couple options for piping the Mockingjay on the cookie. My trusty food writer isn’t helpful here, since the icing is so dark. You can use the push pin trick (see Sweet Sugarbelle for a tutorial). You basically using a sharp pin to gently prick the surface of the icing to use as a guide for piping. For this project though, I chose to do it free-hand by referencing the template I printed out while piping. It might not be the most exact method, but I did not want to make a super detailed cookie here either.

Here is the result with a #2 tip:

Weird angle = a lopsided looking cookie. Sorry about that :)

At this point, the cookie could be finished. But, I had to take it one step further…and this is where the vodka comes in!

Let the cookies dry overnight. They MUST be completely dry to perform the next step. I know I keep saying that, but I mean it this time! You will ruin your cookie if it is not totally dry – then you will cry… I will cry…and then we will all be crying for your tragically disfigured cookies. Seriously, let them dry overnight (or longer).

It is luster dust time!

Luster dust is a non-toxic, fine, glittery powder that can be applied to cookies, cakes, and other confections. It can be applied wet or dry – I used a wet application here and referenced this wonderful tutorial from the University of Cookie.

First, gather your supplies:

Gold luster dust, a baby bottle of vodka (lushes may have a large bottle lying around), a small paintbrush, and a small bowl to mix up this shiny magic. If you don’t have vodka, you can also use Everclear or lemon extract. I tried to buy Everclear, but apparently it is illegal in Virginia. That was an interesting conversation at the ABC store…

Also, no worries about getting drunk from these cookies or giving them to little ones – the vodka evaporates.

Add a little bit of luster dust to your bowl (a little goes a long way). Then, add a couple drops of vodka and mix!

You want it to be a painting consistency – you can always add more dust or vodka to adjust as needed.

Grab your cookies that you let dry overnight.

Carefully start painting over the gold icing…

Soooo pretty. Your application of luster dust doesn’t have to be even –  it will still look good. However, try not to get any on the black icing – it will be very noticeable!

Voila! Beautiful, shiny Mockingjay pins to celebrate your love for The Hunger Games… and the fact that we don’t have to sacrifice our children in a brutal, government-sponsored deathmatch. Yay!



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1 Hezzi-D' February 20, 2012 at 1:34 pm

OMG I have to make these! I love the title of your post too-that’s what my T-shirt is going to say when I go to the movie! These are amazing. Love them!


2 Jennifer February 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Thank you so much! I had a blast making them. And, did you see the fancy Capitol website? It looks awesome!


3 Robyn February 20, 2012 at 2:48 pm

They look great – I can’t wait for the movie!


4 Jennifer February 20, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Thank you, Robyn! I’m way too excited for the movie – it looks fantastic!


5 Sharon Thurston February 20, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Wow, Jennifer, these are amazing!


6 Jennifer February 20, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Thank you, Sharon! :)


7 Alida February 20, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Wow, these are just incredible. Amazing job!


8 Jennifer February 20, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Awww, thank you Alida! I’m still a bit new to cookie decorating, so your comment gives me the warm fuzzies :) My work definitely isn’t perfect, but I’m having so much fun learning!


9 Christy February 21, 2012 at 12:27 am

Those are awesome! Great job!


10 Jennifer February 21, 2012 at 12:56 am

Thanks so much, Christy!


11 Cathy February 21, 2012 at 9:16 pm

great job with the cookies! I read all the books in probably a week or so. I couldn’t put them down!


12 Jennifer February 22, 2012 at 1:01 am

Oh, I know – it was embarrassing how quickly I read them. I got the first book from the library, but I just couldn’t wait to get into the second book…so I bought it. So much for saving money by using the library :)


13 Wendy February 21, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Wow! Good job! This would be perfect for an upcoming book club meeting, but I’m not sure I can pull this off!


14 Jennifer February 22, 2012 at 1:04 am

Thank you very much, Wendy! I bet you could do it – I have faith in you! But, if you don’t already have the supplies on hand and didn’t want to buy it, Fictional Food has some great Hunger Games desserts – like cupcakes with fondant! I think these are super cute too: Hope that helps!


15 Morgan February 24, 2012 at 8:17 pm

I LOVE these and the slightly matte effect the luster dust gives. I definitely want to try these before the movie comes out.


16 Jennifer February 24, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Thank you so much, Morgan! If you have any trouble making them, feel free to comment or email me ( I’m happy to help!


17 marissa February 25, 2012 at 3:37 am

These are fabulous! I’m so excited for the movie I can’t stop making HG crafts. I’m actually having a Hunger Games blog party complete with link party starting on March 5th I hope you’ll stop by and join in on the geeky fun!



18 Jennifer February 25, 2012 at 3:44 am

Thanks so much, Marissa – The HG blog party sounds super fun and I am totally interested!


19 Ellen February 29, 2012 at 1:42 pm

These are fantastic!! Great job!


20 Jennifer February 29, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Thanks, Ellen!


21 Evelyn Cronin February 29, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Seriously… you aren’t selling these?
I’m not remotely talented enough to do this myself and would pay to have them!


22 Jennifer February 29, 2012 at 2:11 pm

You’re too sweet, Evelyn! I don’t sell any cookies – I just blog about them :) Perhaps it is something I should explore in the future!


23 Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes March 15, 2012 at 2:04 pm

These are ADORABLE! I love the way they look and bet they taste fantastic. Amazing work!! :)


24 Jennifer March 15, 2012 at 4:40 pm

OMG – Thank you so much for posting! I’m geeking out because I love your blog :)


25 Maggie @ Kitchie Coo March 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I found this post through Scarletta’s site and I LOVE IT!! Wow. You are a true Hunger Games fan. I am totally and completely obsessed. While I am not completely sure I have the patience (or artistry) to make these cookies I appreciate them more than you know. Highly impressed. And I am going crazy waiting for the movie to come out…one week from today!! Great to have found your blog and another fellow HG fan!


26 Jennifer March 15, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Maggie – thank you so much for your kind words! Love to meet another HG fan!

On another note, I took a look at your blog and I’m so sorry to hear about your dog, Gretta. My husband and I lost our youngest cat last October unexpectedly (he was only 5 years old) and I still miss him terribly. I am thinking of you and your family.


27 Morgan March 20, 2012 at 10:57 am

So I made these.. at a good angle they look like Mockingjays. On a not-so-good angle, they look like Watto from Episode 1. Haha! I am not too talented with the freehand. Thank you for the tutorial, though. I loved how they looked after they were painted with the gold luster dust.


28 Jennifer March 20, 2012 at 11:04 am

I’m so glad you tried them out! I’m still working on my free-hand as well. I prefer to “cheat” and trace designs with my handy food writer :) And, doesn’t the luster dust make such a difference?! Not so much in pictures, but in person – it adds a great touch!


29 Sweetsugarbelle March 21, 2012 at 9:04 pm

These are AWESOME!!!!!


30 Jennifer March 21, 2012 at 9:06 pm

OMG – Thank you so much! I adore your blog, so it means so much coming from you! :) You made my night.


31 ShootingStarsMag March 23, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Wow, these look oh so yummy. thanks for sharing the guide.


32 Jennifer March 23, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Happy to do it!


33 Nicole (Life's a Batch) March 25, 2012 at 3:50 am

These are awesome, and you make it look so easy when I know it’s really not! ;-) I linked your cookies up in my Hunger Games linky party, but please let me know if you’d rather that I take them down, okay?


34 Jennifer March 25, 2012 at 7:56 am

Hi Nicole! I don’t mind at all – I saw your HG cookies last night and WOW…so amazing! The detail is really exquisite. Thank you for the thinking of me :)


35 Leah March 30, 2012 at 4:35 pm

WOW! I absolutely love these. And, I love your sense of humor. I really can’t wait to try these out. Great job!!


36 Jennifer March 30, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Thanks so much, Leah! I hope you keep reading :)


37 K.W. September 26, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Can you make Percy Jackson food? In the books, he likes completely blue food. Ex. Blue Pancakes, blue candy, blue cakes/cupcakes, blue… everything!


38 Jennifer October 6, 2013 at 3:32 pm

I will definitely take that under advisement, K.W.! :)


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