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Recipe | Pirate Cookies



Aha! Me hearties! How awesome are these pirate cookies that me and the kids made a few days ago?! They were so much fun to make and really easy too.

The recipe came from the fantastic BAKED: Amazing Bakes To Create With Your Child book, you can see my review of the book here. I’m so pleased with how they turned out and I can’t wait to make something else from the book but I’m spoilt for choice, all the recipes look so amazing!

The kids absolutely loved decorating these and I have to say, so did I! The sugar cookies themselves are really yummy, definitely a recipe I will be sticking to.

For the sugar cookies
  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1 – 2 tsp of vanilla essence
  • 400g plain flour
  • 1 medium egg
To decorate
  • Icing sugar or cornflour for rolling out
  • 35g skin-tone sugarpaste (per cookie) or food colouring gel added to extra white sugar paste
  • 35g red sugarpaste (per cookie)
  • 3g white sugarpaste (per cookie)
  • Black icing writer
  • Edible candy eyes (optional)
  • Chocolate strand sprinkles (optional)

1. Cream the butter, sugar and flavouring together for 2 – 3 minutes, until well combined. Start on a low speed and gradually increase. Don’t overwork.

2. Using a silicone spoon, stir in the sifted flour and egg.

3. Form the dough into a ball, knead lightly and then flatten it slightly into a patty shape. Wrap it in cling film and chill for at least an hour. The book suggests leaving it overnight but I only left it an hour and that was fine.

4. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees/gas mark 4.

5. Place a piece of baking parchment the size of your baking sheet on the work surface and sprinkle over a little plain flour.

6. Halve the dough and and knead it briefly to soften it, and then roll it out to around 5mm thick. Sprinkle with more flour whilst rolling to prevent the dough from sticking to the rolling pin.

7. Use a 7cm circular cookie cutter to cut out your cookies. Leave the cookies on the baking parchment and transfer to the fridge for a minimum of 20 minutes. Chilling them after cutting prevents them from spreading in the oven.

8. Cut another piece of baking parchment. Take the dough that you haven’t yet used and repeat the process until all the dough has gone.

9. Bake for 6 – 10 minutes or until golden. Leave to cool a little, then transfer to a wire rack.




1. Dust your surface with a little icing sugar or cornflour. Roll out the skin-tone sugarpaste to about 4mm in thickness. Cut as many skin-tone faces as you need to cover your cookies. Cut away the top quarter of each face.




2. Repeat the above steps with the red sugarpaste for the pirates bandanas. This time, cut a quarter off the top of the circles and then a quarter off the bottom to make two pirate bandanas. You can reuse the centre piece.




3. Stick the two sugarpaste shapes to the top of the cookies using a little water on a paintbrush dabbed directly on to the biscuit. Secure by gently sweeping the pad of your index finger over the surface in circular motions. Where the two colours of sugarpaste meet, take the paintbrush and brush along the seam. With a sweeping motion, use your index finger to gently push the colours together. Continue until all your pirate cookies are covered.




4. Take a small amount of red sugarpaste. Roll one medium ball per pirate to make the tie area of the bandana. Flatten the ball between your index finger and thumb. Cut a triangle out of the bottom area.




5. Take the white sugarpaste. Roll six small balls per pirate for the spots on their bandanas, and then flatten between your index finger and thumb. Wet the backs of the spots with the paintbrush and press on to the bandanas. Take the red ties you made earlier and attach these with the wet paintbrush.




6. Use the icing writer to add details to your pirates. Draw each one a mouth, an eye (if not using edibile candy eyes) and an eyepatch.

7. If you’d like to give your pirate cookies beards, use a little water on a paintbrush to dampen the area around the mouth of your pirate and make the sugarpaste sticky, then scatter with chocolate strand sprinkles!




BAKED: Amazing Bakes to Create with your Child by Adelle Smith (founder of the BKD bakery) is available now from all good retailers, RRP £14.99.

What do you think to our pirate cookies? Would you make these with your little ones?

Thanks for reading.

Linking up with:

A Cornish Mum
Dear Bear and Beany
Cuddle Fairy


  1. August 18, 2016 / 11:33 am

    Aww Emma these are super cool cookies 🙂 Love Love Love !!!

    • Emma
      August 18, 2016 / 8:29 pm

      Awesome aren’t they! 🙂 x

  2. August 18, 2016 / 1:12 pm

    Oooh definitely trying these, even I SHOULD be able to manage!

    • Emma
      August 18, 2016 / 8:20 pm

      They are really easy to do 🙂

  3. August 18, 2016 / 3:24 pm

    These are so cute! Will definitely have to try, my son loves pirates right now. I’m also sharing on FB as my friend is throwing her daughter a pirate themed birthday party soon! #sharingthebloglove

    • Emma
      August 18, 2016 / 8:13 pm

      Thanks and thank you for sharing 🙂

  4. August 18, 2016 / 6:29 pm

    These are so cute! My son is totally into pirates – he doesn’t say many words right now, but he does do all the actions to the Swashbuckle song! He loves that show! I know he’d love these – I’m going to bookmark it and give it a go! Thanks so much for joining us again at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Emma
      August 18, 2016 / 8:12 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  5. August 19, 2016 / 3:57 am

    What fun cookies! These would be great for a party, they look like a lot of fun to make as well 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Emma
      August 19, 2016 / 1:23 pm

      They were really fun to do 🙂

  6. Ami MyMummySpam
    August 19, 2016 / 12:44 pm

    These look brilliant!! Although whenever we try to do things like this my little pickle just ends up eating the biscuits rather than decorating!! 🙂

    • Emma
      August 19, 2016 / 1:22 pm

      Haha, yep that might be a problem! x

    • Emma
      August 19, 2016 / 8:54 pm

      Thank you 🙂 x

  7. August 19, 2016 / 7:53 pm

    Oh these look brilliant, how cute! I think my youngest would force me to use white chocolate instead of sugar paste though as he LOVES white chocolate. Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

    • Emma
      August 19, 2016 / 8:51 pm

      Mmm white chocolate sounds good! x

  8. August 20, 2016 / 8:02 pm

    These look great! We just had a ballerina and pirate party for the girls birthday and these would have been perfect. I am going to bookmark this as Alice loves to bake and she would love them. I just saw Stevie’s comment above and I am liking the idea of white chocolate, its my favourite. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove Laura x

    • Emma
      August 21, 2016 / 10:07 am

      Ah yes these would have been perfect! I think we’ll have a join pirate/princess party for the kids next year (both birthdays are in March) so I’ll definitely have to make some of these for that x

    • Emma
      August 21, 2016 / 8:23 pm

      They were a lot of fun to make 🙂