In the summer, we shared our Simple Pokemon Sugar Cookies and today I’m excited to bring you some totally awesome atomic sugar cookies, perfect for any scientist (or a science party)!
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My daughter and I recently hosted a kids’ science party for some friends featuring some simple science experiments and science-inspired treats, including these atom-inspired sugar cookies.
These cookies are super easy to make and can even be decorated during the party by guests. I love simple party foods that make a big impact and help carry the theme without sacrificing flavor – and these sugar cookies are melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
How to Make Atom Cookies
First, gather your ingredients:
- 3 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Black frosting
- White chocolate chips or M&Ms
For the buttercream frosting:
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2-3 cups icing sugar
- 1 Tablespoon cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Cream the butter and sugar together with a mixer for two minutes until light and fluffy.
Add in the eggs and vanilla until incorporated.
In a separate bowl, stir together the flour and baking powder and then slowly add it to the sugar-butter mixture.
Once all of the flour is incorporated into the dough, form the sugar cookie dough into a ball and cover with plastic wrap.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes before cutting into circles.
Bake on a lined baking sheet at 350F for 8-10 minutes until lightly golden.
Whip up the frosting up by combining the butter, 2 cups of powdered sugar, cream and vanilla.
Add more sugar or cream to achieve your desired consistency.
Use an offset spatula to apply a generous coating of the frosting onto the cookies.
Using your black gel frosting, make “orbit lines.” I prefer to do this once the buttercream frosting has set a bit to prevent the black dye from bleeding.
Strategically place the Mini M&Ms on your atom’s orbit lines to suggest electrons (a cluster of M&Ms in the center would be neutrons and protons). I had the kids do this as part of the party and with older kids you can try to get them to create accurate representations of real atoms (for example a carbon atom would have 6 electrons on the orbit lines, and a cluster of 6 protons and 6 neutrons in the center).
And there you have it! These atom sugar cookies make a cute addition to a science-themed lunch or any science-themed occasion and kept in a sealed container in the fridge they last up to a week.
Do you have a little scientist who would love these atom cookies?