How To Make Neko Atsume Cookies With Pictures
I have been absolutely addicted to the cutest cat game Neko Atsume for months now. Every day, I wake up and feed my cats. I save up my gold fish to be able to buy them the special treats that they deserve and finally, after months of game play I have collected all the cats! I have them all… Lady Meow Meow? Check. Ms Fortune? Check. Joe DeMeowGio? Check!
I have seen some posts about making Neko Atsume cookies out there on the internet, but honestly, considering the amount of followers this game has I am surprised that there were not more Neko Atsume baked goods out there.
Luckily, I have a trusty cookie and royal icing recipe that I use for everything. The best thing to do is to use a sugar cookie recipe that you like and you know. A no-spread recipe is best because you want nice clean edges. If you are lucky enough to be planning ahead (unlike me) you will want to invest in a cat face cookie cutter. I did not and cut everything out by hand using a paper template. This is important because the Neko Atusme cats have a more oval face (rather than round) and the ears sit off the side rather than the top of the head. I have seen some Neko Atsume cookies on the internet and the faces were just the wrong shape which I didn’t like.
1 cup softened butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp almond extract
1 tsp salt
3 cups plain flour
- Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add egg, salt and extracts. Mix well.
- Add flour 1 cup at a time. Mix until it has all been incorporated. Dough shouldn’t be greasy to the touch.
- Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness (in between to pieces of greaseproof paper) and chill in the fridge for at least an hour.
- Cut out your shapes and bake at 190°C for 7 minutes.
- Cool completely before icing.
There are many royal icing recipes out there and not all recipes are created equal. I have previously posted about my favourite recipe which is the one from Sweetopia. This time, I didn’t have all the ingredients and was feeling lazy. I made a very simple recipe using egg whites, icing sugar and some water.
1 egg white, 250g icing sugar and 1-2 tsp water.
Mix the icing sugar and the egg white. Add a tsp of water and mix thoroughly.
You will need to portion out the icing to colour for the Neko Atsume cookies. I had the following colours:
- white (flooding consistency)
- black (thicker consistency)
- light grey
- light brown
- dark orange/brown
Decorating Your Cookies
You want to have your templates near you so that you can see how you are decorating your cookies. Choose which cats you want to copy. I did Snowball, Spots, Sunny, Pumpkin, Marshmallow, Misty and, of course Tubbs.
Snowball seems to be one of the easier cats to decorate. She is plain white.
- Outline the cookie with black icing.
- Flood with white icing, make sure there are no bubbles. Shake gently to evenly spread the icing.
- Once it has set, use a toothpick or tool to do dots for the eyes and the nose. This sits quite high up on the face. If you visually divide the cookie into thirds, the eyes are in the top third and the nose sits close to the middle.
Marshmallow uses a light grey and white icing.
- Start by outlining the cookie in black icing (thicker than flood consistency).
- Use the light grey to do Marshmallows markings. The grey nose is circular and only sits on the bottom third. Fill the ears with the grey as well.
- Use the white icing to flood the remaining cookie. Shake gently to fill any gaps and make sure there are no bubbles.
- Use the same dimensions for the eyes as you did for Snowball.
Tubbs has a unique shape, I printed out his picture from online and used that as a template for cutting out my Tubbs shaped cookie.
For Tubbs, I flooded his body with white icing first and then, once that had set outlined it with the black icing. I think this worked better because it allowed me to outline some of the details such as the hands and creases on his body.