The Piranha Plants are the large, carnivorous plants encountered throughout the Mario series. Here’s how to turn these plants into a treat you can munch on!
Step 1: Assemble the Ingredients
Sugar cookie dough
12 chocolate cupcakes
Red, green, and brown food coloring
1/4 pound candy corn
1 tablespoon meringue powder
2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
Cookie cutter with a point bit (or a knife)
Sealable plastic bags
Leaf tip for frosting (optional)
Because the royal icing will take a couple of hours to set, I did the cookies one day and put everything together the next.
Step 2: Create the Cookies
First thing to do is start on the cookie top. You can use a tube of sugar cookie dough or your favorite sugar cookie recipe. If you're going with tube form, slice the cookie dough tube into 1/4″ slices. You can also roll out the dough so it's 1/4" thick and has a 2" diameter.
Take the cookie cutter – or a knife, but a cookie cutter is easier – and cut out a wedge from the cookie dough circle. I used a heart cookie cutter.
Flip the cookie dough over and use the wedge o' dough that you just cut out to reinforce the back of the cookie.
Repeat to create the rest of the cookies.
Bake for about 8-10 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Allow to cool.
Step 3: Create the Royal Icing
Add a few drops of the red food coloring into the royal icing and mix.
Step 4: Decorate the Cookies with Royal Icing
Pipe the outline of the plant and fill in.
Repeat for all cookies and allow to set. I'll take a few hours; if you have time to let them set overnight, that's even better.