Cookies of Catan (or: Sweet Settlers)

I’m part of a small group of four that plays Settlers of Catan whenever we get together (we strive for a game every couple of months or so). Last time we convened, we noticed Pizza of Catan, which we thought was interesting, but lacked ambition. Likewise, this gingerbread version is beautiful, but we thought we could improve.

Bring on the candy

The goals were simple: make it beautiful, make it playable, and theoretically, it should be entirely edible.

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This is a correct Settlers of Catan board made out of candies. Each hex is a kind of cookie with colouring and decoration.

Water: sugar cookie base, tinted blue, with white icing to make the wash, and brown sugar beaches.

Forest: peanut butter cookie, with green icing to glue on the spearmint trees.

Desert: sugar cookie base, tinted yellow and pink, with caramelized brown sugar and chocolate “rocks”.

Wool: sugar cookie base, tinted green, with marshmallow sheep that had chocolate eyes.

Brick: chocolate chip cookie base, with scrap cookies layered, and chocolate “rocks”.

Wheat: lemonade cookie base, with light green icing, and a sugar dusting.

Ore: double-chocolate base, with large lumps of chocolate, and icing sugar snow.

Playing pieces were also edible, though the red and yellow cities were quite large. The robber was a yoghurt-covered pretzel, because of course. Standard game card were used, and the normal numbers were used, though copied onto paper to prevent them from getting ruined.

I did say the board was “theoretically” edible. We don’t plan on eating it, partly because it’s perfectly playable, and partly because the cookies have passed through far too many hands. Also, we don’t want to get diabetes instantly. Before you write to complain about how much food we wasted, note that nobody in their right mind eats this much bulk candy.

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