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SDCC at Home – Friday

Can’t go to San Diego Comic Con this year?  Seeing all your friends and favorite celebrities post on social media about it?  We’ve teamed up with our friend across the pond, Kerry’s Nerdy Habitat, to do SDCC at Home.  You can find her essential guide here.  And for the duration of SDCC, we’re offering a sale in our Etsy store – use the code “SDCCatHome” and get 15% off!

Each day of SDCC, we’re going to do something different.  Today, we’re sharing our most recent geek baking adventure – Unicorn Poop Cookies!

Rosanna Pansino of Nerdy Nummies always has fun geek-themed baking instructions, and this project was right within our ability range!  Check out her video below:

We used a cream cheese sugar cookie recipe, found here (in the About section).  We’ve also pasted the recipe at the end of this post



Here is the sugar cookie dough recipe I used:

The dough is very sticky and need to be VERY well chilled to work with properly

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
3 oz cream cheese softened
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 tsp almond extract (or vanilla extract or any other extract you want to try)
2 cups all purpose flour

Combine butter, shortening and cream cheese in a large bowl, beat together until smooth. Add sugar and salt. Beat until combined. Beat in egg and almond extract until combined and gradually add the flour beating until combined.

Form dough into a ball with your hands and then into a log shape, divide the log shape into six portions (or how ever many colours you want).
Place each portion of dough into individual bowls and tint the dough different colours.
Chill tinted dough in the refrigerator 1 hour or freezer 15-20 minutes.
Divide each tinted chilled dough ball into 8 equal pieces.
Take one piece of each colour dough ( LEAVE THE REST IN THE FRIDGE OR FREEZER WHILE YOU WORK) and roll out like a rope or snake on your counter-top. If you use a piece of waxed paper on the counter, you shouldn’t have to add any flour.
Roll the rope shape to about 6 inches long. Continue rolling all the colours and stacking them into a pile. Gently press the ropes together and roll the large multicoloured “rope” on the counter to round and smooth it and if desired to lengthen it to 10 to 12″.
Cut the multicoloured “rope” into two pieces, using both hands, roll with your palms in different directions on both end of the rope pieces to twist it gently.
Coil the rope into a “poop” shape, using your imagination as to what you think unicorn poop should look like 🙂
Press in some silver candy balls (dragee) into the dough pieces to decorate if desired. Place dough on greased cookie sheet (or one covered with parchment or silicone mat) and bake at 375F for 8-10 minutes until cookies are set and bottoms are light brown, they will not spread very much.
Cool on wire rack.
Coat with sparkle gel and/or disco dust to give them some sparkle and add some sprinkles to the still wet gel for more texture. Let cookies dry completely before stacking.

Makes approximately 16 cookies

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Because we need a little Geekmas…

The countdown is on!  Today and tomorrow is a frenzy of gift-buying, wrapping and baking.  And since it is the season, we found some great geek crafts to make your holidays just a little bit geekier –

Star Wars Snowflakes


The nice folks over at Matters of Grey have provided some free templates to make your very own Star Wars snowflakes.  These designs are a little more complicated than cutting out some triangles, but it’s a great addition to any geek winter house!





product-sg-teatagsGeek Holiday Tags

Over at GirlHero, we found these great geek holiday tags.  Just download, print out on cardstock and attach!  A great way to add that last-minute touch to your otherwise boring gifts!








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Nerdy Nummies

Nerdy Nummies is a great YouTube channel that shows you how to make fantastic treats of the geek and nerd variety!  These range in level of difficulty, but the videos are very enjoyable, even if you’re not talented in the kitchen.  One of our seasonal favorites is the 8-bit cocoa video, shown below:

Do you have a favorite geeky holiday tradition?  We want to know!

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Every year at the global headquarters of The Geek Forge, we throw a little party that is (after three years) starting to catch on with other geeks. It’s called Larfleezemas. We hold it in early December and here is everything you need to know to hold your own Larfleezemas party:

Larfleeze is a comic character that bears an orange power ring (just like Green Lantern) and is driven by the emotion of greed. It’s also a pretty funny guy.

There are Larfleeze cookies (you can find the recipe here), socializing, boardgames to be played, movies to be watched.

There are two rules:
1) Bring something to glut yourself on (and possibly for others to eat)
2) Buy a present for yourself (no matter how small) wrap it and give it to yourself at the party.

We decorate in orange, black, and white (we even have a little black Larfleezemas tree).

Let us expand on the true meaning of the holiday: GREED.
You do not have to share. You do not have to think about what you will get for someone else. You do not have to play stupid games where you buy a gift for someone by drawing a name from a hat. You do not have to bring food to share. The spirit of Larfleezemas is good, honest GREED.

The perfect Larfleezemas gift is something that you don’t even need — you just want it! And as everyone watches you open your gift, you’re expected to be annoyingly smug about it and we all promise to be insanely jealous.

Previous examples of great gifts were: leather driving gloves for a steering wheel that was already covered in leather, a new truck, a third kindle (how decadent), stock shares in a football team, and a house. Let the true spirit of Avarice fill you before you have to pretend that you really love that Lowes giftcard you got for Christmas.

Plan your Larfleezaemas Party today and plan to tell us about it after!

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Blue Milk Cupcakes

We found a fun recipe for Blue Milk Cupcakes and had to give it a try! Here’s the cupcake recipe:maythe4th_burst

3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter
1-3/4 cups sugar
3 eggs
2-1/4 cups cake flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
1 cup BLUE milk
1 Tablespoon vanilla
electric blue gel dye

Just get one cup of milk and add a few drops of electric blue gel dye. Gel dye is the best because you need very little. I can’t stand liquid dyes, they totally alter your cake. Gel dyes are better and pretty inexpensive. Once the blue get dye is added, stir up the milk and you will get an instant gorgeous blue. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prep a cupcake pan with liners. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Carefully add the eggs one at a time until incorporated, then add the vanilla. Alternate the dry ingredients with the Blue Milk until combined. You may need to add more gel dye to the batter for maximum blue-ness. Add a few drops as needed. Spoon the batter into prepped liners, 1/2 to 2/3 full. Bake 15-17 minutes depending on your oven. Let cool on a wire rack. Top with frosting.

We followed the recipe with two exceptions.  Instead of cake flour, we used this cake flour substitute method.  And instead of  Mascarpone frosting, we used our favorite cream cheese frosting that seems to make it’s way onto everything we bake! Here’s the cream cheese frosting recipe:


1 2/3 cups powdered sugar
12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Pinch kosher salt


Combine the cream cheese and butter on medium speed, just until blended, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the vanilla and salt and beat until combined. With the speed on low, add the powdered sugar in 4 batches, beating until smooth between each addition. Refrigerate for 5 to 10 minutes before using

We made the frosting while the cupcakes were baking, so once the cupcakes cooled, all that was left was to put the frosting on!