Calling all mathematicians and cookie lovers– these pi cookies are ready celebrate Pi Day on March 14th! There may not be a better way to wish someone a Happy Pi Day than theses cookies shaped like the Greek letter, Pi.
What is Pi Day?
Pi Day Cookies give you a reason to celebrate Pi Day 2019. Not sure what Pi Day is but love to eat cookies? Read on! It is a day for mathematicians to get excited since March 14th can be written as 3/14. It’s also fair game for anyone who likes pies…or cookies in this case!
The Greek letter, Pi, is used to represent the ratio of a circle’s circumference (measurement around the circle) to its diameter (measurement across the circle)– and it is always 3.14. Want to learn more– check out www.piday.org.
I originally shared these pi cookies in the year of 2015 which was especially noteworthy since the next digits of Pi are also noted in that date: 3.1415 so 3/14/15. If you really wanted to get particular you could send up a cheer at 9:26 and 53 seconds since the first ten digits of Pi are 3.141592653 .
The cookies are just as good for this year’s national pi day. Who needs pie when you can have cookies?
My son’s math class had a Pi day celebration with pies and I sent in these cookies to add to the fun.
I also sent a few of these decorated sugar cookies to my friend who had recently earned tenure in her position as a math professor. (Yeah, so very happy for you!)
Math brains appreciate quirky occasions like Pi Day and everyone appreciates cookies so this is a win-win situation!
Pi Cookie Cutter:
So…it’s not likely that you have a Pi cookie cutter in your collection. I don’t either, although I may by this time next year. Math cookie cutters aren’t an every day item. Update: I do have a Pi Cookie Cutter now. I received it as a gift– hooray! Here are two options from Amazon: this comfort grip pi cookie cutter or this copper pi cookie cutter.
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Pi Cookie Template
You can easily make a template to create your own Pi shape cookie. Start with a square or rectangle cookie cutter. This helps you have consistency in shape and size, as well as a straight edge on top.
Use cardstock or cardboard to cut a shape of Pi that fits within your cookie cutter square. Then when you roll out your dough, cut it into squares first with the cookie cutter and use a sharp knife to cut away the small bit of extra dough around your Pi shape.
Remember that these are simply cookies and will be eaten in three or four quick bites– do not be hard on yourself as you try to create the world’s most perfect Pi shape. They are just cookies! Leave them plain or ice them with royal icing or a simple glaze of confectioners sugar mixed with milk.
Print a Pi Symbol Label!
Did you know that I have a FREE Printables library? I love sharing labels that you can download and print yourself.
This printable sheet of 12 labels offers the Greek letter Pi which would be fun for math class, note cards, and Pi Day celebrations.
Access is free to my email subscribers. Join the growing number of email subscribers by using the form below. You’ll love this label for Pi!
Are you on Pinterest? I am! Join me there and save this pin to your Cookie Board.
If you need a standard cut-out cookie recipe I often turn to Bridget Edward’s recipe found on her site Bake at 350. She has excellent step by step directions and if you prefer a cookbook in your kitchen rather than a website, her cookie cookbooks are a necessity for any cookie baker.
Would you like to know more about Pi Day?
Check out this Youtube video created by Raytheon.
Baking Supplies you may need:
- Meringue Powder for the Royal Icing
- Wilton Icing Colors
- Disposable Decorating Bags
- Icing tip collection
- Pastry and Cookie Gift Boxes with Window
Here are some Pi Day Dessert Ideas!
- Chocolate Pudding Pie
- Easy Pumpkin Pie (with a gluten free store bought crust)
- The Best Pies for Pi Day from Barbara Bakes
- Chocolate Velvet Pie with Meringue Crust from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Gluten Free Pear Pie
- Coconut and Chocolate Pie
- Easy Butterscotch Pudding Pie
- Cookies baked in the shape of the Greek letter, Pi
- Royal Icing, any color
- Icing piping bag
- Icing Piping Tip (optional)
- Bake sugar cookies in the shape of the Greek letter, Pi. This cookie cutter is perfect!
- Make royal icing in any color.
- Decorate the cookies then bag individually. Tie with ribbon or twine if desired.
If you don't have a Pi Shaped Cookie Cutter you can start with a rectangle cookie cutter then trace the shape of Pi with a paper template.
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Holly Baker started the food blog, A Baker’s House, in 2011. She is the writer, recipe creator, and photographer for the site. Holly loves to bake and shares recipes for gluten free food, canning recipes, as well as traditional desserts too. Her recipes and food photography have been highlighted by BuzzFeed, Reader’s Digest, and She Knows.