Captain America's Stars-and-Stripes Shield Cookies

Last week, The Cooking Virgin whipped up a tasty batch of frothy, alcoholic Butterbeer in celebration of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part Two. But the Potter endgame isn't the only geek-flick to hit the big screen this summer. Comic book fans are equally stoked for the release of Marvel's Captain America: The First Avenger, which opens in theaters this Friday.

So World War II's greatest hero wouldn't feel left out, we tracked down Hungry Rabbit's sweet recipe for patriotic, shield-shaped cookies and tweaked it, Virgin-style. The process was labor intensive, and the results... well, about as surprising as the moment when you find out that the Captain's big-time Nazi nemesis is actually an inhumanly strong dude with a mug to rival Darkman's.

How to make Captain America cookies, after the jump.   

​What You'll Need

  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 10 ounces softened butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon juice (optional)
  • 3 cups white flour
  • red and blue food coloring
  • white frosting (for star)

 The Virgin's DeStructions:

1. Place white flour in a large mixing bowl and add softened butter, egg and sugar. Stir until well-mixed. Ideally, you'd use a stand mixer here to form the dough. But if all you've got is a pitiful $12 Walmart hand mixer, you'll burn that thing out in minutes. So instead, I opted to burn my hand out by mixing the dough with a spoon. When that fails, screw the spoon and get your hands dirty kneading the dough.

Wash the red food coloring off quickly or people will start to wonder.
2. Add vanilla and lemon juice and knead, baby, knead, until a semi-stiff dough forms (or if you're smart, buy pre-mixed cookie dough in a package or box and start just with step #3.)

3.  Separate the dough into 4 equal sized dough balls. Place the first ball in your mixing bowl and add 10-12 drops of blue food coloring. Use your mixer, if available, or get dirty with the ghetto hand-kneading method and prepare to end up looking like an extra in Avatar. Knead the dough until the blue coloring is even.

4. Spread a sheet of plastic wrap on counter or cutting board and hand roll the ball into an elongated tube shape. Tip: If you have a bud vase or something similar, you can push the plastic-wrapped dough into the tube and chill to get the proper shape. Otherwise, it's a crapshoot.

5. Refrigerate blue dough for 1 hour.

6. In the meantime, combine 2 dough balls together and add 10-12 drops of red food coloring. Mix until color is saturated through (Note: If you knead the red dough by hand, don't fret when your hands appear bloody for three days and your kitchen could be mistaken for a crime scene. That's perfectly normal.)

7.  Place the big red dough ball on a sheet of plastic wrap and flatten uniformly with a rolling pin until about 1/4-inch thick. Cover with plastic wrap and chill. 

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Nadia Myres
Nadia Myres

what an awsome cookiee!! i just love son is having a birthday party,,and he loves captain america..ill bake this and im sure ..they will be a blast!! thanks soo much 

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