Captain America's Stars-and-Stripes Shield Cookies
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.
- 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.|
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.