These Captain America Cookies can be made two different ways, but their super easy either way! Whip them up just in time for your Avengers marathon!
Can you believe it’s been three years since The Avengers came out? Luckily we’ve had some awesome solo films to tie us over and something tells me Age of Ultron will be well worth the wait!
My husband and I are HUGE geeks, that’s probably why Maggie and I get along so well. Us geeky girls got to stick together! Anyways, I became obsessed with superheroes after my uncle took me to the midnight showing of X-Men back in 2000. Sure, Hugh Jackman had a lot to do with that, but I fell in love with the stories, the powers, and the characters. And I may or may not have dreamed about waking up one day to discover I had some really cool super power like Jean Grey.
I love my X-Men, and I’m super excited for Magneto’s twin Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch to make their grand appearance in Age of Ultron. Though I LOVED Evan Peter’s Quicksilver in Days of Future Past, I’m excited to see what Aaron Taylor-Johnson has to bring to the table, he is pretty “Kick-Ass” after all. <—I crack myself up!
Anyways, there’s one other superhero that holds a place in my heart even more than Wolverine and the X-Men, and that would be Cap. I don’t know if it’s because he’s from a period of time that has always intrigued me, or because he reminds me the most of my husband, or because he’s just so damn honorable. Whatever it is, I love him!
So in his honor, I made some cookies. However, he’d probably frown upon the fact that I totally cheated when I made them for my Avenger’s Age of Ultron party last week. But for the sake of sanity, sometimes you’ve got to cut a few corners. However, I’m still going to share both the recipes for my classic sugar cookies and whipped frosting so you can make them from scratch right at home as well as how to cheat like I did.
So you want to know how I cheated? Store bought sugar cookies as the base, but you can also use my Grandmother’s recipe below. Did you know that you can often order frosting from your local grocery store bakery? It’s especially helpful when you need really bold colors, like red, and don’t want to buy a gallon of food coloring to make sure it doesn’t turn out pink! Plus you can get that awesome Best Creme Frosting that everyone loves! Oh and did I mention it’s usually super cheap too! Just frost them as described in the instructions below and enjoy!
- 1 cup Shortening
- 1 cup Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 2¾ cups Flour
- ¾ tsp Salt
- ½ tsp Baking Powder
- ½ tsp Baking Soda
- 2 cups Heavy Cream
- 1/3 cup Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix dry
- 1/2 cup Confectioners' Sugar
- Red Food Coloring
- Blue Gel
- White Fondant and small star cookie cutter
- In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together shortening and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs and vanilla and beat until well blended and smooth.
- Sift together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda and slowly add to creamed mixture.
- Mix well.
- Chill dough for at least 3 hours.
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- Roll dough to ⅛ to ¼ inch thickness on a lightly floured board.
- Flour 3 in round cookie cutter and cut cookies, rolling out the dough over and over until gone.
- Place cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.
- Let cool completely before frosting.
- Combine heavy cream, pudding mix, and confectioners' sugar in a large bowl or stand mixer and beat on high until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
- Divide frosting by place a little less than half in a bowl and setting aside.
- Add red food coloring to the remaining frosting and beat gently until evenly combined.
- Add red and white frosting to separate piping bags fitted with large round tips.
- Roll out a small portion of fondant and cut out little stars and set aside.
- Pipe a ring of red frosting around the outer edge of the cookies, then pipe a ring of white frosting, then fill in the middle with blue gel and top with a small fondant star.