Stuff We Like: The Avengers Cookies
To celebrate the launch of “The Avengers” movie, in theaters May 4, Ricky Eisen, founder and president of Events and Celebrations by Between the Bread, one of Manhattan’s most renowned and prestigious catering companies, and Cookie Panache, an e-commerce website offering hand decorated cookie gifts, shares her tips on how to decorate superhero cookies:
Whip up a batch of your favorite sugar cookie recipe (if you don’t have one, we suggest searching AllRecipes.com) and use a cookie cutter to make character cookies. Cookie cutters come in all kinds of superhero shapes, including those of The Avengers. As an alternative, you can use any oval-shaped cookie cutter and fill in the details. Once your cookies are baked and cooled, you are ready to begin decorating.
You can make your own royal icing (see below) or use store-bought. Color with food coloring to achieve the various colors you want for decorating. We recommend green (for the Hulk), blue (Captain America), red (Iron Man and Thor), plus yellow, blue, black, white, and brown. Place each color in a separate piping bag.
Begin by outlining the cookie in your base color. (If you’re starting with The Hulk, for example, outline the entire shape in green — color in your outline with green icing and cover the entire cookie. You can even use a paintbrush to “paint” your cookie.) Give the base a few minutes to dry and choose your next color. For The Hulk’s hair, outline his hairline in black and proceed to fill in with black icing. You can continue to draw features in and watch your character come to life!
How to Make Your Own Royal Icing
3 egg whites, at room temperature (we prefer dehydrated egg whites, available at most supermarkets)
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
food coloring (optional)
Mix the first three ingredients with a little warm water until smooth. Add food coloring.
Now that you’ve got a few dozen superhero sweets ready to go, check out Eisen’s tips on how to throw a “The Avengers”-themed birthday party for kids!