Thursday, 15 November 2012

Super hero party: Iron Man Biscuit Cookies

There are likely to be quite a few super hero party related posts soon, as for the past few weeks I've had my head down creating and baking for my Son's themed Birthday this Saturday.
Firstly here is a last minute idea of mine: Iron Man's hand biscuits (I'm British and just can't bring myself to call anything that isn't soft and chewy a 'cookie'). They are baked with coloured dough so they look effective without needing a rainbow of regal icing or a steady hand for royal icing flooding. Althou, if you want a quick version of these biscuits, simple make the red dough and then cut grey and white regal icing into circles to stick on afterwards. [Read more, for the receipe]

IRON MAN COOKIES (makes 30ish)
3/4 cups 175g unsalted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups flour
Red and black food colouring

[You will also nmeed a hand shaped cutter (or perhaps make a template by drawing around your child's hand?) and two circle cutters that can easily nest within the hand shape]

Cream the sugar and butter together.

Add the egg and mix.

Add the salt and mix further.

Add the flour a little at a time.

Tip out into a floured surface and divide into two halves, roll into balls and divid one ball into a 1/3 and 2/3 sized balls. The 1/3 ball of dough will be the centeral circle and does not require food coloring, so wrap in cling film and place in the fridge.

Take the largest dough ball and apply red food coloring until happy with the red colour (if in doubt go brighter than you think as the red will fade with baking). Form into a ball wrap in cling film and refridgerate.

Take the remaining dough ball and add a enough black to make it grey (aim for dark grey as this will also fade). Wrap and place in the fridge.

Leave dough in fridge for at least 2 hours.

One ready preheat oven to 170°C (350°F). And grease and line your baking sheet.

Flour 3 areas and roll out each dough to approximately 7mm thickness.

Cut hand shapes from the red dough and place on the baking sheet, take the larger circle and cut a circle from the palm.

Next use the smallest cutter to cut a hole in the center of the grey circle and then cut a matching circle from the uncolored dough to plug the hole.

Gently pat down the hands to close any gaps (the dough will expand slightly to fill the gaps but best to be sure).

Bake in batches in the middle of the oven for 9-12 minutes - you are aiming for cooked but not starting turning brown (see above for pre and post oven)

Leave to cool and enjoy!


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