Sunday, September 19, 2010
Army Man Cookies
These cookies are probably the furthest things from cute and pink that I have posted so far. Sometimes its hard not to only bake pretty things, I'm a girl its what I do. The thing about boys though is that not many of them share my love of pink, they like brown and green and playing with toys in the mud.
So when it came to making something for a good friends Birthday I decided on cookies based on the toys that most guys I know grew up with. Sugar cookies inspired by little plastic green and grey army men toys.
Happy Birthday Benny!
For the cookies
2 cups plain flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup (one stick) butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
To make the cookies: Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
Cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. On a low speed gradually add dry ingredients, mix until combined.
Flatten dough into a disk, wrap in clingwrap and refrigerate for at least an hour. Take dough out of the fridge and let soften till workable.
Place the dough between sheets of baking paper and roll out to around ½ to ¾ centimetre thick. Place sheet in the freezer until firm.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees c. Line trays with non stick paper.
Cut out the man cookies and place on lined trays about 3cms apart. (If the dough has softened a lot, chill again before baking to ensure the cookies keep there shape)
Bake cookies until just coloured around the edges, about 15-20 minutes. Let cool on baking trays.
For the Royal Icing
4 cups icing sugar
1/4 cup meringue powder
2-3 tablespoons water (as needed)
green, black and brown food colourings
To make the icing- add all the ingredients into a medium bowl, beat the ingredients about 7 minutes until smooth. If the icing is too thick add a little more water at a time. (Thin the icing as needed when flooding the cookies)
Using a fine piping tip, outline each of the cookies. Allow the outlines to set before flooding with icing.
To make the camouflage randomly dot the cookies with each of the colours. Using a toothpick spread out the colours and slightly swirl together. Allow the icing to set hard.
Eat them up.