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My boys love all the Marvel superheroes, and they especially love Captain America! The latest Captain America movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, is now available on DVD. We are getting ready for our Captain America watch party, where we plan to eat superhero-inspired treats like this Captain America Shield Cookie Cake. I just love decorating treats with M&Ms®, don’t you?
It takes 3 things to make a Captain America Shield Cookie Cake, and you can find them all at Walmart:
1) Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
You can use your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, or cheat a little bit (like I did!) and use refrigerated cookie dough. Each cookie baked in a 9-inch round cake pan takes about 16 ounces of uncooked cookie dough. I like baking super-sized cookies in cake pans so they come out perfectly round, but you can bake it on a round pizza baking sheet just as easily.
2) M&Ms (just the Blue and Red ones)
I bought the Party Size bag of M&Ms and had my little helpers separate the colors for me. Sidenote: This is a fun preschooler sorting activity – just make sure they don’t eat the colors you need. You only need the Red and Blue M&Ms to make Captain America’s Shield. One 9-inch cake pan sized cookie used up all the Red M&Ms in the Party Size bag. It does not take as many Blue M&Ms to make the shield, so there are plenty of that color left over.
3) White Cake Frosting
Here’s another way I saved time: I used a can of white frosting instead of making it myself. Of course, you can use your favorite white frosting recipe if you want.
1. Press cookie dough into a round shape (or cake pan) and bake as directed (in your recipe or on the refrigerated dough package) until a toothpick in the center of your cookie cake comes out clean. It took my cookie about 16 minutes in a 350 degree oven to fully bake.
2. Allow the cookie to cool completely. If you bake in a cake pan, leave it in the cake pan. It looks like a cool metal shield that way!
3. Once the cookie is cooled, spread a thick layer of white icing to completely cover the top of the cookie.
4. Now for the fun part: Decorating Captain America’s Shield with M&Ms! I used a star-shaped cookie cutter to give me a general outline of the star in the center of the cookie. But if you don’t have one, don’t worry. Just start placing blue M&Ms in a star shape and if you need to pull them out and start over – no big deal.
TIP: It’s helpful to look at a picture of Captain America’s shield as a guide for placing M&Ms on your cookie cake.
Next for the Red M&Ms. Place them in a circle pattern that hits the 5 points of your Blue M&Ms star. Then fill in the spaces with Blue M&Ms where needed. I made a second circle of Red M&Ms around the first circle of Red M&Ms, then skipped a couple of inches to the outside for the final two rings of Red M&Ms.
Enjoy your Captain America Shield Cookie Cake! Serve by cutting the cookie into triangle-shaped slices (the same way you’d slice a cake).