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Captain America Shortbread

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These cookies are based off the shield of the one and only CAPTAIN AMERICA!   I made these once before for a party, and they were a big success.  Bear in mind that these do take a while to make, but i think they are worth the wait.
 
 
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Step 1: Ingredients

What you will need:

2 1/2 cups flour (all-purpose)
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1/2 cup sugar (or more if you're feeling sweet)
a couple drops flavoring--I use almond and vanilla extract, but you can use whatever you like
red and blue food coloring

various circle cookie cutters (if you don't have any you can use the top of cups or make stencils to cut around)
rolling pin

Step 2: Create the dough

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Mix together all of the ingredients together except for the food coloring.    After mixing, divide the dough into three separate bowls for the three colors used.  You'll want the pure color to have to have the most dough, then the red, and lastly blue.  You don't need very much dough for blue, but be sure to make enough!  In the pictures you can see how I divided up the dough.  In the end, I had lots of extra blue.

Now might be a good time to preheat your oven, see step 7 for instructions.

Step 3: Create your cookies

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Roll out the pure colored dough with your rolling pin onto some wax paper or your counter.  Use your cookie cutter (or cup) to cut out a circle.  This circle will be the base of your cookie, so be sure to choose a suitable size.  I put these cookies directly on the cookie sheet.

Step 4: Add the outer ring

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Roll out your red dough.  You could use the same cookie cutter used in the last step for the first cut, then use a smaller one inside of it (the first picture).  Alternatively, you could cut a long narrow strip of red with a knife and bend it around the cookie.  The second method is certainly easier and faster, but it does not look as good.  Add the outer ring to your cookies on the pan.
Oh, I love this! I would love to eat Captain America's shield!!!
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