These Captain America cookies are really easy to decorate, while looking great for any Marvel themed party or event. Made with a soft sugar cookie dough, they also taste great and aren’t rock solid.
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In this guide to making Captain America cookies, I’ll teach you how to decorate the cookies, give you some ideas for other Captain Ameria related decorations, and walk you through royal icing decorating tips.
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What You’ll Need
These cookies are made up of two components: the cut-out sugar cookie bases and the royal icing.
To make the sugar cookie bases, you’ll need: powdered sugar, granulated sugar, plain flour, vanilla extract, eggs, baking powder, butter, and salt.
For the royal icing, you’ll need: meringue powder, water, vanilla extract and powdered sugar.
As far as the tools go, you’ll want:
- circle cookie cutter
- baking tray
- silicone mat so the cookie doesn’t stick – this is the best kind
- piping bags for the royal icing – I use these
- gel food coloring for the more vibrant colors – this brand is awesome (always choose gel over liquid food coloring for icing)
How to Make the Dough
You can use any type of cut-out dough for these cookies.
In the photos, I’ve used a cut-out chocolate cookie dough, but the main recipe I recommend on my site for anyone who wants a vanilla version is this cut-out sugar cookie recipe.
The main things you need to make sure of are that you’re following the instructions in terms of chilling the dough, as this is a huge part of making sure that the cookies don’t spread in the oven.
You want the circles to have crisp and clean edges, not a blobby mess.
Royal Icing 101
Royal icing is what means you can decorate these cookies with precision.
It can be intimidating for newer bakers, but seriously – I started out my cookie making journey just using royal icing and it’s easy to get to terms with after practicing on a piece of baking paper a few times.
You’ll want to follow the royal icing recipe to learn about how to make the royal icing for this recipe, but you’ll want to use a “flood” consistency, like honey, for all of the rings, and then a thicker consistency, like a toothpaste (created simply by adding more powdered sugar to the icing) for the star.
This is because we want the star to hold its shape, while the other icing needs to settle and flood the base of the cookie for a smooth, flat surface.
Remember to pipe the icing out of the bag slowly and by holding it about an inch over the cookie – any closer and you actually lose control, despite feeling like you have more of it!
Step-by-Step Decoration Instructions
The amazing thing about Captain America cookies is that they are really, really simple to make.
You just need white, red, and blue icing in piping bags.
Start by outlining and filling in an outer circle of red icing.
Wait about 30 minutes, and then fill in an outer circle of white.
Wait 30 minutes and do another red circle.
Wait 30 minutes and then fill in the rest of the center with blue.
Give it a couple of hours to dry and set and then pipe a white star onto the blue circle.
Let dry for 8 to 12 hours and enjoy!
Tips and FAQs
How do I store Captain America cookies?
These cookies can be stored at room temperature, which is a huge bonus as you don’t have to use any room in your fridge or freezer.
Can I freeze these cookies?
Yes, you can freeze the bases of the cookies and the cookie dough, but I would advise against freezing the completed, decorated cookies.
You can ruin the decorations by freezing them, as royal icing can go a little weird depending on how you thaw it, so don’t take that chance and just make them when you’re ready!
How long will they last?
In an airtight container, these cookies will last for a good 3 weeks, but be at the their best in the first week after you make and decorate them.
Can I substitute ingredients?
I don’t recommend substitutions in these recipes.
Sure, if you don’t want to add vanilla in your royal icing and prefer a lemon flavor or something, that’s fine, but change any of the main components and you could end up with a dough or icing that really doesn’t work for what you need.
I recommend to look up a recipe that fits specifically to your diet if you have restrictions, and then follow my guide to decorating.
Related Recipes and Party Decorating Ideas
If you’re hosting a Captain America themed party, check out this Marvel cake.
They also make great Father’s Day cookies, which you could add to a tray of golf cookies and sailboat cookies.
- 24 circle cookies
- 1 batch of royal icing
- Bake the Captain America cookies using the sugar cut-out cookie recipe
- Make a batch of royal icing using the royal icing recipe
- Start by outlining and filling in an outer circle of red icing.
- Wait about 30 minutes, and then fill in an outer circle of white.
- Wait 30 minutes and do another red circle.
- Wait 30 minutes and then fill in the rest of the center with blue.
- Give it a couple of hours to dry and set and then pipe a white star onto the blue circle.
- Let dry for 8 to 12 hours and enjoy!
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