Tomorrow is Barrett’s 26th birthday, and we had a little gathering of some of his friends last night for dinner. Much of the menu was at his request, and I’ll be sharing recipes throughout the week. But we had to surprise him with a cookie shaped just for him … Batman! The cookie recipe itself is a recipe we use for cutouts at Christmas so it’s proven with us to be a winner. For the shape we went online and ordered a Batman cookie cutout that just happened to come with a 1 oz. bottle of black food coloring. So let’s talk first about the cookie recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup Extra fine sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter-cold and cut into small pieces
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  • Combine flour, sugar and salt. Using stand mixer on low speed, gradually add butter, one piece at a time beating until crumbly.
  • Add cream cheese and vanilla.
  • Beat mixture just until dough comes together in a ball. Shape dough into a disk. Wrap with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Using floured cookie cutters, cut your favorite shapes. In this recipe, I used a Batman shape.
  • Place cookies on a parchment covered baking sheet. Dough can be rolled again in order to use all the dough.
  • Bake 7-9 minutes. Cookies will be lightly browned. Remove to rack to cool completely.

Icing:

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp Meringue powder
  • 1 tsp Almond extract
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Yellow food coloring
  • Black food coloring 1 oz

Directions:

  • Slowly combine all ingredients with a stand mixer. Add the water while the mixer is running. Increase speed to medium and whip for 2 minutes
  • Separate 1 cup of frosting – add 4 drops of yellow food coloring and mix well. This will be used to outline the Batman cookie. Place yellow frosting in a frosting bottle and outline.
  • With the remaining white frosting, add the entire contents of black food coloring. Place frosting in a frosting bottle and fill in the bat cookie within the yellow outline.
  • Allow cookies to totally set up before serving.