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Ⓧ X-Men: First Cookies

Some of my friends and I have been obsessing over X-Men: First Class (trailer) and the absolute eye candy that it is in terms of action and hot lead actors. I have to confess that I have never seen any of the other X-Men films, but this one has won me over. Overall it was a very entertaining film, with the two leads James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender portraying the bromance friendship and chess-sex subsequent conflict between the young Charles Xavier (Professor X) and Erik Lensherr (Magneto) beautifully.

Anyway, a craving for cookies came in and I thought it would be appropriate to bake some Sex-Men X-Men: First Class-inspired snacks for the weekend. Here’s the result – Earl Grey Tea Cookies for Charles, and Coffee Helmet Cookies for Erik.

Reasons for the flavours – to be honest, not an exceptional amount of thought went into this. Charles Xavier just seems like a tea kind of guy (probably because he’s British… and, well, this interview), and Erik Lensherr just looks like a coffee kind of guy. In any case it wouldn’t be particularly healthy to mix in finely ground metals into cookies.

Charles – Earl Grey Cookies (makes about 20)

Ingredients

  • 120g plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 40g white (caster) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon finely ground Earl Grey tea leaves (about 3 Twinings tea bags)
  • 1 tablespoon water or milk

Method

  1. Microwave the tablespoonful of water in a small dish or bowl, and add the tea leaves to make a kind of concentrated tea. Do not filter out the tea leaves. Set aside.
  2. Stir the butter in a large bowl with an electric hand mixer on medium power until creamy.
  3. Add the white (caster) sugar and the concentrated tea in (1), mixing at low power.
  4. Sieve the flour into a separate bowl, and add it into (3) all at once. Use a spatula to blend with a cutting motion.
  5. Roll the mixture onto a baking sheet until it is about 0.5cm thick. Using a round cookie cutter of about 3~5cm in diameter, cut out the cookies, and use a spreading knife to carve an X onto the surface. To make sure that the X comes out clearly, wiggle the knife in the cookie a little to create a deep indent – but be careful not to chop through the cookie!
  6. Preheat the oven to 180°C and bake for 15~20 minutes. These cookies won’t expand, so there’s no need to create too wide a gap between cookies.

Erik – Coffee Helmet Cookies (makes about 20)

Ingredients

  • 120g plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 40g brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  • 1 tablespoon water or milk

Method

  1. In a small dish or bowl, mix the instant coffee with the water or milk to make a kind of concentrated coffee. Set aside. (If the instant coffee does not dissolve completely, you can microwave it a little.)
  2. Stir the butter in a large bowl with an electric hand mixer on medium power until creamy.
  3. Add the brown sugar and the concentrated coffee in (1), mixing at low power.
  4. Sieve the flour into a separate bowl, and add it into (3) all at once. Use a spatula to blend with a cutting motion.
  5. Roll the mixture onto a baking sheet until it is about 0.5cm thick. Using a round cookie cutter of about 3~5cm in diameter, cut out the cookies, and use a spreading knife to carve an M into the side. Set the discarded part of the M to one side – these can be rolled onto the baking sheet again to make more cookies.
  6. Preheat the oven to 180°C and bake for 15~20 minutes. These cookies won’t expand, so there’s no need to create too wide a gap between cookies.

And that’s all! This is a very basic cookie recipe for a nice low-sugar, low-fat (but still tasty) cookie.

Notes:

  • Baking Tip: When you are making the Coffee Helmet Cookies, try not to roll the dough bits out too many times. Excessive rolling and handling will make the cookies less tasty. Ideally, make all of your cookies in just 2 rolling sessions.
  • For Kids: Making these cookies for kids? Have a sweet tooth? You may want to increase the amount of sugar by about 10~20g, particularly for the coffee cookie.
  • Make it Richer: Again, this recipe is low-fat, so the amount of butter is less than normal. If you want something a little more rich, you may want to increase the amount of butter by about 10~50g. It may, however, be the case that a mixture with lots of butter is too sticky to roll onto a baking sheet and cut out. In this case, what you can do is the following:
    1. Wrap all of the dough in plastic (saran) wrap and leave in the fridge for 30 minutes. This hardens it slightly and makes it easier to handle.
    2. Empty the dough onto a piece of baking paper and quickly roll into a cylindrical shape. Do this quickly – otherwise, the dough will soften from the heat of your hands and become difficult to handle.
    3. Leave this in the freezer (that’s right, the freezer, not the fridge!) for an hour.
    4. Slice the dough with a knife to make round cookies, and then either draw on your Xs or cut out your Ms.
  • Healthy Tip: Alternatively, if you want to make the cookies even more healthy, or if you are vegan, use margarine instead of butter. Do keep in mind that this will be less rich, though!
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