Captain Marvel is coming out next week, and I am super excited! I admit I am not as well versed with Carol Danvers’s story as I’d like to be. I love what I’ve read about her so far, though. A bi feminist and former fighter pilot with the ability to fly at six times the speed of sound and control stellar energies while rivaling the Hulk in super strength? AND she’s a journalist, a sci-fi writer, AND a cat lover?! Woman after my own heart!
So that’s why I decided to get hyped up for the new film by making a batch of cookies inspired by Captain Marvel.
Click here to jump to the recipe for Captain Marvel’s Warhead Cookies.
A Taste of the ’90s
My idea for this recipe was that I needed something visually dynamic while retaining flavors that were fitting to Carol Danvers and her story. For weeks I scoured the internet for her favorite food or food listed in the comics. Finding nothing, I then thought of the setting of the upcoming film. The film’s trailer opens with a Blockbuster sign — one of the biggest icons from 90’s pop culture. From what I could tell, this movie is going to be ’90s-tastic.
“So what foods are iconic to the 90’s?” I asked myself. A Google search brought flashbacks of commercials and Saturday morning cartoons from my childhood. Dunk-a-roos, Lunchables, Bagel Bites — all preservative and sodium-laden snacks with catchy theme songs and animated mascots to lure in unsuspecting millennial children. When I saw Warheads on the list, I knew I found my recipe’s MacGuffin.
I remembered Warheads. Though still around today, they were most popular during the ’90s. These fruit flavored, malic acid-coated candies were all the rage when I was a kid, mostly when competing over who could eat the most in one sitting. My friends even used to show off their tongue burns like battle scars. We were so cool back then…
Captain Marvel’s Warhead Cookies
So with that in mind, I sought to make a Captain Marvel-style star-shaped cookies that tasted like these explosively sour retro candies. To do this, I combined a white cake mix with another ’90s favorite: blue raspberry Kool-Aid. Oh yeah!
I’m not gonna lie. This blend is softer and stickier than a standard butter cookie recipe. Make sure to flour both sides of the dough before rolling and cutting. Otherwise, your batter will stick to the rolling pin. As for the shape, look up “Bethlehem star cookie cutter” on Amazon (or click here) to make sure your baked goods accurately resemble Captain Marvel’s iconic emblem.
I then combined vanilla frosting with lemonade mix to add another sour punch to these cookies before topping them with crushed lemon drops. I would have used real Warheads, but their loss in popularity renders them hard to find in the grocery stores where I live. Lemon drops, unlike Necco Wafers, will never go out of style.
So there it is. A cosmically tart cookie that reminds you of Carol Danvers and tastes like the ’90s. Bake up a batch before fighting evil and the patriarchy. Not even a barrel of Rotten Tomatoes can stop you!
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Carol's Cosmic Cookies
Equipment: Stand mixer with paddle attachment, rolling pin, Bethlehem star cookie cutter, oven, baking sheets, parchment paper, cooling racks, spatula.
- 15.25 oz. box of white cake mix
- 1 egg
- 2 packages (0.22 oz. each) of blue raspberry unsweetened drink mix
- 1/2 teaspoon of lemon extract
- 1/3 cup vegetable shortening
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 8 grams lemonade drink mix (2 single packets)
- 1 cup vanilla frosting
- 1 cup crushed lemon drops
- Add the cake mix, egg, blue raspberry drink mix, lemon extract, vegetable shortening, and butter to the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on low until it forms a uniformly blue dough. Wrap the dough in plastic dough and chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Divide the dough into eight portions. Place a portion on a lightly floured surface, dust the top with flour, then roll to a 1/4-inch thickness.
- Cut star cookies and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Repeat until you are out of dough.
- Bake the cookies for 6 and a half to 7 minutes and cool completely on a cooling rack before icing.
- Make the frosting by microwaving the vanilla frosting a dish for 20 seconds, then stirring in the lemonade mix with a spatula.
- Frost the cookies and top with crushed lemon drops before serving.