Alright, I’m not going to lie. As a teenage girl, I couldn’t help but succumb to the latest film craze sweeping our nations – The Hunger Games. Having thoroughly enjoyed the series; a tale of 24 children fighting to the death on a yearly basis, as punishment for the 12 districts who rebelled against the dictating ‘Capitol’ in a dystopian society – I stood in anticipation of the impending film release. Funnily enough, ‘The Hunger Games’ which would be more appropriately named ‘The Death Games’, seeing as the possibility of starvation is rarely mentioned; I stumbled upon this wonderful site – Fictional Food – where the blogger recreates the few foods that do appear in the novels.
Crystal, the blogger and owner of the site, has a particular recipe aptly named ‘Sweethearts’ – the endearing term an often drunk character gives to the main protagonist – which are really just good old sugar cookies. Following the recipe, which admittedly, I used a conversion table for, I spent quite a long time kneading the incredible amount of dough this mix produces (Please be warned: It does make a hell of a lot!) but it was worth it. The fun and creative part was the engraving of letters into the dough. Using a kit I found tucked away in the back of a cupboard, I cut each one out in a circular shape and then dubbed it with a word.After baking, the cookies came out gorgeous and golden, which the letters still sunk in. After sprinkling a little more sugar on – you can tell I really do have a sweet tooth – I iced a few that I had cut out in male and female shapes – to deem the leading lad and lady, Katniss and Peeta. These cookies are great for parties, as they make so many and will please any HG fan.
Makes: approx. 24 cookies
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 cups flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
- Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy.
- Add vanilla extract and egg and mix thoroughly.
- Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt together. Add to butter mixture slowly.
- Lightly flour a piece of parchment paper and roll the dough out. Dip the cookie cutter in flour to keep it from sticking and cut your cookies, using the leftover dough to roll again.
- Press names or messages into cookies.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees until done.
- Cool on rack and enjoy!