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When my daughter was little and my husband and I would try to get her to watch a movie about Superheroes she would tell us "Superhero movies are for boys!" and she would sit on the couch with her back turned to the tv. This went on for years and nothing we could say to her would change her mind... that is, until we told her she was going to have a baby brother. From that day on, she started watching them. She said that once her brother was born he was going to love them and she would have to get used to having them on all the time. Once she started watching them she grew to love them. I mean love them. She requests them now. She gets excited when she hears about a new one coming out. My daughter! The same girl who would plug her ears as soon as we turned one on. So, you can imagine her excitement once she heard about the new Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie that was going to be coming to DVD!
In our house we use any excuse to make themed food. I'm sure you've noticed that over the years! I love coming up with desserts, snacks and ideas to help up celebrate new movies that are coming out, so I took advantage of the fact that the new Captain America movie was going to be coming to DVD on September 9th!
We decided that we had to create something with Captain America's shield, because, well, it's just super cool. Can we all agree on that? I thought so.
The first step of creating our awesome Superhero dessert was to head to Walmart to pick up supplies. Plus, I hadn't done any grocery shopping and needed dinner ingredients, too!
Since my daughter is a complete M&M® freak we picked up a bag of mini M&M's to use on our Captain America shields! We also snagged a box of brownie mix and some white chocolate chips (for the shield coating!)
I just love the pretty color of the M&M's minis bag. Plus, little tiny M&M's are adorable.
I assigned my daughter the task of separating the red and blue M&M's from the bag. I told her that only a real superhero could perform such an important task... Doesn't she look thrilled? I'm pretty sure she's getting to the age where she can't be fooled...
Next we baked our box of brownies in a 9"x13" pan. I first lined the pan with aluminum foil so it would be easy to remove and get perfectly perfect round brownies. I didn't realize it at the time but I arranged them in a star shape. How cute am I?
The next step was to melt the white chocolate and cover the brownies! Using a fork to pull them out is the easiest way to keep dipping as mess-free as possible.
I placed them all on the only thing I had -- plastic wrap -- before decorating. If you have parchment paper or wax paper, that, of course is the preferred choice. But, my 16-month-old has discovered the drawer where I keep those items and likes to unroll them while running through the house. This is of course after he's removed his diaper and smashed raspberries into my couch.
The next step is the fun step! Use the red M&M's to create a circle around the edge of the brownie. Then, place a couple mini blue M&M's in the center and surround them with more mini red M&M's.
After you've put on your little white chocolate stars, you can sit back and admire the awesome little Captain America Shields you have just created! Eat them, watch Captain America: The Winter Soldier, then go to the Heroes Eat M&M's site to find more M&M recipes and while you're there you can find out what superhero YOU (and your kids) are! Apparently I'm the Hulk! Which is my husband's favorite superhero... so, I guess it makes sense! ;) Plus, if you've seen me while I'm making a batch of cake pops that keep cracking, you'd understand how fitting it really is...
Also, before you head to the store to pick up the movie, download this coupon and save $5 when you purchase 2 (15.4 ounces or larger) bags of M&M's and the Captain America: The Winter Soldier DVD at Walmart!
Have a SUPER day!
Captain America Brownie Shields:
- 1 box brownie mix
- Eggs *According to package directions
- Oil *According to package directions
- Water *According to package directions
- 12 ounce bag Mini M&M's ®
- 11 ounce bag White Chocolate Chips
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Bake brownies in a 9"x13" pan according to package directions. (I like to line my pan with foil and lightly spray it with nonstick spray for easy removal!) Remove brownies from pan and allow to cool.
While brownies are cooling, separate the red and blue mini M&M's from the package and set aside.
Once brownies have cooled, use a 3" round cookie cutter to cut out 8 brownies.
Microwave white chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl (in 30 second intervals) until melted. Place a brownie into the white chocolate, use a spoon to spoon chocolate over the top and a fork to remove them. Place brownies on parchment (or wax) paper. Repeat with remaining brownies.
Before brownies dry, use the red mini M&M's to create a circle around the edge of the brownie. Next, place a couple of blue mini M&M's in the center and use the red mini M&M's to form a circle around them.
Place about a couple of teaspoons of the remaining melted white chocolate in a ziplock bag, and cut a teeny tiny hole (I'm talkin' tiny!) in the tip. Pipe 8 little white stars on a small piece of parchment (or wax) paper and place into freezer to harden. Once hardened, attach star to center of brownie (the blue M&M's!)
Allow brownies to harden completely (you can stick them in the fridge for a couple of minutes!) and serve!