Ninja Gaiden throwing star cookies with chocolate cupcake holders.
The prologue of the NES Ninja Gaiden:
The wind howls as the two “Dueling” Ninjas glare at each other in the moonlight. Though these men seem like little more than shadows in the air, the moonlight reveals just for an instant, a glint of light that proves to be the end of the contest. Ken, head of the Hayabusa clan which has for generations been the guardian of the Dragon sword, is defeated. Ken’s son Ryu, after learning of his father’s defeat, finds a letter. In it Ryu is told that if his father does not return, he must take the secret Dragon sword and go to America. Ryu senses danger awaiting him in America. What will be the fate of Ninja Ryu!?
To answer that question, Ninja Ryu’s fate is running around in broad daylight (none of that sneaky ninja nonsense), making things explode with his sword, and getting hit by attacking eagles, which will cause more damage than a pointblank bazooka.
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup butter (two sticks)
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
If you’d like to create the cupcake holder for the cookie, you can bust out your favorite chocolate cupcake recipe. It was getting late, so I took the shortcut and used a box of cake mix.
1 box of chocolate cake mix
Soften up the butter and mix in the sugar. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract, blend for about two minutes. Mix in the flour and baking soda. Once everything is well blended, cover with saran wrap and pop in the fridge for about an hour.
Once the dough is cool enough for easy rolling, dust down some flour and roll out the dough to about 1/8″.
Use a circular and a four-point cookie cutter to cut out the shapes. A four-point cookie cutter may sound like it’s hard to find, but this time of year it should be fairly easy. Try poking around in the flower section of the cookie cutters, there should be a few flower cookie cutters with the needed shape.
While you’re cutting cookies, you’ll want to keep refreshing the flour when rolling the dough. The shape is a little delicate, and if the dough sticks, chances are the cookie will tear.
Bake for 6-8 minutes at 350F.
While the cookies are baking, put together the cupcake mix. Pop in the oven along with the cookies if you finish before the cookies are done.
Once the cookies are golden brown, pull from the oven and allow to cool.
Bust out the red frosting and begin to draw the red outlines of the throwing stars. I tried a couple of cookies with red gel instead of frosting, but I preferred the look of the frosting. Careful about holding the cookie while frosting – I sadly lost a cookie to due to squeezing the cookie spikes too hard and boom! Cookie bits everywhere!
By the time you’re done frosting a dozen cookies, the cupcakes should be done.
Pull the cupcakes from the oven and allow them to cool for a few minutes. Frost with chocolate frosting.
Poke a hole that’s a little off-center in a cupcake with a knife.
Add in the throwing star cookie by gently pushing an edge of the cookie into the cupcake. You don’t need to push the cookie so that the entire spike is in the cupcake, just about halfway down the spike is fine.
Add red gel or more red frosting around the base of the throwing star to complete the cupcake.