I know it’s not my place to criticize people on the internet – that’s a job for literally the rest of the internet. However, I can’t quite understand the sheer amount of Empire Cookies, from the Pixar movie Brave, that look absolutely nothing like they do in the movie. Based on my extremely detailed research (watching the movie), Empire Biscuits look more like little mini cakes then actual cookies.
There are lots of examples of websites that recreate the cookies. And while they are certainly beautiful looking, they aren’t even close to the cookies the triplet brothers eat in the movie. Plus, for once, making the recreated recipe is actually easier than the “insta-worthy” one and if there’s anything I like doing it’s taking the easy, lazy way out of things. Here we go!
- 2-3 cups flour (depending on how sticky the batter is)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 3 eggs
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons whole milk
- Glacé cherries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine four, baking powder and salt and set aside. In a stand mixer, cream together softened butter and sugar. Next add milk, followed by one egg at a time, and then vanilla extract. Slowly add in flour mixture until well combined. Drop cookie dough onto a baking sheet and bake 7-9 minutes. Let cookies full cool before icing.
Combine confectioners sugar with milk and mix until a not too runny consistency is formed. You might need to experiment by adding more milk or icing sugar until the right consistency is achieved. Top iced cookies with glacé cherries.
These turned out great! Light and fluffy texture and not too sweet, but combined with the icing they were just right. Plus I didn’t have to deal with getting jam all over the place. I DID use this as an opportunity to practice my Scottish accent. Of course, that accent sounds exactly like Groundskeeper Willie, so how authentic it was is up for debate.
Cromulence: 9 Will O’ the Wisps out of 10
Empire Biscuits recipe from: Brave (2012)