Wednesday, March 21, 2012

{ Cookies for Katniss }





So, imma nerd.

If you've been reading this blog for any amount of time, you'll realize this.

I'm totally about to geek out over the upcoming Hunger Games movie.

photo from The Hunger Games Wiki 

I held off on reading the books for so long because of the subject matter. Kids killing kids?
Yeah, not my cuppa.

But it was.

It is totally disturbing, but it's also awesome.

And that trailer? Amazing on a plate? YES.

Katniss is from District 12, the poorest of the 12 Districts. 

Katniss photo from The Hunger Games Wiki 


She's from The Seam, which is like the poor area of the poor.

She hunts for most of their food, but still the pickins' are slim.

After the Reaping, Katniss has visitors come and see her before she is shipped off to The Capitol.
One of the visitors is Mr. Mellark. Mr. Mellark owns a bakery in the town square. His son, Peeta,
Peeta photo from The Hunger Games Wiki 
is the other Tribute from District 12. Mr. Mellark comes in & wishes Katniss luck, says he'll keep an eye on her little sister, Prim, and hands her a white package full of cookies.

Katniss has never eaten cookies in her life. She's taken aback by the gesture, but, in true Katniss fashion, throws the cookies out the train window.

Knowing what she was about to go through, she was wary of a kind Peeta. Well, she's wary of everyone. And wouldn't you be too if everyone's goal was to kill you? Yeah.

While Peeta didn't grow up really wanting for much, he didn't have the best childhood. His mother, was anything but kind, and he worked hard in the bakery every day. However, he was considered upper class in the District.

While only the upper class of District 12 would be able to purchase cookies at all, I still imagine that they would be made of basic ingredients. The "rich" of District 12 are anything but rich. No fancy schmancy expensive chocolates or high shelf ingredients.  I didn't want this to be a truly oatmeal cookie though either. I imagine that the wheat flour (which you may easily substitute for all white flour if you wish) and the oats are inexpensive fillers, since white flour costs more. 

Whole wheat flour, oats, white flour, eggs, vanilla, soda, sugars, salt, and butter.

That's it.

Nutty, buttery, and oaty.

Still yummy, but rustic.

This is what I imagine Mr. Mellark gave Katniss.

Cookies for Katniss
by Tina @ Sugar Bean Bakers

1 stick butter (1/2 cup), melted
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup wheat flour
1/2 cup oats
1 cup white flour

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F

Beat the sugars into the melted butter, add in the eggs, salt, soda, and vanilla. When well blended, pour in the flour & oats a little at a time.

I used my large Pampered Chef cookie scoop, this makes about 3 inch cookies. I got 18 from this recipe.

I recommend using parchment, but otherwise, grease your cookie sheets.

Bake for about 13 minutes or until edges are slightly browned. 

Allow to cool a few minutes, then move to a cooling rack.


I almost didn't post this, because I've seen a couple other bloggers post Mr. Mellark's cookies,
but I'd put so much thought into what they should be (in my imagination), that I went ahead and
made these up.

I made my own Mellark Bakery bag as well. 




Should you like to use it, I've linked it here.




Right click>Save as 
for the full resolution file.
The file is only 203KB

Fold in on the dotted lines, then fold them in once more, fold in half, and you'll have a bag.
Tape the sides with scotch tape.

I started to use staples, then wondered if they'd have staples in District 12.
Then I wondered if they'd have scotch tape in District 12.
Well, that's just silliness. How could you go with out scotch tape, apocalypse or not.




I cannot wait for this movie on Friday!

And very looking forward to the production of Catching Fire & Mockingjay.

Wanna read the books? Check them out here:

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins



And may the odds be ever in your favor.


8 comments:

  1. Oh, Tina. The comment about the scotch tape and the apocalypse totally cracked me up! Sooooo funny! :D You're amazing, you know that? I'd never really thought much about those cookies, but now I surely am!

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  2. Hi Tina! I didn't want to read the Hunger Games books at first either. My daughter read them and insisted that I would like them. She was right! I can't wait for Friday! I think I will bake these cookies to celebrate!

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  3. OH my gosh, I hear about these books for a while, then the movie coming out had me interested. now I so want to see, it, but will wait a few weeks for it to die down so we can have a date night!

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  4. I am as we speak in theatre waiting for the movie...and I showed your post to my niece and we are sooo making these cookies! I love that you make very creative labels and crafts for your baked goods :) thanks for posting awesome stuff

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  5. YUM! :) We just saw The Hunger Games last night and LOVED it!! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

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  6. These look so yummy! Printed the recipe out and looking forward to making them.

    Following your blog from Michelle's link over at 'Sweet Treats & Inspiration' :)

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  7. Thanks for linking up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We love having you and hope you'll be back next week! -The Sisters

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  8. I just came across your blog via your link on OurBestBites. Love it! Your writing is clever and entertaining and the recipes/photos are mouthwatering. I loved this post too... Just read all 3 Hunger Games books last month and saw the movie this past Sunday...I'm hooked!

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