Being a superhero or a comic character has major benefits. You have amazing powers, a secret identity, possibly a form fitting costume and in most cases you set your own bedtime. If we're playing by conventional comic rules you also have a tragic flaw, your Achilles heel, that rare object which saps you of all strength at the mercy of a spiteful nemesis. What is up with that? If we put things in perspective, readers need kryptonite as much as the world needs Superman. The guy is amazing, he can pretty much do anything, which is huge and important and is constantly getting mere mortals (especially the danger magnet Lois) out of tight situations on a regular basis. The guy is good at his job, I'd say too good at it. He should win every fight, but, imagine how boring it would be if he did. He needs a challenge, something which could be whipped out by any nemesis with access to radioactive fallout from the explosion of Super Man's home planet. Kryptonite makes the man of steel interesting, and while we weren't able to duplicate it in our secret lab, we were able to come up with a cookie for the Comic Feast which no one had the power to resist.
Like every mad scientist, we decided to SHARE OUR EVIL PLANS WITH THE WORLD, here's how you can make the same cookies at home:
- 6 egg whites
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- neon green food coloring
- assorted colors Pop Rocks
Using two bowls, and your amazing cullinary skills, carefully separate the egg whites from the yokes. Set the yokes aside for some other delicious dish like ice cream or quiche. The Rat Creatures in Bone, love quiche!
With the help of your grown-up minion, whip up the whites in a mixer, slowly adding the sugar and Cream of Tartar. Beat this up until you get fluffy clouds which hold a "stiff peak", try not to over beat, the cookies won't taste as good.
Stir in the food coloring, the more drops the better, you want these babies to glow like a sun going super-nova!
Dollup a heaping spoonful of the mix onto a cookie sheet that's been covered in foil and sprayed down with PAM. Sprinkle 1/2 bag of Pop Rocks on top leaving some in reserve for presentation. Put these in an oven at 200 F and cook for about 1 and 1/2 hours. Cookies should be crisp on the outside and sound hollow if you "thunk" the outside of them with a spoon. You can turn off the oven, leaving them inside with the door open to let them dry over night a bit longer if needed. Right before serving, brush the tops of the cookies with a little egg white mixed with water and sprinkle on remaining Pop Rocks. Serve instantly before they stop erupting- this should render your enemies speechless with delight and awed by your super cooking skills!