Monday, July 21, 2014

Flower Power Cookies


Flower Power Shortbread Cookies | Cooking on the Front Burner



Whew, the weekend is over!  It was busy, busy as I mentioned a couple days ago I was helping a friend with her daughter's wedding at their house.  It was a beautiful affair - from the weather to the event.  Everything went off without a hitch!  In addition to being a wedding helper, I also made cookies.  What could be better for an outdoor wedding but a plate full of 'fresh flowers.'


These cookies are my shortbread recipe below but I made 3 different flavors by substituting either lime or orange  (noted below- the pink are also lime since I ran out of green sprinkles).  I also used royal frosting to make the center dot.  You can find this recipe by hopping over to see my friend Joan at My Cookie Clinic - she explains it better!  In fact, when I ran into a bit of trouble, I emailed her and got some great advice.

Lemon Shortbread Cookies

by Deb Attinella
Prep Time: 10 minutes plus chilling time
Cook Time: 10-12 minutes
Makes about 2 dozen

Ingredients
    Cookies
    • 2 cups flour
    • 1/4 cup cornstarch
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 2 sticks unsalted butter (soft)
    • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1 tablespoon lemon (or lime or orange) zest
    Frosting
    • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (or lime or orange)
    • colored sprinkling sugar if desired
    Instructions
    1. Combine the flour, cornstarch and salt in a medium sized bowl
    2. In a larger mixing bowl beat the butter and powdered sugar until it becomes light and fluffy. Next mix in the vanilla and zest.
    3. Take the dry ingredients and gradually add them to the butter mixture until it is well blended.
    4. Flatten into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap - - keep refrigerated for one hour.
    5. Preheat oven to 350
    6. On a lightly floured large cutting board roll the dough 1/4" thick. Use a cookie cutter (your choice), cut and place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. (about 1" apart)
    7. Bake until the bottoms are light brown which takes about 10-12 minutes and be sure to not overbake. Cool on cookie sheets for 5 minutes then place on wire rack to cool completely.
    8. To make frosting whisk the powdered sugar and lemon juice together, frost cookie and sprinkle with sugar if desired.
    9. Since I made a royal frosting dot, when it came time to use the frosting, I used a small paint brush to ice the cookie with then used colored sprinkles.  I did not stick to the center dot.
    Note: I was inspired to make this recipe from Barbara Bakes
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    I also had a helper for these - my friend Sue came over and we had quite the system for getting them done.  She painted the icing and I sprinkled - we had the 155 cookies done in no time!

    Flower Power Shortbread Cookies | Cooking on the Front Burner

    Flower Power Shortbread Cookies | Cooking on the Front Burner

    Pick a bunch today!

    Flower Power Shortbread Cookies | Cooking on the Front Burner #dessert

    Best wishes to the bride and groom!  I was glad to be part of your day!!





    9 comments:

    1. How cute. My daughter would love these!

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    2. You always make such beautiful cookies, Deb! How pretty these are, and I need to try this shortbread recipe. I've been really into the stuff lately! :)

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    3. So glad you had a great time at the wedding :) These cookies are gorgeous, Deb! Love the pretty colors - they're perfect for a summer wedding!

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    4. The cookies turned out beautiful, Deb....so nice of you to help out and I'm sure they were delicious!!

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    5. Those are awesome Deb!! I love the colors, so perfect for a wedding...or just to eat! ;)

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    6. These cookies are so beautiful, Deb! So glad everything went well! :)

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    7. What a beautiful batch of cookies! Perfect for a summer wedding!

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    8. Such pretty cookies! That's a big batch of cookies you made. I bet they appreciated the treats. Theresa @DearCreatives

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    9. What a great helper you are! I love these pretty flower power cookies! Thanks so much for sharing at my Creative Ways Link Party! Hope to see you again this week.
      Blessings,
      Nici

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