colored icing

Snowflake Lemon Ginger Sugar Cookies

Makes 2 dozen

Ingredients-Cookies
 1 stick organic butter, softened
198 g. organic sugar
1 tsp. organic vanilla extract
½ tsp. organic ginger
2 organic large eggs
1 organic large egg yolk
255 g. organic flour
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. sea salt

Ingredients-Flood Icing
75 g. organic egg whites (about 1-2 organic large egg whites)
263 g. organic powdered sugar
¾ tsp. organic lemon flavor
ColorKitchen Foods Green, Blue and Pink Dye Packets

Ingredients-Piping Icing
30 g. organic egg whites
150 g. organic powdered sugar

Extras
3 ½” round cookie cutter
rolling pin
extra flour for rolling out cookie dough
piping bags
decorating tips #4 and #2 (these numbers are Ateco brand)

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, add the butter, sugar, vanilla extract and ginger. Mix on low until all ingredients are combined. Add the eggs and egg yolk and mix just slightly.

In a separate bowl, add the flour, salt and baking powder and whisk together. Add the flour mixture into the butter mixture and mix on low until combined.

Flour a surface and start with a portion of the dough. Roll out to ¼" thick and cut out cookies with a 3 ½" circle cookie cutter. The one I used had little scallops on it, but you could use any round one you like.

On cookie sheets with parchment paper, place the cut out dough at least 1” apart. Bake for 10 minutes.

Once the cookies are cooled, start the flood icing first.

In a stand mixer with whisk attachment, (or you can also use a hand mixer) whisk egg whites until frothy. Slowly start adding the powdered sugar and continue to turn the speed up until it has reached high and all powdered sugar has been added. Whisk until everything is incorporated and it is shiny white.

Add the lemon flavor in and mix to combine.

Separate the icing into three different bowls. In the first bowl, add 1/8 tsp. of the blue dye. In the second bowl, add 1/8 tsp. blue and ¼ tsp. pink to make lavender. In the third bowl, add 1/8 tsp. green to make mint. Make sure to stir the colors in so they dissolve completely.

Put the icing in piping bags with decorating tip #4. You can do one at a time if you only have one #4 tip.

snowflake icing sugar cookies

Pipe a circle around the outside of the cookies. Let sit for 10-15 minutes, or until the icing has hardened.

Then, flood the icing in the middle of the cookie. Do this by putting a good amount of icing in the middle and then I use the back of a spoon to spread it out to the outer circle that you piped first. The outer circle helps hold the icing in.

Complete all the cookies with the three colors of icing using this method.

Allow the cookies to set at least 15 minutes or until they are hardened completely.

In the bowl of your stand mixer with whisk attachment, (or you can also use a hand mixer) whisk egg whites until frothy. Slowly start adding the powdered sugar and continue to turn the speed up until it has reached high and all powdered sugar has been added. Whisk until everything is incorporated and it is shiny white.

Put this icing in a piping bag with decorating tip #2. Pipe snowflakes onto the cookies any way you like! Allow to set before storing. Store in an airtight container.

- Recipe by Mimi's Cookie Bar

Shortbread Cookies with Candied Flowers and Herbs

candied flower shortbread cookie

Makes 16-18 cookies depending on size of cutters

Ingredients

Cookies
⅓ cup rice flour
1½ teaspoon kosher salt
2½ cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling dough
1 cup (2 sticks) plus 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into pieces, room temperature
¾ cup granulated sugar
candied flowers and/or herbs for decorating

Glaze
3 large egg whites
4 cups powdered sugar
½ teaspoon cream of tartar
ColorKitchen color packets
a couple drops of glycerin or water for mixing colors

Directions

candied flower shortbread cookie

Glaze
Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, stir egg whites, powdered sugar, and cream of tartar in a medium bowl until a thick paste forms with no dry spots. Ideally, glaze should sit at least 12 hours for sugar to fully hydrate (it can be covered and chilled up to 1 week), but it can be used as soon as cookies have cooled.

Bring to room temperature before using. In separate bowls mix ColorKitchen powders with a couple drops of glycerin or water to form a smooth paste. Starting slowly add glaze to colors. Stir and continue adding glaze until you have reached the desired intensity of color. Beet red will make a pink glaze, yellow with a bit of beet red makes an orange, and the bluish-green glaze was made by mixing blue with a little yellow.

Cover your bowls of colored glaze well with plastic to avoid them drying out until you are ready to start decorating. 

Shortbread
Whisk rice flour, salt, and 2½ cups all-purpose flour in a medium bowl. Using a stand mixer with the paddle on medium-high, beat butter and sugar until very pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Mix in dry ingredients on low until fully combined. Form into a flat disk and wrap in plastic and chill at least 2 hours, and up to 2 days.

Preheat oven to 350°. Roll out dough between 2 sheets of lightly floured parchment to ⅛” thick. Using large cutter, cut out 16 rounds, re-rolling scraps. Using small cutter, punch out centers. Bake on parchment-lined baking sheets until edges are golden, 12–14 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.

Decorating
Ice your cookies using the instructions in the link below. This method is called “flooding”. While the icing is still wet add your candied flowers in any design you like. Let them dry completely before storing them in a single layer in an air-tight container.

Excellent video showing how to ice cookies.        
How to make candied flowers.

- Recipe by chef Rose Archer