Saturday, June 20, 2015

Necktie Shortbread Icing Cookies

Neckties are soooooo cute in cookie form, even if it is not for your Dad :)

You can even do girl colours for the icing or even do a Hogwarts House colours for Harry Potter Fans.

Same techniques can be applied on decorating a sugar cookie, we just decided to use a shortbread recipe this time.

Enjoy you cookies with your loved one on this happy occasion.

Decorated Shortbread Cookies
Yields a dozen 3-inch cookie

125g Cake flour
75g Butter, soften
40g Sugar
½ Egg, Lightly beaten
1tsp Lemon juice
1tsp Vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

Royal Icing:
1 tsp Meringue powder
1 tbsp Warm water
¼ tsp Lemon juice
90g Icing sugar, sifted
Additional water
Food colouring

1. Cream soften butter and sugar together until light and fluffy
2. Fold in flour to the mixture, forming a sandy dough
3. Add egg yolk, lemon juice, vanilla extract and salt, mix until well combined
4. Flatten the dough, wrap in parchment paper and refrigerate for 30 minutes
5. Remove the dough and roll it to 5mm (1/8 inch) thick
6. Cut the cookies out with your cutters
7. Preheat oven to 160°C (325˚F)
8. Bake 15 minutes or until golden brown
9. Let it cool
10. Meanwhile, fully dissolve the meringue powder in warm water
11. In a large bowl, add icing sugar, meringue mixture and lemon.
12. Whip it with an electric mixer until very white, thick and all sugar dissolved
13. Separate into different bowls to colour your icing to your liking
14. Add water ½ tsp at a time to thin down the royal icing consistency, mostly into a ribbon stage for good flow
15. Fill the royal icing into parchment cones or piping bags
16. Pipe a border around the cookie and fill in the line
17. Use a toothpick to smooth out any holes, and wiggle the cookie to smoothen the top
18. Switch to another colour and pipe on your desired pattern
19. Let it dry for at least 8 hours preferably overnight before packaging to prevent ruining the icing

I. You can heat set the royal icing to prevent it from sinking
II. You can use raw pasteurized egg whites if you could find meringue powder, just substitute it for: 1 egg white = 2 tsp Meringue powder + 2 tbsp Water
III. You can add any flavor to the royal icing with a little oils or extracts

Links to Supplies:
Tie Cookie Cutter

Hope you guys enjoy this weeks [How To's]

See  you next week :)


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