Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Poppy-Shaped Lemon Cookies

picture from marthastewart.com

Recipe from the May issue of Martha Stewart Living

  • Prep Time 50 minutes

  • Total Time 5 hours 20 minutes

  • Yield Makes about 18 (9 large and 9 small)

  • Ingredients

    • For the Cookies:

      • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
      • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
      • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
      • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest, plus 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
      • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
      • Salt
    • For Decorating the Cookies:

      • Royal Icing, plain and/or tinted
      • Poppy seeds, for sprinkling


    1. Make the cookies: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat butter, sugar, vanilla, and lemon zest and juice until combined. Beat in flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Wrap dough in plastic wrap, and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours.
    2. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface, and roll out to a scant 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out about 18 cookies using 2 sizes of flower cookie cutters (one 3-inch and one 3 3/4-inch; fancyflours.com).
      Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
    3. Bake until edges just start to brown, 14 to 18 minutes. Let cool completely.
    4. Decorate the cookies: Transfer each batch of tinted icing to a separate pastry bag fitted with a small round tip (you can use as many colors as desired). Pipe an outline of icing around the edges, then "flood" each cookie with more icing to cover. Immediately
      pipe a circle of small dots in the center of each cookie using a different-colored icing. Drag dots to outer edges using a toothpick to create thin lines. Repeat with remaining cookies and icing. Transfer cookies to parchment-lined baking sheets, and let dry completely,
      about 30 minutes.
    5. Once cookies are set, pipe a large dot in the center of each cookie using the same tinted icing as the small dots. Gently sprinkle poppy seeds around large dot. Let dry completely

    The current issue of Martha Stewart Living has several pages dedicated to the beautifully colored, brilliantly ruffled and foo-fooey poppy (Martha Stewart Living May issue pg. 127-133).  This is an in-depth article that even provides a few recipes for some sweet treats.  We decided to make the poppy-shaped lemon cookies for dessert.

    These lemon cookies are eye-catching, aren't they?  I've never made a lemon cookie before so this was a first for us.  The pretty, colorful icing just screams spring!  Life happens, and occasionally things don't go as planned.  All too often I've become an expert at the game called "change of plans".  Hopefully you will have better luck at making it to the decorating stage without devouring these cookies.  My children must secretly be studying at Hogwarts because they made these tasty treats disappear in no time at all!  I didn't even get a picture of the baked cookies once they emerged from the oven because they were "magically" gone by the time I re-entered the kitchen. Hmmmm....I wonder how that happened? 

     Photo Gallery

    Whisking the butter, sugar, vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice.  The lemon essence was emanating from the bowl and smelled so good! 
    Gabriel favors sweets over the substantial and the mixing bowl over the salad bowl. 
    The lemon cookie dough...smells great already!
    Sarah is helping to make the cookies too.
    Sarah loved rolling the pin back and forth...back and forth...back and...  Well, you get the idea.  She was having a great time up there.
    I didn't have the suggested small and large cutter.  I did have a similar cookie cutter that was about a half-inch larger than what was recommended.  It still turned out a delicious cookie, nonetheless.  The "make do with what you have" idea applies to all areas of life, kitchen included.  You might want to take a moment to remove the dough that sticks in between each petal to create a more uniform look, if you'd like. 
    Wait...where are the decorated cookies? As I said earlier, they disappeared on my countertop before they could even cool!  It's official, these cookies are kid approved.  A little disappointed at first, I realized that it was not about the end result, but more about how much the children were enjoying themselves.  They could care less about a perfectly iced cookie.  They just wanted to sit on the kitchen floor with the plate of cookies and enjoy the company of family. Thanks Martha for yet another amazing recipe!

    ~Just Dessert~

    1 comment:

    Carl said...

    I love watching the kids take part in this. Lemon cookies...yum.

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