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
For Decorating the Cookies:
- Royal Icing, plain and/or tinted
- Poppy seeds, for sprinkling
- 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.
- 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.
- Bake until edges just start to brown, 14 to 18 minutes. Let cool completely.
- 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.
- 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?