Well it’s a beautiful day here, with a high of 80 degrees and sunny. I went to the farmer’s market this morning and I’m pretty sure I got a sunburn sitting outside. But, sometimes the first sunburn of the year isn’t so bad because it’s just nice to know that the weather is nice enough to actually get a sunburn.
In addition, Monday is St. Patty’s Day! I’m not much of a beer drinker, and am more Scandinavian Lutheran than Irish Catholic, but, nevertheless, I relish the opportunity to bake holiday themed treats. I used a basic sugar cookie and icing recipe which can be suited to any holiday depending on the shape of your cookie cutter and the type of food coloring you have.
350 degrees F
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
10 tbsp butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla
sugar for dusting (optional)
Soften the butter in the microwave and then add each of the other ingredients. Mix well using a beater (or your hands, which is what I did). Flour a wax paper surface and a rolling pin to roll the dough out to the desired thickness. My clover cookie cutter was pretty huge, so I only got 12 cookies, but you’ll get more/less depending on the thickness of the dough and the size of the cookie cutter. Carefully place each cookie on a greased cookie sheet and bake 5-8 minutes (again, depending on how thick the cookies are).
4 cups powdered sugar
2 tbsp meringue powder
6 tbsp water (more or less depending on how thick you want the icing).
food coloring (I used about 4 drops of green)
Once the cookies are somewhat cool, you can ice them with the Royal Icing. Let the cookies sit out for a while to let the icing harden before stacking them on one another. I also added some green sprinkles.