Saturday, December 15, 2012

Fancy Delft Tile Cookies

 
These cookies may not make as much sense to non-archaeologists, but they are meant to look like broken delft tiles. I made them for a Christmas party at Ivor Noel Hume's house (he is a famous archaeologist). I presented them like they were in an artifact bag with coins and rusty nails (made with dark chocolate and cocoa powder). They were not only pretty but tasted really good. You could make these using any cookie cutter you like, and painting them with any kind of decoration. I just made square cookies, frosted them, and then broke them on purpose to look like shards.

 
This recipe is from Better Homes and Gardens "New Baking Book"
 
Painted sour cream-sugar cookies
 
(The dough will need to chill)
 
1/2 c. butter
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
dash of salt
1/2 c. sour cream
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. finely shredded lemon peel
2-1/2 c. flour
 
Meringue powder icing recipe: Beat together 2 Tbl. meringue powder and 1/2 c. water until combined. Beat in 2-3/4 c. powdered sugar. (this makes a good gingerbread house frosting). Food color for painting. (You could add some coloring to the icing as well.)
 
In a large mixing bowl, stir butter until smooth. Add sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well, beat/mix in sour cream, egg, vanilla and lemon peel. Beat in as much flour as you can. (This may be a good recipe to use a mixer, I use a wooden spoon).
 
Divide dough in half, cover and chill for 1 to 2 hours or until easy to handle/roll.
 
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
 
On a well floured surface, roll half of the dough at a time to 1/4 inch thick. Using cookie cutters, cut into desired shapes. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, about 1" apart.
 
Bake for 7 to 8 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are very slightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.
 
 
When cookies are cool, spread tops with meringue icing. Allow icing to dry completely. Using a small paintbrush, paint whatever designs you like onto the icing surface with food color. Let dry.

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