Tuesday, December 13, 2005
LIME LIGHTS COOKIES
1 cup butter softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp finely shredded lime peel
1/4 cup lime juice
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cup flour
1 recipe royal icing ( I used my usually cookie icing)
Green paste food coloring
( I iced the base green and the tops black. When icing was set, I brushed silver luste dust on tops and added a line of green icing coated with green sugar for a 'shining light')
1. I large bowl, beat butter with mixer on med to hi speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar; beat until combined. Beat in lime peel, lime juice, and vanilla. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with a mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill about 1 hour or until easy to handle.
2 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough 1/4 inch thick. Using a lightbulb-shaped cookie cutters, cut out dough. Place 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. poke holes in tops if planning on hanging cookies. Bake 8 to 10 minutes of until edges are lightly browned. Transfer cookies to wire rack; cool.
3 decorate as desired.
In small bowl, combine 3 cups powdered sugar, 1/3 cup warm water, 2 T meringue powder, 1 tsp vanilla, and 1/4 tsp cream of tartar. Beat with electric mixer on low speed until combined. Beat on high speed about 7 minutes or until spreading consistency.