Thursday, March 4, 2010
St. Patrick's Day Cookies: Rainbows and Vintage Postcards
Nothing like a plate full of rainbows to brighten up any day! Ever since I spotted rainbow cookies on The Cookie Shop(Love this blog!) I have wanted to make them, and what better time to do it than March with St.Patrick's Day upon us!
We've been having some rain with a little sunshine thrown in and with that combination you can usually find a rainbow if you look hard enough!
With the leftover scraps of rainbow I made some lollipop cookies. I just squished it all together, rolled it into ropes and coiled them up. When they were still warm and soft from the oven I inserted the lollipop stick...so simple, but so sweet!
I have made "edible-image" cookies one other time; I put rubber ducky images on round sugar cookies for a baby shower(for my daughter, Sarah). I haven't really thought about doing it again until I came upon Bakerella's valentine cookies and then I knew I HAD to make some, SOON! So, I hunted on the internet for some vintage St.Patrick's Day images and found these FREE postcards! They're a little more vintage than I'd like (I was thinking 1950s-'60s), but they are pretty cute! I didn't go out and buy my own printer/edible ink set-up (That IS in the works!) like Bakerella did, but instead went to the local bakery and they printed them for me on their fondant sheets with the food color ink. Definitely more pricey than doing it with your own equipment, but I didn't want to wait.
NEXT TIME, I am going to make a more manicured cookie, with the size of the cookie matching the size of the image. (I already had these cookies baked in my freezer, so went with it.)
But still, I think they turned out pretty darn cute! Of course I had to sample one...Very soft and tasty! I just used my "No Fail Sugar Cookies" recipe and royal icing and put the image on the cookie when the icing was wet. When the icing dried I added the green trim following along the postcard's edge. The possibilities are endless!!! I can't wait for Easter!
Here's the recipe for the play dough(rainbow) cookies:
(This recipe describes the process for lollipops, but for rainbows you simply make ropes, and position them into a rainbow shape...I cut off ends to make the bottoms straighter)
Play Dough Cookies (allrecipes.com)
* 3/4 cup butter, softened
* 3 ounces cream cheese
* 1 cup white sugar
* 1 egg
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* assorted colors of paste food coloring
* 24 lollipop sticks (optional)
1. In the electric mixer, cream butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat until smooth.
2. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Stir till soft dough forms. Divide dough into fourths. Tint each with a different food color. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Working with half of each color, shape dough into 3/4 inch balls and for each cookie place 1 pink, 1 green, 1 blue and 1 orange (I used red, yellow, blue and green) ball together to make 1 large ball. Shape into a 12 inch long roll (like a snake), starting at one end, coil roll to make a 2 3/4 inch round cookie. Place cookies 3 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheet. Carefully insert lollipop sticks into bottoms of cookies.
4. Bake cookies for 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool and store in an airtight container.