The Little Epicurean

Feb 06 2012

Lemon Honey Cookies

I hated Valentine’s Day during my emo teenage years.  I couldn’t understand why a boy like Chris Carrabba from Dashboard Confessional wasn’t outside my window serenading me with silly love songs on his acoustic guitar.  Thank goodness those days are long gone.

As you get older, you realize its just another day.  That is, until you meet someone that gives it meaning.  I’m very lucky to have two Valentines this year.  I guess it makes up for all my lonely teenage Valentine’s Days.  (More on the two boys in later posts.)

February 14 may be a commercial driven fabricated holiday, but its a day I still look forward it and enjoy celebrating.  Who cares if its all about chocolates, roses, hearts, and hard to get dinner reservations?  Its also a day when its okay to make a fool of yourself for the sake of love.  I’m all about that.  And more importantly, its an excuse to call in sick, watch sappy romantic comedies and bake these lovely lemon honey cookies!

Prepare three colors of royal icing; white, pink and hot pink.
Pipe white royal icing around the edges of each cookie to form the border.
Pipe white icing into the middle of the cookie, allowing it to run to the edges of the border.
While the white icing is still wet, pipe random sizes of dots and lines using the pink and hot pink icing.
Using a toothpick, quickly swirl the colors together until you get your desired look.
Let cookies dry completely.  This may take anywhere from 2 hours to overnight.
Thank you very much to Jesica from Pencil Kitchen and Abby from Seaweed & Sassafras for nominating me for the Liebster Blog Award!  I really appreciate the gesture.  With so many beautiful blogs out there, I am very thankful you frequent my blog.
“Liebster” is German for dearest, favorite, or beloved.  The Liebster Blog Award is sort of a chain letter  among bloggers meant to showcase exceptional up-and-coming bloggers with less than 200 followers.  It is a recognition that a fellow blogger has noticed and appreciated your work.
After accepting:
- Thank the Liebster Blog Award Presenter on your blog
- Link back to the blogger who nominated you
- Copy and paste the award on your blog
- Reveal 5 blogs of your choice
- Let them know by leaving a comment on their blog
The blogs I’m nominating are:
Yue Handicrafts- Yue makes beautiful cakes and I’m totally in drooling over her photography skills.
Crumbs and Cookies- 15 years old and cranking out delicious desserts.  Makes me wish I started baking and blogging earlier.
Le Man and Wife- I love their 365 project.  That takes a lot of commitment.
Will Cook for Friends- Take a look at her Red Velvet Crepe Cake.  I’m dying to be her friend.
Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes- Yummy looking vegan baking and cooking blog.

Honey Lemon Valentine’s Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 oz unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey powder
  • zest from 2 lemons
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • juice from 1 lemon, about 2 Tbsp
  • 3 Tbsp whole milk

Method
1. Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Set aside.

2.  In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter, sugar, honey powder, and lemon zest.  Add egg and combine.

3.  In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice and milk.  Set aside.

4.  Alternate adding flour mixture and milk mixture into the creamed butter.  Start and finish with the flour.  Mix until just combined.

5. Turn dough out into a lightly floured surface.  Divide dough into three disks.  Plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour, or overnight.

6.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line sheet trays with parchment paper.

7. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out to 1/4 inch thick.  Cut out desired shapes using a floured cutter.  Transfer cut outs to prepared sheet trays.

8.  Bake for 13-15 minutes until the edges are golden brown.  Let cool on sheet for a couple minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Royal Icing
makes about 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp meringue powder
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • lemon oil, vanilla extract or almond extract, if desired
  • Pastel pink and electric pink gel-paste food coloring

Method
1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine meringue powder, confectioners’ sugar, and warm water.  Also add extract, if using any.  Mix on medium speed until mixture is fluffy and has thickened.

2.  Add water to thin out icing to desired consistency.  Add water 1 teaspoon at a time.

*Note: To test consistency, drizzle a little of icing onto a bowl.  A ribbon should remain on the surface for about 5 seconds.

3.  Divide royal icing in half.  Keep one half white.  Divide the remaining half into two.  Color one pink and the other hot pink.  Transfer royal icings into piping bags or parchment bags.  To decorate, follow photos and directions above.

   

20 Responses to “Lemon Honey Cookies”

  1. February 6, 2012
    7:43 pm
    Tina says...

    Lovely cookies. It is nice to come across something that is lighter instead of the traditional chocolate for Valentine’s. The swirls do ad a wonderful appearance to these and the lemon/honey combo sounds delicious.
    Funny how our feelings about Valentines changes as we get older! Have a great afternoon.

  2. February 6, 2012
    8:28 pm

    These are such lovely cookies. I love Valentines too now I have someone. Although he gets so excited he gives me my gifts early!

    • Thanks! Aw, how lucky?! That’s so sweet. He’s definitely a keeper!

  3. February 6, 2012
    10:06 pm
    Maggie says...

    Congrats on the Liebster award! Such an honor to be recognized. Your cookies are gorgeous…a perfect valentine’s treat!

    • Thank you, Maggie! Yup, I hope to make some again and package them for friends :)

  4. February 6, 2012
    10:52 pm
    Ambika says...

    Lovely cookies!! Congrats on the award, such a beautiful space you have here :)

  5. February 6, 2012
    11:19 pm

    Too cute!! Congrats on the award as well.

    • Thanks, Lindsey! I read some of your blog posts and I LOVE ramen. I live in LA and I’d be more than happy to volunteer on your ramen tours. lol

  6. February 7, 2012
    1:47 am

    These are adorable!! I don’t if I’d want to eat them or save them :-P

    • Thank you, Janet! Take a picture of the cookies and then eat them!

  7. February 7, 2012
    2:50 pm

    Those cookies are absolutely gorgeous!

    Thank you so much for including Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes in your picks- I truly appreciate it :)

  8. February 8, 2012
    9:46 pm
    Courtney J says...

    These are so so so pretty! :)

  9. February 9, 2012
    12:00 am
    Willow says...

    Beautiful post, and thank you so much for the award!

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