Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Birthday Scrabble Cookies

This upcoming weekend is the BF's Birthday...needless to say the search was on to find a fun delicious dessert to make, so when I came across these Scrabble Cookies I was SOLD! These are sure to appeal to his love of language -- he is an English teacher after-all. These should satisfy his competitiveness as well as his sweet tooth (especially since they are lemon cookies, his favorite). 

Let's just hope that I can make them as authentic as possible, so they can be used on the actual Scrabble board.

Meyer Lemon Sugar Cookies

1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup superfine sugar
1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
2 tsp fresh Meyer Lemon juice
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
finely grated rind of 1 Meyer Lemon

Put the butter and sugar and mix well with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon. Then add the egg yolk and juice and beat in. Sift the flour and salt into the bowl and stir until combined. Add the lemon rind and combine once more.

Divide the dough into 2 disks and wrap in plastic wrap. Place in refrigerator to chill until firm, about 30 min to an hour.

Preheat oven to 375F degrees. Line baking trays with parchment paper. Unwrap the dough, roll to 1/8 inch thick and use a chef's knife to make straight cuts. (A pasty wheel dragged my dough to skewed it, find out what works best for you. If the dough becomes too warm or soft to be transferred to the baking tray, return dough in the refrigerator to chill, 5-10 minutes.

Bake for 6-7 minutes, or until edges turn light brown. Transfer to wire racks to cool.

To frost the cookies, I used royal icing thinned with a little water. Letters were written using edible markers. 

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