Lemon Sugar Cookie Snowflakes

Recipe courtesy of Melodie Walenius
Show: Cake Wars Episode: Christmas: Who's Coming Down the Chimney?
TOTAL TIME: 45 min
Prep: 30 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 15 min
 
YIELD: 25 to 30 servings
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

LEMON SUGAR COOKIE SNOWFLAKES:
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups salted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon lemon extract
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 3 tablespoons Meyer lemon zest
  • 1 to 2 pounds pure white modeling chocolate, such as Sweetastic
  • Serving suggestions: nonpareils, sanding sugar, crystal sugar or other decorations
    ALMOND SYRUP:
    • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
    • 1 teaspoon almond extract
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    Directions

    Special equipment: a pasta roller or heavy rolling pin; a pastry brush

    For the cookies: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

    In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the confectioners' sugar and butter. Add the lemon extract, vanilla extract and eggs, and mix until the eggs are incorporated. Add the flour, 1 cup at a time, mixing between each addition, and then add the zest. The dough should be soft, but not sticky. Roll out the dough between two sheets of parchment paper to about 1/4-inch thick. Use snowflake cookie cutters to cut out the cookies (25 to 30 cookies depending on the size) and place on the prepared sheets. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes. Transfer the cookies to cooling racks and cool to room temperature before decorating.

    Roll out the modeling chocolate using a pasta roller or heavy rolling pin to 1/8-inch thick. Using the same snowflake cookie cutter (wiped clean with a paper towel), cut out the snowflake shapes.

    For the syrup: Warm the corn syrup in the microwave, 20 to 30 seconds, then stir in the almond extract.

    Using a pastry brush, paint the top of a cookie with the syrup and immediately, but carefully, place a modeling chocolate snowflake on top. Position the modeling chocolate carefully before setting on a cookie, as it will stick very quickly. Rub your fingers over the edges gently to secure the modeling chocolate. Repeat for the remaining cookies.

    Use the remaining syrup to decorate the cookies. Paint a design, the edges or the entire surface of the cookies, and top with nonpareils, sanding sugar, crystal sugar or other decorations.
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