|kelsey's ducks and carrots|
for the cookies you'll need
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
12 tablespoons un-salted butter softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
sift together the flour and baking powder.
cream together the butter, sugar and lemon zest in a large bowl until light. beat in the eggs, then stir in the flour mixture thoroughly. place the dough on a sheet of plastic wrap and form the dough into a disk. Wrap the dough and chill for at least 2 hours.
preheat the oven to 325 degrees. line baking sheets with parchment paper. roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface and cut out shapes with a cookie cutter. bake 5-8 minutes, until pale golden. remove from the baking sheets and cool on racks.
for the royal icing you'll need
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 egg white
3 or 4 drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice
mix the sugar, egg white and lemon juice in a small bowl until smooth and creamy. it should have the consistence of heavy cream. add desired food coloring. kelsey makes multiple colors.
these beautiful cookies have a slight sweetness with a hint of lemon....they are like a shortbread cookie...really yummy.