Valentine’s Day: Southern Conversation Cookies

Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickValentine’s Day

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A timeless southern tea bread gets a simple makeover in these irresistible sugar cookie cut-outs. Conversation candies set the tone for these seasonal sweetheart treats. Lemon-Poppy Seed Cookies starts with a small batch dough so be certain to stop the mixer often to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. For the most tender cookies, handle the dough as little as possible as you don’t want to develop the gluten in the flour. When decorating the cookies, it’s wise to have the proper tools. A #1 icing tip by Ateco works well to pipe the messages. Look for more details as outlined in How To Use A Pastry Bag. For brighter cookies with more saturated color, tint the Buttermilk Glaze with the same color of food coloring paste as the sugar color. Set aside a small bowl of uncolored glaze to use for piping the messages & add several teaspoons of meringue powder to make a quick royal icing or follow my easy recipe listed below. For a stiffer icing, add a little powdered sugar & beat like crazy then add your favorite food coloring paste.Get ready to make these charming cookies for the folks you love the very most.

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makes 8 cookies

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup ap flour
1 tsp poppy seeds
A pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Beat the first 4 ingredients with an electric stand mixer until creamy & smooth. Add the flour, the poppy seeds & a smidgen of salt, blending just until combined. Roll small pieces of dough to 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface & cut with {4-inch} heart-shaped cookie cutters. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until the edges are golden. Cool completely. Prepare the Buttermilk Glaze. Tint with food coloring paste, if desired. Dip the cookies in the glaze & allow to dry. Pipe sayings on the cookies with Royal Icing, if desired.

Buttermilk-Vanilla Glaze By Rebecca Gordon Buttermilk Lipstick Editor-in-Chief TV Cooking Personality Food Stylist Writer Pastry Chef Tailgating Expert Southern Hostess Sports Entertaining Tide & Tigers Today Tailgate Host WBRC Fox 6 Raycom News Network How To Make Peach Turnovers & Fried Pie

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makes about 2 cups

1 {16-oz} box powdered sugar
6 Tbsp whole buttermilk
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

Whisk together all on the ingredients in a medium bowl. Divide between several bowls & tint with your favorite food paste colors, if desired. Use as directed.

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makes 3/4 cup

1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
4 tsp meringue powder
2 Tbsp water

Whisk together the first 3 ingredients in a small bowl. Add food coloring paste, if desired & mix until well blended. Spoon into a piping bag. Use as directed.

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How To Use A Pastry Bag By Rebecca Gordon Buttermilk Lipstick Southern TV Cooking Personality Birmingham Alabama Pastry Chef Editor-in-Cihief Writer Author Hostess Spring Entertaining Tailgating Expert Sports Party Ideas Original Recipes & Food Crafts Tide & Tigers Today Tailgating Host Raycom Sports News Network WBRC Fox 6How To Use A Pastry Bag

Pastry bags are ideal to use when decorating cookies & cakes for sure.
Use them to fill pastries or finish a party-perfect batch of deviled eggs.
Follow my flawless tips for mastering this valuable craft.

The Technique

Gage the tip size & snip the pastry bag at the end with scissors. 
It’s better to start small.
You can always cut again rather than have the tip fall through the opening.

Slip the pastry tip into the bag & be certain the fit is snug.
Tug the bag upwards to ensure that’s the case.

Fold one third of the bag over & hold the bag upright in one hand.
Fill about halfway with frosting or filling using a rubber spatula.
Do not to overfill the bag as you’ll have better control. 
 
Unfold the bag & push the frosting down into the tip.
Simultaneously, press out any air bubbles.
Twist the empty portion of the bag & allow it to rest just above the frosting.
Place the twisted portion between your thumb & forefinger.
Gently press the icing a bit to release some of the air.
Hold the bag over the surface of what you’ll be decorating.
Apply steady, even pressure & pipe away.
Guide the bag with your forefinger from the other hand.

The Clean Up

Remove the tip from the bag & rinse well under hot water.
Dry the tip thoroughly to prevent any rust from forming.

If a reusable bag was used, turn the bag inside out.
Rinse thoroughly with hot water.
Wipe the bag dry with a lint-free cloth.
Return the bag to the original side.
Set the bag upright in a cone shape & allow to dry further.

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4 Responses to Valentine’s Day: Southern Conversation Cookies

  1. lindsey February 15, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

    These look tasty! Looking forward to reading more:-)

    • Rebecca February 16, 2013 at 9:13 am #

      Lindsey, thank you! I love lemon. I’m so glad you dropped by! See you soon!

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