Spring Entertaining: Mr & Mrs Blue Bird Cookies

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The Blue Bird Special

Dressed for a cheery spring afternoon…
Perch this pair on a beautiful table of refreshments.
Guests will sing sweet praises for your memorable efforts.

buttermilk lipstick Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickOld-Fashioned Sugar Cookies With Fresh Lemon Royal Icing
makes about 2 dozen

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
3 cups ap flour
1/4 tsp kosher salt
Fresh Lemon Royal Icing

one
Cream the butter & the sugar on medium speed with an electric stand mixer
until light & airy, about 5 minutes.

stop the mixer on occasion & scrape down the bowl sides with a rubber spatula
continue to do this throughout the preparation of the recipe
so all of the ingredients incorporate evenly

Add the egg, the vanilla & the lemon juice.
Mix until well blended.

Whisk together the flour & the salt in a small bowl.
Add to the mixer & blend just until the dough comes together.
Divide the dough in half & form two discs.
Wrap each disc with plastic wrap & chill 30 minutes or up to 2 days.

two
Roll each dough disc 1/4 to 1/8-inch thick on a lightly floured surface.
Cut shapes with a egg-shaped cookie cutter.
Place on parchment paper-lined cookie sheets.
Bake 12 to 14 minutes, in batches or until the edges begin to brown.
Cool completely.

Decorate with Fresh Lemon Royal Icing.

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buttermilk lipstick Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickFresh Lemon Royal Icing
makes plenty

6 cups powdered sugar
4 Tbsp meringue powder
7 Tbsp milk
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

Food Coloring Paste
black * cornflower blue * yellow * white-white

one
Whisk together the powdered sugar, meringue powder, the milk & the lemon juice in a large bowl.
Remove 2/3 cup of the icing & place in a separate small bowl.
Place a damp paper towel directly on the surface of the icing.

you’re looking for it to be thick but a flow that is nice & steady
you want it to hold shape when piped

two
Tint the remaining large batch of icing with blue food coloring paste.
Spoon a few rubber spatulafuls into a disposable piping bag positioned with a #4 tip.

do not cram as much as icing as you can get into the bag
stop & reload several times for better control
in maneuvering the piping technique for neater cookies

Pipe the cookie outline.
Drag the piping bag & press an even flow over the surface filling in gaps.
Allow to dry several hours before finishing with the details.

three
Divide the remaining 2/3 cup reserved icing between 3 small bowls total.
In one bowl, place about tablespoons of the icing & tint with the black food paste.

always cover the bowls of icing when not in use with a damp paper towel

Divide the remaining icing in half between two other bowls.
Add a dabble of white-white food color to one bowl.
Add a dabble of yellow food color to the other.
Add a tablespoon or two of additional powdered sugar to each bowl.
Beat it like the dickens with a spoon.

all of the icing colors should be rather stiff with some give
almost a bit more “whipped” in texture

Spoon each color into disposable piping bags fit with #1 or #2 tips.
Pipe two black dots for the eyes.
Pipe the beak, the feet & legs & the curly q head feathers with the yellow.
Pipe the flowers for the ladies with the white & add a dot of yellow in the center.
Allow the cookies to dry completely.

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The Cookies

I prefer a thin & crisp cookie so I roll the dough relatively thin.
Expect a lower yield & touch longer in the oven
for 1/4-inch thick cookies.

Space relatively close together on the cookie sheets.
I was able to fit 8 cookies per batch.

The Icing

Expect a punch of lemon flavor.
It balances well with the brown sugar based cookie.
Add more or less milk or lemon juice to make it yours.

music to your ears
“The Blue Bird” Charles Villiers Stanford

The Bluebird – Charles Villiers Stanford

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