Spring Entertaining: Honeysuckle Wedding Cake Cookies

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When the cookie crumbles, eat it… and call in the reinforcements

When I was a pastry chef, naturally colleagues requested pretty baked goods for showers, weddings and birthday celebrations. On one occasion, a hostess asked if I would handcraft 300 iced & decorated wedding cake cookies she could give to guests as favors. Beautifully designed cookies are my baking passion so after a brief consultation, the bride-to-be shared her ideas and we agreed to all of the logistical details. Everything sounded easy enough.

At the time, I worked in Birmingham but I lived in Tuscaloosa which really wasn’t a big deal because my parents always had room available at their house if I needed it. As the event inched closer, I had a pretty good plan that would allow me to weave the commissioned work into a hectic restaurant schedule. My mom has always been a well-trusted baker’s apprentice stepping in to blend sweets, order supplies or simply just make sure I had the equipment needed to fill special requests. As we began mixing and rolling dough, reality set in. We were not in a restaurant equipped kitchen where you could cram pan after pan of cut cookie dough onto a speed rack, roll it in the oven and bake the entire order of cookies at once. No. Five extra large cookies fit per pan. Then there was the cooling, the glazing and the piping that needed to happen as well and I was the only one with the skill set that could attend to the piping. After about four batches of cookies, my mom decided to call in the reinforcements. My sisters.

The recipe should have read, “Roll the dough out into a lightly floured kitchen.” A thin blanket of pixie dust covered everything– refrigerator doors, cabinet knobs, gold linoleum, boxes of parchment paper and even inside the utensil drawer. I Will took on a whole new meaning. Discs of dough, paper-lined baking sheets, wire racks filled with cooling cookies, powdered sugar glaze and bags of icing fit with pastry tips were scattered about. I sat at the head of the supper table in a chair reserved exclusively for my father at meal time while my sister shoved glazed cookies before me just so I could keep pace with the piping. My mom was on the other side gathering the freshly decorated cookies and whisking them to a land unknown to me at the time.

Before long, a sea of petite wedding cakes were drying all around my childhood home and I actually slept beside sugar plums that night. By the time the last cookie was slipped into the cellophane bag and tied with the bride’s signature wedding color, we had experienced a 36-hour bake-a-thon like no other. No one complained and we shared a lot of exhausting laughs. Do not ever underestimate the power of family first, whether it be blood related or the people in your life you love and cherish all the sameThey are always the ones who will step in and help when you need it most.

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rebecca gordon buttermilk lipstick Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickHoneysuckle Wedding Cake Cookies
makes 8 large cookies

A small batch of beautifully decorated cookies can just as easily set a grand tone when accompanied with a table of carefully curated party fare. Sprinkle them throughout the space or double the recipe and integrate into each place setting for a signature touch.

Honeysuckle Blooms
1 recipe Buttermilk Shortbread
1 recipe Honeysuckle Glaze
1 recipe Bright White Royal Icing
Freshly snipped honeysuckle vine

Prepare the Honeysuckle Blooms at least 36 hours before assembly. Prepare the Buttermilk Shortbread as directed. Dip the cookies in the Honeysuckle Glaze. Swipe a small offset spatula from the top of the cookie to the bottom, removing the excess. Place the cookies on parchment paper & let stand 4 hours to set. Clean up the cookie edges with a paring knife.

Place about half of the Bright White Royal Icing in a pastry bag fit with a No. 1 tip. Do not overfill the bag. Pipe the desired design on the cookies. Attach 2 or 3 Honeysuckle Blooms to the top of the cookie with Bright White Royal Icing. Allow to dry for at least 2 hours. Garnish vignettes with fresh honeysuckle vine & additional blooms, if desired.

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makes 2 dozen

1 oz prepared rolled fondant
Cornstarch
Honeysuckle cutter
Wooden pick
Bright White Royal Icing
White flower stamens, cut in half

Roll the fondant to 1/8-inch thickness. Dust with a little cornstarch, if necessary to prevent sticking. Cut two dozen honeysuckle shapes from the fondant. Place the wooden pick on the skinny end of the shape & wrap slightly around the pick. Remove the pick & roll the end to resemble a honeysuckle bloom. Gently pinch the four top edges flat to resemble a honeysuckle bloom. Pierce a tiny hole in the center of the bloom using the blunt end of the wooden pick. Prepare the Bright White Royal Icing as directed. Pipe a dab in the hole. Attach 2 or 3 stamens to the center of the bloom. Allow to dry at least 36 hours before using.

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makes 8 {5 1/4-inch} cookies

3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter
3 Tbsp whole buttermilk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup ap flour
Pinch of kosher salt

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Cream the sugar, the butter, the buttermilk & the vanilla with an electric stand mixer on Medium speed until creamy. Stop the mixer on occasion & scrape down the bowl sides with a rubber spatula. Add the flour & the salt. Blend on Low speed just until the dough comes together. Roll the dough to a 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut wedding cake shapes with a 5 1/4-inch tall cutter. Place on parchment paper-lined cookie sheets. Repeat until all of the dough is cut. Bake, in batches, on the center rack for 20 to 23 minutes or until golden brown on the cookie edges. Cool completely on the pans, about 30 minutes.

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makes enough to glaze 8 large cookies

2 cups powdered sugar
3 Tbsp fresh orange juice
1 Tbsp honey
Lemon yellow food coloring paste

Stir together the first 3 ingredients in a small bowl until well blended. Dip the tip of a wooden pick into the food coloring paste & tint the icing, blending well.

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makes 3/4 cup

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

Whisk together the first 3 ingredients in a small bowl. Add several drops of white food coloring & mix until well blended. Use as directed.

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Stunning spring cookies set the tone for a lovely celebration.
Follow these pointers for success in your own kitchen.

rebecca gordon buttermilk lipstick Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickThe Technique

No. 1
The Cookie Dough

Expect a soft dough. Roll small pieces & cut one cookie at a time.
Gently transfer to parchment paper-lined baking sheets with a pancake spatula.

No. 2
The Honeysuckle Glaze

Pour the orange juice through a fine wire sieve to remove the pulp for a smooth finish.

Expect about 1/4 cup of remaining glaze once the cookies have been coated.
Drizzle the excess over breakfast muffins or pound cake slices.

No. 3
The Royal Icing

Place a damp paper towel over the icing to keep a crust from forming over the surface.

To hold the icing in the piping bag,
twist the end well to prevent air from getting inside the bag.
When ready to use again, pop off the little bit at the tip & pipe away.

No. 4
The Design

The simplicity of a sweet series of dots is always appropriate.
You can add a bit of your own style for a custom presentation.
Trailing vine or a traditional swag on each tier would be lovely.
Have fun and make them your own.

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