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Penny's cookies

I got a link for this recipe, maybe others need it.... Featured in the December 2000 issue of Texas Monthly Penny's Cookies from Penny's Pastries of Austin

Penny's cookies

Ingredients

  • Butter Cookie Dough 1 cup salted butter 1 cup granulated sugar 1 large egg 2 tablespoons whipping cream 2 tablespoons vanilla extract 1 teaspoon almond extract 3 cups unbleached flour 11/2 teaspoons baking powder Royal Frosting 3 large to extra-large egg whites 31/2 cups sifted powdered sugar 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar (optional) commercial paste colors (available at hobby shops or cake-decorating supply stores) decorative stencils (available at hobby shops)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a mixer combine butter and sugar. Add egg, cream, vanilla, and almond extract all at once and thoroughly blend. In a separate bowl stir together flour and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones and blend. Roll out to a thickness of about 1/4 inch and cut with a cookie cutter. Bake on a greased cookie sheet 8 to 12 minutes and cool on a rack. Makes about 3 dozen cookies. (Dough does not need to be chilled before using.)
  2. Basic Glaze
  3. 1 tablespoon light corn syrup, such as Karo
  4. 1/4 teaspoon almond, orange, or lemon extract
  5. 3 cups powdered sugar
  6. Using a mixer, dissolve syrup and extract in 1/4 cup warm water. Add sugar and beat on low speed until smooth.
  7. Royal Frosting
  8. 3 large to extra-large egg whites
  9. 31/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  10. 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar (optional)
  11. commercial paste colors (available at hobby shops or cake-decorating supply stores)
  12. decorative stencils (available at hobby shops)
  13. Using a mixer, beat first 3 ingredients on low speed until mixture thickens. Then beat on high until it forms stiff peaks and the shine dulls to a sheen, 7 to 10 minutes. Tint to desired color(s), using about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon per half cup of frosting. Royal frosting crusts over quickly, so cover bowl or pastry bag with a damp cloth when not actively working.)
  14. To decorate using a stencil, put about 1/4 teaspoon of royal frosting on tip of a small cake spatula, ideally an offset spatula (with the blade bent so it is lower than the handle, like a trowel). Hold stencil in place on a cooled, dry cookie. In a single stroke, swipe a thin layer of frosting across it and carefully lift stencil. Dries in an hour, longer if weather is humid.

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