For Popie's 80th Birthday, we had a seafood themed party. He was a shellfish business owner in NYC, so when my mom asked me to do place cards, I knew they had to be place cookies. We found an adorable lobster cookie cutter at Sur La Table, so I made my Famous Sugar Cookies like always, but flavored them with more lemon zest and extract to match the seafood theme. I used royal icing so they would travel well, and silver drages as the eyes. Thanks to Dan and JJ for modeling them :)
My Famous Sugar Cookies!
1 1/2 cups butter1
1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. pure lemon extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 tbsp. lemon zest
5 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
Powdered sugar, for rolling
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cream butter and sugars in a mixer for 5 minutes.
Add in eggs one at a time, mixing thoroughly.
Add in lemon, almond, and lemon zest.
Sift in flour, baking powder, and salt a little at a time.
Do not over mix, this process should take about one minute.
Chill dough for up to a week in the fridge, or roll out and cut right away.