This was another edible gift I made this Christmas. I used this recipe that I found on food.com.
3/4 cup icing sugar
1 1/2 cups plain flour
2 tbsp lemon zest
2 tbsp limoncello
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp granulated sugar
for the glaze:
1/4 cup icing sugar
2 tsp limoncello
gold dusting powder (optional)
Cream the butter and icing sugar together.
Add the flour, lemon zest, limoncello and salt, and mix to form a dough.
I decided to try out a cookie press I had bought recently in Lidl. It looks a bit like a gun - you put the dough inside, choose which nozzle or cookie cutter shape you want to use and screw it into the end, and as you press the handle of the gun, the dough is pushed through and comes out in the shape you have chosen.
It started out quite well and was easy to use, and the first few cookies came out perfectly:
I'd only done three when the cookie press broke! The handles made a strange noise and a little piece of plastic flew out, and after that every time I pressed the handle it wouldn't push the dough through and so nothing was coming out. I tried a few times but had to give up and concede that the thing was actually broken, which was very disappointing. I know my dough wasn't too stiff and I was using the equipment correctly, so I can only conclude that it was cheaply made and of poor quality.
So it was back to the standard cookie cutter - and I realised that the only vaguely Christmas-related cookie cutter I possess is a holly leaf. I really need to get some more!
Preheat oven to about 180C and bake for 20 minutes. Leave to cool.
To make the glaze, mix the icing sugar and limoncello and drizzle over the top of the cookies. I also sprinkled some gold lustre powder over the top before the icing was set.
I am sending this to Tea Time Treats, hosted by Karen of Lavender and Lovage and Kate of What Kate Baked, as their theme this month is citrus fruits. This recipe has lemon zest and limoncello.