My daughter, Beth, sent me a photo of the most unbelievable stenciled peacock cookies in turquoise and lime that she had made for her friend’s birthday. She assured me that they were very easy to make. They truly were amazing! And I could envision tons of possibilities from intricate designs for seasonal cookies to monogrammed cookies for wedding favors. Beth ordered her reusable plastic stencils from Amazon and used dry Shimmer Dust and a brush to stencil the cookies before baking, and that was it. It is the same method used on fabric, paper, or a wall. With Easter coming up, I searched Amazon for egg-shaped stencil designs and found several nice ones to choose from. You may also use regular reusable stencils from craft stores. These cookies are very easy to create, although they do require a little time, but the results are more than worth it. These cookies are masterpieces! Oh, and they are really delicious too. They are the perfect Easter gift or dessert with ice cream after Easter lunch. So gather a few materials, and enjoy creating a few masterpieces for someone special.
2 sticks butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2½ cups all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. With mixer, cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour and salt. Gradually beat dry mixture into creamed mixture. Shape into 3 balls, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for 1 hour. Remove 1 ball at a time, and roll out about . inch thick on a floured surface. Cut into shapes and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 9 minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool.
Yield: 2 dozen cookies
Egg-shaped cookie cutter
Small stencil brushes
Shimmer Dust in bright colors
1. Prepare cookies from Butter Cookie recipe, but do not bake. Place egg-shaped cookies on parchment-lined baking sheet.
2. Place stencil over unbaked cookie, pressing down very lightly.
3. With brush, fill in stencil cut-outs with Shimmer Dust. Remove stencil.
4. Bake cookies at 375 degrees for 9 minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool.