My husbands cousin, Sabrina is having her Quenceanera next week. This provided an opportunity to make some gown cookies to celebrate this Hispanic tradition of a girls coming of age. What I had to work with was the shade of her gown and the flower shades her mother Nelda sent me.
Nordic roll-out Cookies
2 sticks unsalted butter
1 ¾ cups raw sugar
¼ Cups Agave Nectar
4 cups Unbleached flour
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cardamon
½ orange Tablespoons orange zest/oil
½ scraped vanilla bean
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350
If you need a visual step by step for the cookie roll out process please look at my Valentine Cookies.
Fit mixer with paddle attachment. Cream butter and sugar on high until light and fluffy. Add agave and combine.
Mix dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
Add zest and vanilla to and egg to butter mixture and beat until smooth.
Add dry ingredients but do not over mix or cookies will be tough.
Divide dough in half and llay dough on plastic wrap; refrigerate at once. Can be in fridge for a number of days.
I use cookie spacers on my rolling pin to ensure the same thickness each time.
I would highly suggest placing your rolled out shapes in the freezer for 10 minutes.
When ready roll out to desired thickness and cook at 350 for 9 to 12 minutes.
If you have a recipe you favor please use your favorite one. Royal Icing is hard to work with and I use what works for me.
2 Tablespoons Crisco
2 Tablespoons Light Karo Syrup
7 Cups Powdered Sugar
4 Tablespoons Meringue Powder
1/2 Cup Water
Flavoring of your choice
Colors I used were Americolors in orange, and turquoise.
Both of these recipes were doubled to make a total of 60 gown cookies.
Time break down
- Mixing and rolling Cookies 1 hour
- Cutting and freezing dough 1 hour
- Baking 5 hours
- Mixing and Flooding Cookies 2.5 hours
- Stenciling 1 hour
- Bagging 30 minutes
These cookies as everything I play with are simply a labor of love.