Creative works of Iris can be also viewed on her flickr page eyewrisz
I tried these last year..but didn't succeed, they burned, and I was rather disappointed because I really love how these cookies look. They remind me of a very traditional Christmas treat we make using a custom made flat iron.They are wonderful with ice cream or light desserts, and now that I think of it, they could be made smaller and used as a cupcake topper, that would be really super cute.You can use variety of colors too.
Today, I guess I was feeling lucky when I decided to try a new recipe, that I modified to my liking.
food coloring of your choice
2 egg whites
3 1/2 ounces/ 1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 ounces/ 1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 ounces/ 1/4 cup melted butter, cooled room temperature
note : one thing I would add is that adding a little bit of vanilla sugar, or some spice, like cinnamon would be absolutely wonderful. Our traditional Christmas wafers have cinnamon in them and they are wonderful.* 1 ounce = 28.3 grams
Preheat oven to 370 F/205C/ line your baking sheets with silicone mats and parchment paper. Draw about 3.5 inch circles on the paper, or smaller circles, depending on the size of the cookie you want to make.
I made the circles about 3.5 inch in diameter using a cookie cutter.
Melt the butter and let cool to room temperature. Beat the egg whites till stiff peaks are formed, gradually adding sugar, whisking after each addition.Add flour and melted butter and whisk until smooth. Batter will be thick. Separate about 4 Tbl of batter and color 2 tbl with one color and another 2tbl with another color.
Place the colored batters into a small sandwich bags and cut a little opening with scissors
Drop heaping teaspoons of the batter onto the prepared baking sheets and using a small spatula spread the batter into a very thin circle/use your template to make circles even if needed/
Pipe lines or zigzags, or dots, using your two sandwich bags filled with batter that you colored with food coloring.
Bake one sheet at a time, for approximately for 3.5 minutes, until pale golden in color. Loosen the rounds with a metal spatula and return to the oven for a few more seconds to soften.
Have few lightly oiled wooden spoon handles to hand.Taking one round cookie out of the oven at a time, turn it over and roll it around the spoon handle. Leave it for few minutes to set, you can press it lightly so it would adhere better. Repeat with remaining cookies. Take caution, cookies are hot.
If cookies are too hard to shape just return them to the oven for a few seconds and repeat the process off rolling them around the spoon handle.
Once set, remove the wooden spoon handle and let cool completely.
Enjoy your decorative and delicious cookies.