Cakery Friday: Olympic Celebration Cookies

Opening ceremonies for the Olympics are tonight! These cookies are the perfect accessory for your Olympic watching for the next few weeks. Just follow these step-by-step instructions and you’ll cross the finish line to win the gold {for awesome cookie baking, of course}.

Gather all of the ingredients.

In the bowl of your electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat together 2 sticks of room temperature, unsalted butter and 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar.

Add in 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Beat until incorporated.

Finally add in 2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Mix until just blended.

Place the dough in a Ziploc bag and allow to chill for 2 hours.

Working with 1/3 of the batch at a time, briefly knead the chilled dough with a little flour {to prevent counter-sticking} and roll to about 1/4 inch thickness. Cut using a round cookie cutter and place cookies on a pan fitted with a Silpat mat or parchment paper.

Bake cookies at 375 degrees F for approximately 15 minutes, you want the edges to be lightly golden. Allow to cool completely.

To decorate:

Once cookies are room temperature, place a small amount of butter cream on each cookie. {You can skip this step and just brush a little corn syrup on the cookie, but I like the butter cream taste}.

Roll out fondant to 1/8 thickness and cut {using the same round cookie cutter you used for the cookies} white circles for the base of the cookies. Gently press each round onto the top of the butter cream on the cookie. Using small pieces of fondant roll out red, yellow, green, blue and black pieces. I used the back of two pastry tips to cut first a larger round circle and then a smaller pastry tip to cut the center of the ring.

Using a small brush, brush a thin coat of water over the back of each round and place them to make the shape of the Olympic rings. Be very careful, the rings are extremely delicate.

For a printer-friendly version of this recipe click here: Olympic Celebration Cookies

Happy Baking!











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