Malted Robin’s Egg Cookies

Malted Robin’s Egg Cookies

Robin's egg blue royal icing is speckled with tinted vanilla extract in these delicious malted cookies.

YIELDS

30 to 35 cookies

INGREDIENTS

Cookies

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup malted milk powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup C&H® Organic Raw Cane Sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Royal Icing

  • 4 cups C&H® Confectioners Sugar sifted
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup meringue powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 4 drops sky blue gel food coloring

Speckle

  • 1 to 2 drops brown food coloring gel
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Malted Robin’s Egg Cookies

INSTRUCTIONS

Cookies

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, malted milk powder, salt and cream of tartar; set aside.

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla. Add dry ingredients 1/2 cup at a time until soft dough forms. If dough is sticky, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time.

Divide dough into 2 discs, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  

Let dough sit out for 5 minutes before rolling. Roll dough out on a surface lightly dusted with confectioners’ sugar  to 1/4-inch thickness. Using a 3-inch egg-shaped cutter, cut out cookies. Place on prepared baking sheet. Roll remaining dough into a ball, roll out and continue to cut out cookies.

Bake 7 to 8 minutes.

Royal Icing

In a large metal or glass bowl, beat all ingredients except food coloring, at medium speed, 7 to 10 minutes. Add food coloring and incorporate by hand.

Spoon frosting  into pastry bag fitted with a #2 icing tip. Pipe icing onto cookies, covering completely. Allow to dry completely before serving.

Keep icing covered with a damp paper towel while working to prevent drying. Store in refrigerator to keep icing from hardening.

Speckle

Cover work area with waxed paper.

In a small bowl, mix food coloring and vanilla. Using a stiff paintbrush designated for food only use, dip brush into “paint” and blot lightly on a paper towel so the brush is not too wet. Flick the brush bristles with a fingertip.  Do a sample cookie to see how close you need to be to get the best spatter. Continue with remaining cookies until they are all speckled.