Equality Cookies

If you are reading this in Ireland you will of course be aware of the marriage equality referendum that is happening today. I really really wish I was among the thousands of emigrants that have returned to Ireland to cast a yes vote but alas I am sitting here in my kitchen in London. I’ve made some equality cookies to show my support from across the water.

equality cookies

equality cookies

Equality Cookies

125g softened butter
125g caster sugar
1 medium egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
250g plain flour
To decorate:
White Ready to roll icing
Icing sugar
Red food colouring

With your hand mixer, or a wooden spoon if you fancy a work out, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. I usually beat the butter on its own first to break it up. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix. If the mixture starts to curdle add in some of the flour to bring the mixture together again. Sift in half of the flour and mix until incorporated, add the remaining flour and mix together. Wrap in cling film and put in the fridge for half an hour.

Preheat the oven to 180°C Fan (200°C regualr oven). After half an hour the dough is ready to be rolled out. Roll out the dough  between two sheets of cling film to a thickness of about 4mm.

Remove the cling film and cut out your biscuit shapes and place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Pop the tray into the fridge for another 10 minute to ensure the dough is chilled before placing in the oven.

Baking time will depend on the size of cookie cutter you use, in the case of these cookies they took around 18 minutes to bake. My advise would be to keep an eye on them after the 13 minute mark. My oven has a hot spot in the back left corner so I rotate the tray to ensure an even bake.Leave to cool for half an hour before decorating.

To decorate:
Roll out the white fondant icing between two sheets of cling film, until you have a thin layer (the cookies are already sweet so you don’t want too much icing!) Use the same cookie cutter you used earlier to cut out the icing so that you will get the shape you need. The icing should stick to the biscuit without any additional assistance but if not you can make up a ‘glue’ by mixing icing sugar and water. Apply a thin layer of the paste on the top of the cookie if needed. Transfer the layer of icing onto the biscuit, move it into place to ensure all the edges align.

To ice the ‘yes’ I used an icing pen filled with dark pink icing (icing sugar, splash of water and red food colouring). You can make a homemade piping bag if you don’t have an icing pen, tutorial here. I highly recommend practicing lots before you start icing on the cookies themselves as it can take a while to get the hang of it! Once you are ready ice your message of support onto the top of the iced cookie. Ta-dah – equality cookies!

Here’s hoping there will be a positive result to celebrate tomorrow! Dont forget to keep up to date with Bake my Style on Instagram and snapchat (bakemystyle) 🙂

Happy baking,

M x

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