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Lucero Mandarin Firework Cookies

July 3, 2012

It's a 2-for-Tuesday. This is our second 4th of July creation. We were inspired by the firework cookies on Martha Stewart Living, so we found a phenomenal sugar cookie recipe and gave it some Lucero pizazz. The Mandarin Olive Oil gives these typically winter cookies a refreshing, summery twist. Kids will love to eat these firework cookies while enjoying the sparkling ones in the sky.

Lucero Crushed Mandarin Olive Oil Sugar Cookies

Mandarin Firework Cookies

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 tsp Salt

12 Tbs Lucero Crushed Mandarin Orange Olive Oil (also try with Lucero Crushed Meyer Lemon)

2 cups sugar

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1. Stir flour, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl.

2. Beat olive oil and sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed until incorporated, slightly yellow, and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture, then vanilla. Refrigerate dough, wrapped in plastic wrap, for at least 1 hour.

3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Roll out dough to about 1/4-inch thickness on a floured surface. Cut out cookies using a round cookie cutter, rerolling scraps once. Transfer to a baking sheet.

4. Bake until edges just start to brown, 17 to 19 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack, and let cool completely.

5. Frost cookies with white icing to cover.

6. Immediately using piping gel pipe a red or blue dot in the center of cookie. Then pipe concentric rings of colors around the center dot (using the same color as the dot, or alternating colors).

7. Then drag a toothpick through the colors to create bursts, starting from the center dot and working toward the edge. Alternate dragging inward and outward as you work around the cookie. (Or drag around the cookie in 1 direction or curve the lines for a pinwheel effect.) Let dry. Repeat with remaining cookies and icings.



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