Can we talk about these Valentine’s Lace Cookies? I’m so obsessed with them, the sugar cookie itself is lime and pistachio flavored and the top is more of the marshmallow fondant from these Watercolor Painted Sugar Cookies from here. I finished it by covering the fondant with an edible metallic red paint and then overlaying it with some sugar lace.
Here is the thing on sugar lace—you can of course make it—but I bought mine from Etsy and stamped out what I needed. I should mention buying strips of lace and cutting it down to what you need will waste some of it. If you want to avoid the waste, you can always: (1) buy old crochet doilies and place them over the cookies and use edible spray paint and give it a few good mist-ings (2) buy a stamp and give it a few strokes of edible paint, then stamp it directly onto the fondant.
I’ve tried both the above methods, but the sugar lace is my favorite. I love the raised, 3-D look of the sugar lace. I don’t know what it is about Valentines, but it brings out my crazy, cookie-crafting obsession. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, since I have a drawer filled with powders, paints, brushes and more ideas than I have time for.
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Hope you are celebrating it the way you want.
Lace Sugar Cookies
Yield: 16 2 1/2-inch cookies
- 3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup finely ground pistachio
- zest of 2 limes
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into 1 tablespoon pieces
- 1/4 cup cream cheese, cold and cut into 1 tablespoon pieces
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 7oz. marshmallow fluff (I used Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Creme)
- 1lb. powdered sugar
- Rainbow Dust Metallic Red
- Black Sugar Lace
To make sugar cookies:
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, pistachio, lime zest, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In a stand mixer bowl, fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together sugar, butter and cream cheese at medium high speed. Scrape down bowl, add the egg and lime juice and beat until combined. Turn mixer speed down to low and add the flour in one cup at a time. Beat until dough just starts to come together.
Turn dough out onto a piece of parchment paper. Add a second piece of parchment on top and roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Stamp out hearts and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Transfer cut outs to refrigerator to chill for at least two hours or overnight.
When ready to bake, heat oven to 350 degree. Bake cookies for 10 to 12 minutes, or until bottom of cookies are lightly golden. Remove from oven and let cookies cool on sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool completely before covering with fondant.
To make marshmallow fondant:
Place marshmallow fluff in the refrigerator to chill for at least 4 hours or overnight. Lightly cover standmixer bowl and paddle attachment with non-stick spray. Scrap marshmallow fluff into the bowl and add water. Beat on low and add in 1 cup of powdered sugar at a time and beat on low. Mixture will start to come together like wet sand, once it does turn mixture out onto a lightly covered powdered sugar surface. Knead mixture until it starts to form a ball that is slighty tacky and does not crumble. If the fondant mixture is too crumbly and dry, flatten it out and use a spray bottle and spritz the fondant with water and continue to knead until it comes together. Spritz as needed to bring the fondant together. Fondant is ready when it resembles clay in texture. To store, flatten out fondant to 1-inch disc or rectangle, cover in parchment and store in a sealed plastic bag at room temperature.
Lightly cover your work surface with powdered sugar. Working in batches, roll out just enough fondant for four cookies. Make sure the remaining marshmallow fondant stays covered in parchment and sealed in a plastic bag to prevent it from drying out. Use the same size heart cutter as the one used on the cookies and stamp out fondant hearts. Paint fondant hearts with edible paint. Place lace overlay on top while paint is wet (the paint is all that is needed to keep the lace in place). Set aside to dry.
In the meantime, dilute 1/4 cup water with 1 teaspoon of corn syrup. Once fondant hearts are dry, brush backside of a heart with water mixture and gently press it onto a cookie. Repeat with remaining fondant hearts and cookies.
- Make sure to roll the sugar cookie dough between to two lightly floured parchment papers.
- Stamp out the hearts and then place the cut outs on a cookie sheet and let it chill in the refrigerator. I know most conventional recipes will have you chill your dough then roll and cut, but cutting out the shape while the dough is still warm and pliable makes it so you actually work and handle the dough alot less.
- This two-ingredient marshmallow fondant is easy to work with, but just keep in mind this recipe should not be used for cakes - it's a little too stiff.