X-Files cookies

Step by step recipe:

  1. 5 min.X-Files cookies : Photo of step #1
    Put into a food-precessor bowl: 125 g flour, 50 g icing sugar, 100 g butter cut into small pieces, 1 egg, 1 pinch fine (or table) salt, 5 drops food colouring, and the juice and zest of 1 lime.
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    Knead on slow speed until evenly mixed.
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    Tip the dough out onto a sheet of stretch plastic film.
  4. 2 hoursX-Files cookies : Photo of step #4
    Fold the film over and press the dough into a flat cake.

    Refrigerate for 2 hours.

    This cooling time is essential as the dough is very soft at room temperature. The time in the fridge will firm up the dough.
  5. 5 min.X-Files cookies : Photo of step #5
    After this time, roll out the dough with a rolling pin to just under 1 cm (0.4 inch) thick.
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    Now comes the tricky momnt: cutting out the "alien" shapes. I used a calisson cutter for the pointed end.
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    Then I cut the top of the head using a normal round cutter.

    But you can cut them out perfectly well with a small knife.
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    Shape the rounded part if necessary by pushing around the edge with your finger.
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    Make the eyes with 2 whole almonds, the pointed end towards the centre. Press them lightly into the dough to make them stick.
  10. 20 min.X-Files cookies : Photo of step #10
    Use up all the dough like this, placing the cookies on a baking sheet as you go.

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (360°F).
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    Put the offcuts onto a baking heet, shaped or not. Here I've made Star Trek logos (yes, I know, this is an American TV series recipe...).
  12. 30 min.X-Files cookies : Photo of step #12
    Bake for around 30 minutes. Watch carefully for colouring towards the end of the cooking time to keep the lovely green colour. So don't overcook them.

Remarks:

Green is the obvious colour to use, but they look good in pink, too (in which case, leave out the lime).

Source:

Home made

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