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Postcard Cookies

Cookies topped with classic Easter images create a charming vintage display on the holiday table. To create frosting sheets adorned with images of your choosing, visit kopykake.com. Scalloped scissors can be used to create a delicate border around the printed sheets, if desired.

  • Yield: Makes about 2 dozen
Postcard Cookies

Ingredients

  • 4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 recipe Basic Vanilla Buttercream
  • KopyKake frosting sheets, decorated or printed as desired, cut to fit cookies

Directions

  1. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl.

  2. Place butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Mix in eggs and lemon juice. Reduce speed to low. Gradually mix in flour mixture. Divide dough in half; flatten each half into a disk. Wrap each in plastic. Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour or overnight.

  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees with racks in upper and lower thirds. Let one disk of dough stand at room temperature just until soft enough to roll, about 10 minutes. Roll out dough between two pieces of plastic wrap to 1/4 inch thick. Remove top layer of plastic wrap. Using a small, sharp knife, cut out dough into 3-by-5-inch rectangles. Transfer cookie dough on plastic wrap to a baking sheet. Transfer baking sheet to freezer, freeze until very firm, about 15 minutes. Remove baking sheet from freezer and transfer shapes to baking sheets lined with nonstick baking mats. Roll out scraps, and repeat. Repeat with remaining disk of dough.

  4. Bake, switching positions of sheets and rotating halfway through, until edges turn golden, 15 to 18 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks.

  5. Working with one cookie at a time, spread a very thin, even layer of buttercream on cookie. Decorate cookies with frosting sheets according to package directions. Repeat process with remaining cookies.

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