So, the Greek soccer team is still alive at the World Cup tournament. I’m not sure how it all works, how some teams stay alive even though they lose a match. We’re a baseball and basketball home, not really a soccer home.
Although I find myself confused at the way it all plays out at the World Cup, I do find myself enjoying the matches. How great to watch the fans in the crowd jump up and down, sing, dance and cheer throughout the match. Faces painted, shoulders covered in their country’s flag – it’s quite a site to see. I’ve also been quite impressed with the show of sportsmanship: players reaching out their hands to help the player from the other team get back on their feet, whom coincidently, they just knocked onto the ground. Even if soccer is not your sport of choice you have to respect the athleticism, drive and overall experience of the World Cup.
This past weekend I set out to create a fun cookie using the colors and design of the Greek flag. Of course I had it all worked out in my mind and on that blueprint creating this cookie would be quite simple. After all, we’re just dealing with straight lines, right? No pesky curves or stars, just straight lines. But with 3 batches, 3 different techniques and hands stained from blue food coloring, I’ve decided to throw in the towel and share with you the best of the batches.
These cookies are about as perfect as my understanding of the World Cup. Please do me a favor: Look at the pictures quickly and then move on with your day. If you look at them quickly you don’t see the squiggly lines as much. You see a brilliant Greek flag!
Greece plays today against CÔTE D’IVOIRE, also known as the Ivory Coast, so these not-so-perfect Greek flag cookies are to celebrate their hopeful victory. I’m enjoying cheering on my country (countries actually – of course Team USA gets my cheers too, however, I will not be attempting the American Flag cookie!).
So, for what it’s worth, here’s recipe. If you make them and your flag lines turn out straight, as opposed to the squiggly ones I am sharing with you, please share a picture with me (as well as your technique!) :)
Greek Flag Lemon Sugar Cookies
1 ½ cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 large eggs
1-teaspoon lemon extract (you can also use vanilla instead)
5 cups flour
2-teaspoons baking powder
Blue Food coloring (gel)
Latex Gloves! (recommended to avoid looking like a member of the Blue Man Group after you make these cookies.)
In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs and lemon extract. Mix to combine. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl and slowly add to the butter mixture. Mix to combine. Remove half of the cookie mixture into a bowl. This will be your white cookie mixture. Add enough blue food coloring to the remaining mixture to obtain the desired color blue. On a floured surface, roll out each color and wrap individually in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2-4 hours or over night.
Slice cookie dough rolls into strips lengthwise and layer, alternating colors. To make the cross section of the flag, cut a long thin strip/square shape and build the cross. Use smaller strips to build the remaining portion of the flag to the right of the cross. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
When ready to bake, slice cookies into ¼ inch pieces. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake at 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes. Allow to cool on pan for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
©2014 by Alexandra Salidas Roll, Figs & Feta, LLC.
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