Make these adorable shortbread Lego cookies in no time at all! Using premade, buttery shortbread logs makes this the easiest recipe ever. With results that would make even a professional pastry chef proud!
Makes 16 Lego cookies
• 4 cups powdered sugar
• 4 tablespoons light corn syrup
• 10 tablespoons milk
• 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
• Red, green, blue, and yellow gel food coloring
• ¼ cup mini M&M’s
• 2 packages Walker’s shortbread
1. Place 1 cup of powdered sugar in four small bowls. Add 1 tablespoon corn syrup to each bowl, and 1 ½ tablespoons of milk to each bowl. Tint one bowl red, one blue, one green, and one yellow. Add another 1/2 teaspoon of milk if needed to make each bowl of icing thick but soft enough to pipe.
2. Transfer 1 tablespoon of each color of icing into four small ziptop baggies. Snip a small corner from each baggie and pipe a rectangle around the outside edge of the shortbread cookies. Pipe each color on four cookies. This will create a thick “border” of icing so you can now “flood” the rest of the cookie with thin icing and get a nice, even border on each cookie. This is how you get that professional cookie finish!
3. Add another tablespoon of milk to each of the four icing bowls. Stir icings until smooth, then transfer to a small plastic ziptop baggie. Snip a corner from each bag and pipe this icing inside the borders of each cookie, matching the “fill” icing to the outside border. Pipe just enough of the icing to cover the top of the cookie.
4. Gently press three mini M&M’s into the top of the icing—red M&M’s on the red icing, blue on the blue icing, and so on.
5. Allow the icing to firm up before serving, about 1-2 hours or overnight.
Brooke McLay writes from high in the mountains of Colorado, where she lives with her four fab children, and works as a freelance recipe developer, food writer, food photographer, and cooking show host for Babble, General Mills, Good Cook, and other sundry companies. Her blog Cheeky Kitchen, has garnered praise for its colorful photographs, wholesome cooking, and lyrical musings. Her first cookbook is scheduled for release in 2014.