Union Jack Flag Cookies | Pastry Recipes

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  • These flag cookies look so professional, but they’re inexpensive and fairly easy to make.

    If you have some time to get creative, these flag cookies are the perfect addition to any street party or patriotic celebration for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. You’ll have to focus on getting the right red and blue icing, but it’s not as hard as you might think. And in fact, we think a little imperfection makes them even more beautiful. It gives them a homey feel that you can’t beat. To arrange them nicely, fill a jar with uncooked rice. Place a circle of paper on the rice and punch holes in the paper to stick the flags on. This way they will stay upright and not lie against each other.

    Ingredients

    • 250g plain flour

    • 125g unsalted butter, softened

    • 150g caster sugar

    • A few drops of vanilla extract

    • 1 medium egg

    • For decoration

    • 500 g bag of white sugar paste

    • 500 g bag of royal icing sugar

    • Food coloring in red, blue and brown paste

    • golden sugar balls

    • Flag cookie cutter, eg Lakeland

    • Cookie sticks, e.g. Wilton (no lollipop sticks)

    • You will also need:

    • Baking sheets, lined with parchment paper

    • Small disposable piping bags

    • N° 2 smooth piping tubes, optional

    Method

    • Set the oven to 160°C/320°F/Gas mark 3.

    • To do the cookies: Place the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and whisk until just combined. Use a spatula to shape the dough into a ball. Alternatively, pour the flour into a bowl and rub in the butter, add the remaining ingredients and work into a paste. Wrap the dough in cling film and refrigerate until firm enough to handle.

    • Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to about 5 mm (¼ inch) thick and use the cutter to cut out shapes. Insert a cookie stick into each cookie, pressing it almost to the top of the cookie. If the stick goes through the dough, break off some trimmings and press pieces on all the holes. Place them on baking sheets. Reroll the ornaments as many times as necessary to get the most cookies.

    • Bake the cookies in the middle of the oven for 20 to 30 minutes or until the cookies start to turn a light golden color around the edges.

    • Decorate: When the biscuits are almost cooked, knead the sugar dough to soften it then spread it on a surface lightly dusted with icing sugar to about 3mm (inches) thick. Use the craft knife to cut flag shapes out of it. When the cookies come out of the oven, place the gumpaste flags directly on them and the heat from these will soften the gumpaste and stick to the cookies.

    • Cool cookies on baking sheets for a few minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

    • Prepare the royal icing according to the instructions on the package and color some of the icing red, blue and brown, adding water if necessary, to give a fluffy consistency. Keep frosting bowls covered with damp cloths when not in use. Fill the piping bags with the colored icing, which either have nozzles or the ends of the pocket have been cut to make small holes. Apply the flag and mast design to each cookie. As soon as each post is piped, glue a golden ball on top. Let the icing dry before serving the cookies.

    Best tip for making flag cookies

    If you don’t have a flag cookie cutter or cookie sticks, you can still apply the design to rectangle-shaped cookies and serve on a plate.

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