Turtle Icebox Cookies

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I was browsing through some cookbooks and I noticed a recipe for icebox cookies. The book included different shapes that could be made with the dough, like swirls and checkerboards. That got me thinking: what about some other shapes, perhaps animal cookies? I thought back to my childhood and remembered that I found cartoon turtles relatively easy to draw, just a bunch of circles, dots, and lines. Which, more importantly, means that they adapt to icebox cookie form very well. So, I took my old turtle, spruced it up a little, and turned it into a cookie :).
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Step 1: Getting Started

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The great thing about making these cookies is that you don't need a turtle shaped cookie cutter nor do you have to make any frosting. Just a few basic tools, the cookie dough, some sprinkles, and a bit of chocolate are all that's necessary to decorate and shape these cookies!

P.S. The icebox cookie dough recipe is adapted from The ATK Family Baking Book.

3/4 cup + 2 tbsp flour (for the green dough)
1 1/2 cups flour (for the white dough)
2 tbsp matcha powder
16 tbsp (2 sticks) butter, softened at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 egg yolks, at room temperature
2 tsp vanilla extract
black nonpareils
4 oz. semisweet chocolate

round 1" cookie cutter
large straw (like one used for pearl milk tea)
plastic wrap
piping bag

Step 2: Make the Dough

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Cream the butter with the two sugars. Mix in the egg yolks one at a time. Then, mix in the vanilla extract. Split this mixture in thirds and set aside for now.

Get two separate bowls. To one bowl, add 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp flour and 2 tbsp matcha powder. Mix thoroughly. Add one third of the previously split mixture to the matcha and flour and mix until you get a dough.

To the other bowl, add 1 1/2 cups flour. Add the remaining two thirds of the previously split mixture and mix until a dough forms. Now you should have one green matcha cookie dough and one white vanilla cookie dough.
MsMissyG3 years ago
your cute little drawings on each step make it really clear what you mean and i love the thought of using Matcha powder. I dont like nonpearls, but i think ill just add two extra dots of chocolate...or turn two miniature chocolate chips upside down. love these :)
These are simply adorable! Well done!
mammadove3 years ago
Cutest cookies ever!
There so cute! :D
OMG those are some of the cutest cookies i've ever seen!!!
These are so cute!
That is such a cute turtle! I just love your idea. So simple, and so adorable.