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 :).
Step 1: Getting Started
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
4 oz. semisweet chocolate
round 1" cookie cutter
large straw (like one used for pearl milk tea)
Step 2: Make the Dough
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.