How have I never thought of this before! They are called EMPIRE cookies! Inspiration finally hit when Mr. C and I were discussing the possibility of opening a comic book shop slash bakery, and I decided that every baked good must have some sort of geeky reference in the name. Stay tuned for Wookie Pies.
Empire (Strikes Back!) Cookies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1 1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened
1 c. icing sugar, plus extra for icing
1 c. corn starch
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. almond extract, plus 1 tsp. for icing
seedless raspberry jam
Cream butter with icing sugar until fluffy. Add corn starch and cream again. Stir in almond extract. Gradually add the flour and mix well until soft. Roll out dough on floured surface to about 3mm thickness. Cut into desired shapes (Death Stars! Well…round, actually) and place on lined cookie sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until edges just start to turn golden. Let cool.
Next, sandwich the cooled cookies with a spoonful of seedless raspberry jam. To prepare the icing, mix a couple of cups of icing sugar with enough warm water to make a thick paste-like consistency. Add a few smears of black food colouring and the rest of the almond extract and frost cookies! Decorate with gel (I made whole Death Stars here, but feel free to make the Death Star II work in progress). Let sit for a few minutes to let the icing harden, otherwise they will become a huge mess if you stack them!
EAT! And may the Force be with you.