Sunday, May 10, 2015

Fiori di Sicilia Sugar Cookies

Fiori di Sicilia.

Have you heard of or ever used this special flavoring?

I have an obsession with "secret" ingredients. And this cookie features two. 

The first one, Fiori di Sicilia or "Flowers of Sicily", is to be used sparingly. A little goes a long way. The scent and flavor is a heavenly mix of floral, citrus and vanilla. You can order your own here!

My other favorite is Vanilla Bean Crush. With a crazy good combination of Madagascar Bourbon and Tahitian Vanilla beans, I use this liberally in my candies and baked goods.
But the best part is a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this vanilla go to support breast cancer research!
I made these cookies last week as I knew I would be down (literally and figuratively) for a while.
I've just had the first of three foot surgeries.
I will have to miss Mother's Day at church Sunday..sad..and I won't be able to kick around in my kitchen..bummer..for a while.

But on the bright side, I've made a couple of sweet treats with lots of photographs that I get to sit and sift through to keep me occupied for a few days. That and the fact that my hubby is pampering me makes recuperating not so bad after all! are the ingredients for these sweet and soft cookies.
 In case you missed the link for this flavoring, here it is one more time.
Once you make your dough and chill it, just roll into balls (I used a tablespoon scoop) and place on parchment lined pan. Bake @ 350 for 12 minutes or just until the edges are  lightly browned.
 I wanted to pretty my little cookies up. 
I think this simple tiny fondant flower does the trick along with some yummy sugar icing. 
 Roll out fondant and cut with a tiny little flower fondant cutter dusted with powdered sugar. 
Just a dab of water will hold the sugar pearl when pressed into the center of the flower.
You can just use a clean, dry paintbrush to remove the excess sugar.
 I made this simple sugar icing to dip my cookies in.
Two cups of powdered sugar stirred together with three tablespoons of milk
 and 1/4 teaspoon of Fiori di Sicilia does the trick.
 The cookies do look mighty let's get to the fun part. Dip the cookie into icing and flip back over. Sprinkle on some colored sugar and place a flower on each one.
That's so much better..and yummy too!
Fiori di Sicilia Sugar Cookies

1 cup coconut oil
1 1/2 sticks butter softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla bean crush
1/4 teaspoon fiori di sicilia
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

In a mixer bowl, cream coconut oil, butter and sugars.
In a small separate bowl, lightly mix eggs and flavorings. Add to butter mixture, mix well.
Combine flour and baking soda and add gradually just till combined.
Chill dough.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Roll cookie dough into one tablespoon size balls. 
Place on parchment lined baking pan and bake 12 minutes or until edges are just lightly browned.
 Let cool.

Sugar Icing

2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon fiori di sicilia
(colored sugar for decoration)

Gently stir all ingredients together.
Dip cookie into icing. Flip over and sprinkle with colored sugar.

Fondant Flowers

sugar pearls 
powdered sugar

Roll out fondant. Dust cutter with sugar and cut out flowers.
Dab a drop of water to center of flower and press in sugar pearl.

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  1. Now that is something I've never heard of and thanks to you, I can't wait to try it. Hope you're back in the kitchen real soon! :)

    1. Thank you so much Kim! I know you're gonna love it when you try it! :o)

  2. my these sound super fancy schmancy! and not to mention delish :) one needs to sip a cup of tea with their pinky in the air for these! hehe

    1. Haha..thanks Lisa! I'm going to get right on that! :)

    2. OH GOSH! i forgot to wish you well on your foot surgeries! i'm so sorry i got sidetracked with all the yumminess in these cookies! :>O my left foot's messed up too-it must really be all the standing we do in our kitchens like you said!?!

    3. You're so sweet Lisa! Thank you so much for the well wishes. I'm sorry to hear that you are experiencing foot problems as well..sounds like we all need a little "footloose" vacay! ;)

  3. I am so intrigued by the flavorings you used; they sound great! The cookies are so pretty too. I hope your foot surgeries all go well and you have a smooth, quick recovery. I have had two surgeries on my feet, and may have another in the future...we'll see.
    Happy (late) Mother's Day, Karen!

    1. Thank you so much Sue. It must be all the time we spend in the kitchen on our "poor feet"! ;)