Citrus Slice Sugar Cookies

Citrus slice sugar cookies are a nice way to end the summer, whether you're at home with your family or at the beach enjoying a leisurely weekend.  A simple round cookie cutter is all that you need to make citrus slice sugar cookies by the dozen.  Lemon slices, lime slices and orange slices are sure to entice just about anyone who sees them.

Citrus Slice Sugar Cookies

After rolling out and cutting rounds of whatever size you wish, slice each cookie in half to create the citrus  wedges.  Bake per your recipe instructions and let them cool.  

Royal icing should be made in batches and tinted in leaf green (a few drops of yellow will create a shade of lime), lemon yellow and bright orange.  Leave some plain white icing to pipe the pips and the pith of the citrus slices.

Lemons, Limes and Oranges

Working with flooding-consistency royal icing and #3 piping tips on all of your piping bags, outline and flood the base of a citrus slice in the color of your choice, and while the icing is wet, pipe a bead of white icing near the edge of the cookie following the arc to create the pith.  Add three pips toward the bottom center.  Working quickly, draw the pith downward with a clean decorator's pick or toothpick (wipe the pick on a clean towel in between each section) to create the sections of the lemons, limes and oranges.  Done!

Let the icing dry completely.

Lime Slices & Lemon Slices

If you wish to flock the cookies with sanding sugar, you may do so with a fine, clear sanding sugar while the icing is still wet. 

Citrus Slice Sugar Cookies: Lemons, Limes & Oranges

The idea for these cookies came to me while visiting a bakery in Los Angeles a few weeks back.  I was there to purchase a birthday cake for my brother and noticed a small section of iced sugar cookies.  Being the cookie crafter that I am, I walked over and instantly became smitten with their citrus slice cookies.  I vowed to recreate them upon returning to Pennsylvania.

Lemons, limes and oranges in the form of decorated sugar cookies.  Bake them, decorate them and eat them to your heart's content.  I know you're going to find them irresistible.