Only 4 ingredients required to make these buttery penguin cookies.
You will need the following:
300g softened butter
1 cup of icing sugar
3 cups of plain Flour
1 tsp Vanilla extract
Biscuit baking tray
Penguin cookie cutter
Preheat the oven to 160 C and line a biscuit baking tray with baking paper
Put 300g softened butter roughly cut into cubes into your mixing bowl
Sift 1 cup of pure sugar over the softened butter
Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Beat butter, icing sugar and vanilla essence until a creamy consistency.
Sift 3 Cups of plain flour.
Add sifted flour to the creamed butter mixture in 3 portions. Combine the flour with the butter mixture using a large metal spoon.
Form the combined cookie dough into a flattened mound on to a large sheet of baking paper. Wrap up in the baking paper and place in the fridge for 10-15 minutes.
Remove the chilled dough from the fridge and place another large sheet of baking paper over the top of the dough. Start rolling the cookie dough evenly to approximately 3mm using a rolling pin.
Lightly flour your penguin cookie cutter and press firmly onto rolled out dough. Repeat cutting out penguin shapes. You may need a spatula to lift the cut shapes onto your prepared lined baking tray. You can keep gathering up small pieces of dough and rolling out to the desired size until most of the dough is used up. Place the shapes into a preheated oven on lined baking trays.
If there is no space left to bake all of the cookies at once you can place the uncooked cookies in the fridge while the first batch of cookies are baking. Chilling dough helps to minimise the cookies spreading too much while baking. Makes around 40 buttery penguin cookies depending on the thickness of the dough.
Bake in a preheated oven for 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Don't forget to wait for your cookies to cool slightly before you lift them onto a wire cake rack. The cookies are delicate and buttery so care is required when handling.
Store the cooled penguins cookies in an airtight container.
Ever wondered who made those cute little penguin sculptures in Warrnambool's main Street? Well, they were commissioned by the Warrnambool City Council as part of the Liebig Street Renewal Project. Julie Squires is the artist who came up with the concept of the bronze penguin street sculptures called "Where's the Water?" The cheeky penguins are bolted down onto sandstone blocks so they won't go off wandering down the street to Middle Island.
I think Julie Squire's sculptures relate to both young and old and are a nice change from scratching your head thinking, OK what the hell am I looking at here?
In June, the bronze penguins get cosy hand knitted scarves to keep them warm during the chilly Warrnambool winters. And If you happen to be passing by, don't forgot to rub one of our iconic bronze penguins for luck.