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Cooky cameos; easy to make with edible flowers.

Easy to make with edible flowers

Pretty as a picture, these flower-topped cookies make perfect treats for May Day or Mother's Day. With a little supervision, youngsters can shape the cooky frames, spread the syrup "glue," then anchor the edible flowers. An adult should do the baking and make the syrup.

Posy Cookies

3 pared strips of orange peel (orange

part only), each 3 inches long

1 cup sugar

1/3 cup water

Cooky frames (recipe follows)

About 2 dozen edible flowers (choices
 follow), rinsed and drained dry, stem
 ends pinched off

In a 1- to 1 1/2-quart pan, boil peel, sugar, and water on high heat (don't stir) until syrup reaches 238 [degrees]; for accurate reading, tilt pan so syrup covers thermometer base. Discard peel; let syrup stand undisturbed until warm to touch, 30 to 40 minutes. Into each cooky frame, spread 1 teaspoon syrup, then press in 1 or 2 flowers. Let stand until syrup is firm, about 4 hours; if held longer, wrap airtight (do not stack) up until next day. Makes 16. Per cooky: 199 cal.; 2.1 g protein; 9.1 g fat; 28 g carbo.; 93 mg sodium; 40 mg chol.

Cooky frames. Rub with your fingers until fine crumbs 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup sugar, and 3/4 cup (3/8 lb.) butter or margarine, cut into chunks. Stir in 1 large egg until dough sticks together. Pat 2-tablespoon-size balls of dough into 3-inch rounds, each at least 1 inch apart, on 1 or 2 baking sheets, each 12 by 15 inches. Pinch cooky edges to make rims; press rims lightly with fork tines. Bake in a 300 [degrees] oven until golden, about 30 minutes. If using 1 oven, switch pan positions after 15 minutes. Let cool on pan. If made ahead, store airtight up until next day; freeze to store longer.

Edible flowers. Select pesticide-free unbruised primroses (except Chinese primroses, Primula obconica), johnny-jump-ups, nasturtiums, roses (petals only), violas, or violets.
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