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Six cookies with panda faces drawn on with black and white icing.

Panda cookies

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These cute panda cookies, with a zesty hint of lemon are great fun to bake and decorate. Children will love these and they work as a fantastic party favour at kids birthday parties. If you prefer a different flavoured cookie, replace the lemon with a few drops of flavoured extract.

Key Information

  • Prep:
  • Bake:
  • Serves:10
  • Skill level:easy

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For the cookies

  • 1 1 Lemon(s)
  • 100g 3½ oz Butter (unsalted)
  • 100g 3½ oz Unrefined golden caster sugar (we use Billington's) Unrefined golden caster sugar
  • 175g 6¼ oz Plain white flour (we use Allinson) Plain white flour
  • 1 1 Egg yolk(s) (free range)

For the buttercream icing

  • 300g 10⅝ oz Royal icing sugar (we use Silver Spoon)
  • Designer icing (black) (we use Silver Spoon Create)
  • Chocolate buttons

Change Units

The Method Enter Bake mode

  1. Classic mode Step 1

    Preheat the oven at 180°C (160°C fan, 350°F, gas mark 4). Draw an 8 cm circle onto a piece of card (use a cup or a pastry cutter as a guide) then using a smaller cutter, draw 2 smaller circles on top to make ears. Cut out the panda head shape.

  2. Classic mode Step 2

    Grate the lemon zest and squeeze 1 tbsp lemon juice.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 1 1 Lemon(s)
  3. Classic mode Step 3

    Place the lemon zest, butter, sugar and flour in a food processor and blend until it makes fine crumbs, add the egg yolk and lemon juice (you may not need to use the full amount) and blend again for a few seconds. Gather the mixture into a ball and chill if necessary.

    Ingredients for this step

  4. Classic mode Step 4

    Roll the dough on a work surface lightly dusted with flour, to a thickness of a £1 coin.  Cut out the panda head shapes using the template and place on a baking tray. Re-roll the remaining dough and repeat the process. Bake cookies for 14-15 minutes until just golden at the edges, allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing from the baking tray to cool.

  5. Classic mode Step 5

    Mix the royal icing sugar with a few drops to make a soft icing and fill a piping bag with a small piping nozzle. You may want to test the consistency by piping a few strings of icing on to your worktop.

  6. Classic mode Step 6

    Hold the piping bag about 1/2″ away from your cookie and pipe the icing around the outline of the panda head shape. Leave the icing to set hard.

  7. Classic mode Step 7

    Mix together royal icing sugar with water to make a runnier consistency, this will be used to flood the cookies. Fill a piping bag and gently cover the cookies with the white icing. Leave to set.

  8. Classic mode Step 8

    When the white icing is dry, use the black designer icing to pipe the ears, eyes and mouth. Use chocolate sweets for the centre of the eyes and nose.

    Ingredients for this step

    • Designer icing (black) (we use Silver Spoon Create)
    • Chocolate buttons