Zero waste, everything gets eaten, even the place cards!
Check out this charming table setting idea with edible custom place cards.
For the place card cookies:
- 180 g butter
- 160 g cane sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 350 g flour
- 1 egg
For the royal icing:
- 1 tablespoon egg white
- ½ tablespoon LIMMI lemon juice
- 80 g confectioners’ sugar
Beat together the softened butter, vanilla extract and cane sugar. Add the egg and flour, and knead to form a very elastic dough. Shape the dough into a ball, and let it harden in the fridge for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, roll the dough out on a floured pastry board with a rolling pin.
Cut the dough into the shape of a luggage tag with a knife, meaning a rectangle, with one side shaped like a trapezoid (isosceles trapezoid).
You can also use cookie cutters shaped like hearts, stars or circles if you prefer. Next, poke a hole near the edge of each cookie with a toothpick (if you made luggage tags, place the hole on the trapezoid-shaped side).
Bake the cookies at 180° C for 10/15 minutes, till perfectly golden brown, and set them aside to cool while you prepare the royal icing.
With a whip, beat together the egg white and lemon juice. As soon as the egg white starts to “foam”, meaning it begins to froth (we don’t have to whisk it till stiff), add the 80 g of confectioners’ sugar, one tablespoon at a time.
You’ll know that the icing has reached the proper consistency if it clings to the whip when lifted.
To keep the icing from hardening with exposure to the air, place it into a pastry bag and use that to decorate the place cards. Lastly, use a chocolate or other edible coloured ink marker to write your guests’ names on the cookies.
Wait about 15 minutes, and then tie a coloured ribbon through the hole made on each tag with a toothpick. This will allow you to hang the cookie name tag on a small tree or tie it to the napkin.