Makes 4 to 8 dolls, depending on how large you make them.
4 cups flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
6 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
About 2/3 cup milk
4 whole uncooked eggs, room temperature
Currants, pine nuts, mini chocolate chips for garnish
1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water for egg wash
Colored candy sprinkles
Color eggs before starting and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In another
bowl, beat together the eggs, vanilla, and lemon zest. Stir the mixture into the
dry ingredients. Stir in the melted butter. Gradually stir in enough milk to form
a dough. Form the dough into a ball, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate
for 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 large baking sheets.
On a floured work surface, divide the dough into either 4 or eight pieces.
With 8 pieces your dolls will be approximately 6 inches tall x 2-1/2 inches
Work with one piece of dough at a time.
To make a doll, take off a portion of the dough the size of a small egg and set it
aside. Shape the remainder into 3 balls, each one slightly smaller than the
next (like a snowman). Arrange the balls on one of the prepared baking sheets.
Flatten each one slightly. Press a whole colored egg into the bottom section of
the doll. Pinch off a piece of the reserved dough and form into 2 thin ropes.
Crisscross the ropes over the egg and press the ends into the body of the doll.
Use the remaining dough to make arms, hair, mouth, etc. Add currants, pine
nuts, or other edible items to decorate the doll. Repeat with the remaining
portions of dough.
Brush the egg wash over the dolls. Decorate with candy sprinkles.
Bake for 30 minutes, or until browned. Cool on wire racks.
Note: Follow the same method to make other shaped figures, if desired.