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lemon cookies

lemon cookies | photo by: James Padilla

This is a really versatile cookie recipe and one that I particularly like to make in the spring, for brunch or for Easter. For simple sugar cookies, follow recipe exactly, omitting lemon juice and zest. For iced lemon cookies, drizzle cookies with lemon icing.

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 egg
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
Juice from 1 lemon
Zest from 2 lemons

Lemon Icing, optional
1 1/4 cups confectioner’s sugar
Juice from 2 lemons

1. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.
2. Using a standing mixer or hand mixer, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and mix until well incorporated. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture until just combined. Add lemon juice and zest and mix again. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and form into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
3. Using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll dough out until 1/2-inch thick. Using a 3-inch cookie cutter, cut dough into circles and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Roll out remaining dough and continue until finished. Cover baking sheet with plastic wrap and refrigerate for another 2 hours.
4. Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake cookies until edges are just lightly golden brown, about 8-10 minutes. Remove cookies and cool on a wire rack.
5. In a small bowl, combine confectioner’s sugar and lemon juice. Drizzle cookies with lemon icing (if using) and allow to set, about 1 hour, before serving.

Makes approximately 10 cookies.

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