Saturday, August 21, 2010

LEMON CRISP COOKIES

1 stick butter (unsalted is best), softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tbsp finely grated lemon peel
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour*

DRIZZLE:

1 cup powdered sugar
5 or 6 tsps lemon juice
Yellow sugar sprinkles

*For a healthier cookie use 1 cup all-purpose flour and 1/4 cup whole wheat flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar together for two minutes or until fluffy. Beat in the egg, lemon juice, lemon peel, vanilla extract, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Beat the mixture until well mixed. On low speed, beat in the flour/flours just until blended. Do not overbeat the dough!

Drop the cookie dough onto ungreased baking sheets using a teaspoon. Place cookies approximately 1 1/2-inches apart. Bake at 350 degrees 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden brown. Allow to cool on the baking sheets for about a minute then remove to wire racks to cool completely. When cookies are cool, make the drizzle by stirring the powdered sugar and lemon juice together in a small bowl. Use just enough lemon juice to made mixture thin enough to drizzle without being runny. Drizzle over the tops of the cookies and sprinkle the yellow sugar candies over all.

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