Do you ever have one of those days when you might just want to take an afternoon break for yourself, grab a book, and just relax for a bit? I feel like that at times and maybe I also want to indulge in a sweet treat but something on the lighter side. And loving lemons as I do, this cookie is the perfect pick me up afternoon treat.
Lemon Shortbread Cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes plus chilling time
Cook Time: 10-12 minutes
Makes about 2 dozen
- 2 cups flour
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 sticks unsalted butter (soft)
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- colored sprinkling sugar if desired
- Combine the flour, cornstarch and salt in a medium sized bowl
- In a larger mixing bowl beat the butter and powdered sugar until it becomes light and fluffy. Next mix in the vanilla and zest.
- Take the dry ingredients and gradually add them to the butter mixture until it is well blended.
- Flatten into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap - - keep refrigerated for one hour.
- Preheat oven to 350
- On a lightly floured large cutting board roll the dough 1/4" thick. Use a cookie cutter (your choice), cut and place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. (about 1" apart)
- Bake until the bottoms are light brown which takes about 10-12 minutes and be sure to not overbake. Cool on cookie sheets for 5 minutes then place on wire rack to cool completely.
- To make frosting whisk the powdered sugar and lemon juice together, frost cookie and sprinkle with sugar if desired
Note: I was inspired to make this recipe from Barbara Bakes
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I really love how light this cookie is and how it just melts in your mouth. If you aren't a fan of lemons, feel free to leave out the lemon zest and keep it plain vanilla - another good substitute would be to use almond extract. For the frosting, you could use a bit of extract and milk. However you want to make it your own, you will be pleased with the results!
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