Lemon Sugar Cookies

It is the first weekend of spring and after a week of rain the sun is finally shining. We had our first barbeque of the season to attend and our friends’ new baby to meet. Somehow these cookies seemed perfect for all these occasions: spring, get-togethers and babies. I think it’s the lemon.

So yesterday after a nice walk in the sunshine to go purchase a zester, I baked these cookies and packaged them up to take to our friends. They were excellent and everyone loved them. In fact when I went back for seconds (okay – thirds), they were gone! I will definitely be making (and C requesting) these again soon.

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Lemon Sugar Cookies

Adapted from Baking Bites
Yield: 48 small cookies

2 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter (room temperature)
1 1/2 cups sugar
zest of 2 lemons (reserve 2 teaspoons for the glaze)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Glaze:
1 cup icing sugar
juice of half a lemon
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon light corn syrup

Preheat oven to 375F.

Mix together flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.

In the bowl of the stand mixer, cream together the butter, sugar and lemon zest until fluffy. (This can also be done with an electric hand mixer). Add the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla and beat until combined. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture. Mix until all the flour is incorporated.

Roll the dough into small balls (about 1 inch round) and place on baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes until very slightly browned on the bottom.  Cool on a wire rack.

While the cookies are cooling prepare the glaze. Whisk the icing sugar, lemon juice, zest and corn syrup together until smooth. Using a teaspoon, spread a little bit of glaze over each the top of each cookie. (Note: the cookies are delicious without the glaze, but it is a nice touch and a great way to use up some of the zested lemons).

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4 Responses to Lemon Sugar Cookies

  1. […] Lemon Sugar Cookies « A Year in the Kitchen […]

  2. dragonlife says:

    Dear Meg!
    Greetings from Shizuoka, Japan!
    Thank you so much for accepting my Friendship request!
    Looking forward to sharing!
    At least we share a love for lemon! LOL
    Cheers,
    Robert-Gilles

  3. dragonlife says:

    Dear Meg!
    I forgot to mention that my wordpress url is:
    http://shizuokagourmet.wordpress.com/
    (That is unless you wish to be dragged into my fantasy blog!)

  4. […] You may have noticed that I’ve been on a bit of a lemon kick as of late (see here and here). This, coupled with the opening of a Caffe Artigiano’s down the street which makes the most […]

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