Lemon Cookies

December 24 , 2014 by: Marga Munson Dessert, Holidays

These might be my new favorite cookie. The lemon flavor is subtle but full. The sweetness is just enough. The balance of flavors is really quite good. Mike gave me 2 thumbs up on them, which I would usually take with a grain of salt, but he actually seemed really enthused about these. And he kept sneaking in and eating them, which I took as a very good sign!

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Lemon Cookies

Makes about 3 dozen

1 stick of butter, at room temp
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg, at room temp
2 tspn vanilla extract
1 tspn lemon zest
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 cups flour
1/2 tspn baking powder
a pinch of salt
turbinado sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add the egg, vanilla, lemon zest and juice and mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt and then gradually add it to the wet ingredients. Drop onto a prepared baking sheet using a small ice cream scooper. Sprinkle the tops of the cookies with the turbinado sugar and then bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the edges are nice and golden brown. Let them sit on the sheets for several minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Like I said, these are fantastic. The lemon flavor was a welcome treat after so much chocolate and heavy sweets this season! And you can always add a little more turbinado sugar after they bake. The crunch of the sugar is perfect with the lemon sweetness!

Happy Holidays!

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