Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Lemon Sugar Cookies

Posted by: Maggie

lemon sugar cookies

What you'll need:

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Zest of one large lemon, finely minced
4 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar for rolling cookies

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and line your cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

Using a mixer, cream together butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy. Beat in egg, vanilla extract, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients.

At this point I chilled the dough for about 40 minutes, but it's optional. My butter was extremely soft when I started the recipe, so I thought it was necessary based on the consistency of the dough.

Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and roll in sugar. Place on lined cookie sheets about 1 1/2 inches apart.

Bake 8-10 minutes in preheated oven. Let stand on cookie sheets for 2 minutes before removing and cooling on a wire rack.

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