Thursday, May 5, 2016

Cookies for Mom

Only three more days until Mother's Day....  Why not whip up a batch of yummy sugar cookies with delicious lemon icing to show her how special she is!

Mother's Day Cookies 
Makes about 18 cookies
Processing the lemon zest with the sugar helps distribute the lemon flavor. 

Process together in a food processor about 15 seconds:  2/3 cup sugar  1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest 

Beat with an electric mixer 1 cup unsalted butter, softened  Lemon sugar from above  

Add and mix:  1 large egg   1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 

Whisk together, then add and beat to incorporate:  2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour  1/2 teaspoon salt 

Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill until firm. Preheat oven to 350º. 

Roll dough out on a lightly floured counter to 1/4-inch thickness and cut, then transfer cookies onto cookie sheets that have been lined with parchment paper or silicone liners.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until very lightly browned around the edges. Let cookies cool slightly on cookie sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Decorate, if desired, before serving.  

Lemon Icing Melt 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, mix with 3 cups confectioners’ sugar, 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, and a pinch salt until smooth.  

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