Thursday, April 29, 2010
Cookie Recipe #117 - Lemon Cutout Cookies
"I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!" Actually, there is no ice cream involved in this recipe, just lots of lick-smacking lemon. You can use whatever shape of cookie cutter you desire to achieve the same results.
Ingredients: 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, 1/2 cup butter, softened, 1 egg, 1/3 cup lemon juice, 1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, sprinkles & food coloring (optional).
Instructions: Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside. In large mixing bowl, beat sugar and butter until fluffy; beat in egg. Gradually add dry ingredients alternately with lemon juice; mix well (dough will be soft). Cover and chill overnight in refrigerator or 2 hours in freezer.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll out dough, one third at a time, to 1/8 inch thickness on a floured surface. Cut out shapes with desired cookie cutters dipped in flour. Place 1 inch apart on prepared sheets.
Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove and allow to cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes before transferring to cooling racks.
When cookies are completely cooled, make icing as follows: Mix confectioners' sugar and lemon juice together until smooth and of spreading consistency. Add food coloring, if desired, and top with sprinkles.
Makes 3-4 dozen cookies.
"Treasury of Holiday Cookies", Publications International, LTD, Lincolnwood, IL, 1994.