Lemon Sugar Cookies

 I have to admit, sugar cookies could possibly be my favorite food.  If only I could live on cookies alone and still fit into my skinny jeans.  I know, dream on.  The thing I love about sugar cookies is they are so versatile.  Using cookie cutters you can cut them into cute shapes and decorate them with  colored frosting for any occasion.  You can also add different flavors to them to change it up a bit.  For example this recipe for lemon sugar cookies is delightful.  It is a sweet blended sugar cookie with fresh lemon juice and zest giving it a tangy lemon twist.  Plus this cookie has a wonderful crisp edge with a soft, chewy center.  A wonderful desert for a summer get together, BBQ’s or school events.  So, go ahead make a batch and see what you think.  I am pretty sure they will be a hit, no matter what occasion you are making them for.

Yield:  3 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • Zest of 2 large lemons (approximately 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (approximately the juice of 1 fresh lemon) 
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar in small bowl for rolling cookies 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Set aside.

3. Using a mixer, beat butter and sugar together until smooth and creamy.

4. Next add lemon zest, egg, vanilla extract and lemon juice. Mix until combined. Gradually add in the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. 

 5. Roll rounded tablespoons of dough into balls and then roll in sugar . Place dough balls on prepared baking sheets,  about 1 1/2 inches apart.

6.  Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies are slightly golden around the edges.

 7. Let cookies sit on the baking sheets for two minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.



 Allow cookies to completely cool and enjoy.  Make sure to store cookies in an airtight container, so they keep their softness.

Adapted from: Two Peas and their Pod

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