I've always loved shortbread and enjoy the extra flavor of this lemony version. The dough is well "suited" for cutting out cookies in heart, spade, diamond and club shapes as late-night treats for card players.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 to 2 tablespoons grated lemon peel
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- In a bowl, cream the butter, sugar and lemon peel. Add flour; mix well. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. Divide dough in half. Flatten each portion and roll out between two pieces of waxed paper to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with 2-in. cookie cutters into desired shapes (such as hearts, spades, diamonds and clubs). Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 325° for 15-20 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Cool on wire racks. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Originally published as Card Trick Cookies in Taste of Home February/March 1999, p37
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