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Lemon Shortbreads Recipe
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Every year my mom and I collect cookie recipes we want to try and then get together in early December for an afternoon of baking. These no-fail lemon cookies have become an annual tradition. They're a wonderful homemade holiday gift. —Kristen Johnson, Greendale, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 48 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • GLAZE:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Colored sugar

Directions

  1. Beat butter, sugars and salt until blended; beat in lemon peel. Gradually beat in flour. Divide dough in half. Shape each into a disk; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Let dough stand at room temperature 5-10 minutes to soften slightly.
  2. Preheat oven to 325°. Roll each portion of dough between two pieces of waxed paper to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut dough with a floured 1-1/2-in. diamond-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on lightly greased baking sheets.
  3. Bake until bottoms are lightly browned, 7-10 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. For glaze, mix confectioners' sugar, lemon peel and lemon juice until smooth; spread over cookies. Sprinkle with colored sugar. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Lemon Shortbreads in Simple & Delicious October/November 2011, p63

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.


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BetseyWR
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2014

"Made these for my family reunion. My older sister said " never again " cause she kept eating them! Took a little bit extra time to bake but worth the effort. Very Lemony and quite good. Cut them into almost a 2 bite size. Excellent."

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chelle50882
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2012

"But I couldn't roll it out so I formed a log, chilled very well, then sliced 1/4 inch then baked."

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chelle50882
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2012

"Baking time was off by about ten minutes. Love the lemony flavor, texture was just right!"

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Sarahtoo
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2012

"I made these according to the recipe, and though they did take a few minutes longer to bake, once they were done, the consistency and flavor was great! I made them small--I used bite-size Christmas cookie cutters in various shapes--and it was hard not to just pop them in my mouth as I went along! These are sure to be a hit!"

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TanglewoodVillas
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2012

"I think perhaps that the time stated for baking is a bit short. It took my 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch scalloped rectangles 15-20 minutes to bake to a finished consistency."

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kramerstacey15
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2012

"They were pasty. Once you took a bite it was like a mouthful of glue."

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jackie.baker
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2012

"These cookies are delicious. The only issue I had was the cooking time. After 6-8 on 325 they were still basically raw. I had to turn my oven up to 350."

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debs_place
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2012

"I used a German Springerle Cookie Rolling Pin, then a pizza cutter to cut the cookies a part. The dough was kind of sticky and needed some flour to work with it but it was fast and easy.

I work with developmentally disabled adults and they made the cookies as described above and they all loved them.
I made several batches at home as well."

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finnegan1
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2011

"This cookie has become my favorite Christmas cookie. Has a very crisp, fresh lemon flavor in contrast to other cookies on the Christmas tray. Is, however, time consuming to make."

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jenjen1177
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"Turned out beautiful and very gourmet-looking. (I used a circle cutter.) The dough was difficult to mix and work with, but it did turn out very flaky. Don't know if I'd make again due to time involved. The glaze is fantastic, though, and I will definitely make that again."

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