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Slice 'n' Bake Lemon Gems Recipe
Slice 'n' Bake Lemon Gems Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Slice 'n' Bake Lemon Gems Recipe

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Rolled in colorful sprinkles, these melt-in-your-mouth cookies are pretty enough for a party. I make a lot of them for holiday cookie trays. (Complete your cookie tray with Chocolate Pretzel Rings.) —Delores Edgecomb, Atlanta, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:28 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 28 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup colored nonpareils
  • LEMON ICING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 102 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 35 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in lemon peel. Combine flour and cornstarch; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  2. Shape into a 1-3/4-in.-diameter roll; roll in nonpareils. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until firm.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°. Unwrap and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 9-11 minutes or until set and edges are lightly browned. Cool 1 minute before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. In a small bowl, combine icing ingredients. Spread over cookies. Yield: 28 cookies.
Originally published as Slice 'n' Bake Lemon Gems in Taste of Home April/May 2008, p39

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 102 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 35 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

Reviews for Slice 'n' Bake Lemon Gems

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Reviewed Jan. 18, 2014

Great cookies. I'm generous with the lemon, and everyone (except lemon haters) love these

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Reviewed Mar. 31, 2013

The icing is the best part of this recipe and I would use it on another sugar cookie recipe, but these cookies are too dry...almost like a tasteless shortbread.

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Reviewed Mar. 26, 2013

These lemon Slice 'n' Bake cookies are quick and easy to mix and bake. I left my roll of dough in the refrigerator over night and then divided the roll in thirds before baking. I used three different colors of sugar for Easter and they were so very pretty.

Next time I would double the dough and also cut them a little thicker so they are not quite so fragile.

I took them to a church bake sale. Everyone thought they were delicious and lemony...esp. the yummy lemon glaze.

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Reviewed Apr. 20, 2012

* To add to my review, it would be easy to make these for Valentines Day: Omit lemon zest, add Almond Extract, roll in red/white nonparelis, then shape into heart shape, and tint the frosting pink.

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Reviewed Apr. 16, 2012

Bravo! I added yellow food coloring to the icing so they didn't look plain, even with rainbow nonparelis. Loved the icing with fresh lemon juice and zest. Will be adding Lemon extract next time.

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