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Slice ‘n’ Bake Lemon Gems

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
    about 2 dozen

Ingredients

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

Directions

  • In a small bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in lemon zest. In another bowl, whisk flour and cornstarch; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Refrigerate, covered, 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  • Shape into a 7-in.-long roll (about 1-3/4-in. diameter); roll in colored sugar. Wrap in plastic; refrigerate 2-3 hours or until firm.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. Unwrap and cut dough crosswise into 1/4-in. slices. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 9-11 minutes or until set and edges are light brown. Cool on pans 1 minute. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, mix icing ingredients; spread over cookies. Let stand until set.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 117 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 46mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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