Week 20~ Lemon Cookies

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It is starting to feel like summer here in Pennsylvania and I needed a cookie to back that up.  These lemon cookies are that cookie.  The brightness just feels right for this time of year and also I have been buying lemons every time I have gone to the grocery store and then forgetting about them, so I needed to use them up.  It’s sort of ironic because I used to not like lemon in anything at all.  I would go out of my way to avoid it, but over the years I have grown to really love it.  Now, the more lemony the better!!  I tried a couple different recipes and the following is the one I landed on.  They are a soft, light cookie that will have you going back for more, again and again!! I hope you love these lemon cookies as much as I do!

xoxo,

K

Lemon Cookies

Ingredients…

  • 1&3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1&1/2 teaspoons lemon extract

What to do…

  1. In a mixing bowl combine dry ingredients, stir with a whisk and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl if using a hand mixer cream together the softened butter and sugar.
  3. Add in the egg, lemon zest, lemon juice and lemon extract. Mix until combined.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix at medium speed just until mixed.
  5. Cover the bowl and refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  7. Remove chilled dough from refrigerator.
  8. Using a small cookie scoop or rounded tablespoons place cookie dough on cookie sheets.  You can roll dough into balls and press down slightly on them as well.
  9. Bake for 10 minutes.
  10. Allow cookies to cool on cookie sheets for a few minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

*Recipe adapted from Live Well, Bake Often

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