Friday, March 18, 2011

Lemon Cookies

I love lemons!!  No seriously, I LOVE them!!  As a child I was often found in my Grammy's backyard picking lemons from her tree and peeling them and eating them like an orange.  I love lemon cake, lemonade, lemon tarts, lemon pie, lemon drops, lemon heads, lemon bars and my new recipe for lemon cookies (and those are just the lemon desserts...)
My mother-in-law has a lemon tree so a couple weeks back Casey and the boys picked a bunch of lemons from her tree and I decided to put them to good use!!  This recipe is pretty easy, super yummy and low-cal (for a cookie!)   These cookies are definitely tart, but with just the right amount of sweetness!

Lemon Cookies
1 1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
5 tbsp butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar, plus a little more for dusting
1 egg, separated
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 medium sized lemon, zest and 3 tablespoons juice
parchment paper
In one bowl mix all dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt).  In another bowl (or mixer) zest the lemon over the bowl and then add butter and mix together.  Next add in the sugar and egg yolk and mix for about a minute.  Add to the wet ingredients 1/2 of the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.  Now add in the lemon juice and the vanilla along with the rest of the dry ingredients.  Mix until just combined, your dough will be dense.  Gather your dough and roll it into a log (about 8x2 inches).  Cover with plastic wrap and stick in the fridge for about an hour.  While you are waiting for your dough to get ready preheat your oven to 350 and line your cookie sheets with parchment paper.  Also take your egg yolk and add about of tsp of water and mix together.  When the dough is ready slice the dough into 1/4 inch discs and place on parchment lined cookie sheets.  Brush the tops with your egg wash mixture and dust with sugar.  Put in the oven for 7-9 minutes and you will have about 32 delicious, soft but crisp lemon cookies :)  Try not to eat them all in one sitting!!

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