Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Lemon Sugar Cookies



I needed a dessert to take to an outdoor concert last weekend.
Since it was quite warm that evening I wanted something that would be light, refreshing and wouldn't melt. 
I decided to try this recipe for Lemon Sugar Cookies.
It proved to be a good decision.
I served them with some cut-up fruit and they were a big hit.
They have that soft sugar cookie texture with a refreshing lemon flavor.
The day after the concert my son had several friends over. The remaining cookies were sitting on the counter, but not for long.  Once the boys tasted them, they couldn't stop eating them.  It seems they were a hit with all who tried them. 
If you like sugar cookies and lemon flavor, then I know you will love these.


Lemon Sugar Cookies


Yield: 3 dozen cookies
Cook Time: 8-10 minutes

ingredients:

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Zest of 2 large lemons
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup granulated sugar for rolling cookies

directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
3. Using a mixer, beat together butter and sugar until smooth and creamy.
4. Add lemon zest, egg, vanilla extract, and lemon juice. Mix until combined. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients.
5. Roll rounded tablespoons of dough into balls and roll in sugar. Place on prepared baking sheets, about 1 1/2 inches apart.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies are slightly brown around the edges and set. Let cookies sit on the baking sheets for two minutes before transferring to a cooling rack
Note:  to keep cookies soft store them in an air tight container with a slice of bread.

Personally, I think they are the perfect cookie to enjoy with an icy cold glass of iced tea.

Note:  For those of you who requested more pictures of the retractable awning, stay tuned. . .



18 comments:

  1. They sound yummy! And I love your daisies...my favorite flower! :-)

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  2. I'm here to see the awning! heehee! And have a glass of tea! Sounds refreshing! I just noticed we are the same temp here as in Asheville...that's unusual!

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  3. The cookies sound wonderful. I have never met a cookie that I didn't like. Love the daisy glasses, so perfect for this post. xo

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  4. Oh those would be wonderful. I do like lemon cookies with a bit of crunch. Do you know how to keep cookies crunchy? Your pictures are always so perfect!

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  5. Those sound delicious. I love lemon. Will definitely be trying these! Enjoy your day!

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  6. Delicious! Thank you!
    It's so hot here; I can't get enough iced tea!

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  7. These sound good! I love my iced tea and have been drinking a lot of it in this hot weather. Will be watching for the awning pics. Yay!!

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  8. I'm a sucker for anything lemon...so these look great to me!

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  9. Oh, something like this, makes me really sorry, that I have to live Gluten Free.

    But....... Some things are just worth it.

    I could try to make some lemon cookies, with G/F makings! :-)

    "Warm summer sun, shine kindly here.
    Warm southern wind blow softly here."

    ~Mark Twain

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  10. those cookies look so good. I wonder if they would work if I used almond flour. I love all things Lemon:)

    its so hot today here in welcome nc I wont be turning on the oven- even for cookies. lol

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  11. The cookies look and sound delicious. I've copied the recipe. My step-dad loves lemon and those sound like they would make a great gift for him. : )

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  12. Ooooo...perfect! I can't wait to try these out, I have been craving lemon flavored desserts :) We're just heading into a nasty heatwave here in NJ so I'll have to wait till the temps normalize :(
    Smiles, DianeM

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  13. My sister-in-law is always looking for new good cookie recipes, and lemon just happens to be one of her favorite flavors. Thank you for sharing these delicious looking cookies.

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  14. Oh My GOSH, I made these cookies yesterday and they are delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I added them to my pinterest so I can always have the recipe at hand. Have a great weekend!
    Patti

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  15. That sounds refreshing! The table with iced-tea, fresh lemons and daisy are perfect for the summertime heat! Did you make the zest yourself with 2 lemons? I've been wanting to try out my vntage mixer and this looks like a nice recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. YUM! I LOVE lemon!! Stealing these for sure! Happy late 4th! xo

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  17. Hi, I am your newest follower. Got your link on another blog (Happyone) and just had to try those lemon cookies. I am going to enjoy following your fun blog. Great pictures. Thanks.

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