Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Sunny Cookies

A few weeks ago the kids and I made these simple cookies to celebrate the Solstice. It seems hard to believe that the longest day is already behind us and our days will be getting shorter. I hope you enjoy making these cookies and loving the long days while we have them.

Sunny Lemon Cookies

1/2 C. Butter (softened)
1/2 C. Sugar
1 egg
Cream the sugar and butter together. Add the egg in and blend well.

1 tsp. Lemon Zest
2 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
(this really makes them special instead of lemon extract)

1 1/2 C. Flour
1/2 tsp. Baking powder
1/8 tsp. Salt
Mix all ingredients together. This dough is very soft. Refrigerate for two hours or until firm.
When dough is firm preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Roll out the dough on a floured surface. I rolled mine out in three batches because this gets very warm quickly and once warm it is impossible to do anything with. Don't re-roll out your dough too much because it gets tough and it picks up too much flour and that throws off the taste of the cookies.
Place cut cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet. I did line mine with parchment paper but my cookie sheets are old and creepy looking so I always line them. You can sprinkle the tops of the cookies with granulated sugar before you bake them for decoration but they are yummy without the extra sugar.

Bake 8-10 minutes until edges start to brown. Let cool on tray for 1 minute then finish cooling on a wire rack.

This recipe is great because you only get 12 to 18 cookies from it just enough for everyone to enjoy with out having so many that you don't know what to do with them all. These cookies would be lovely with tea. My little monsters very much enjoyed them with milk :)

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