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These lemon shortbread cookies are a classic and one that you’ll want to have on hand for special occasions or even for every day. Make the dough ahead and freeze until you’re ready to do some baking.

These lemon shortbread cookies are a classic and one that you'll want to have on hand for special occasions or even for every day. Make the dough ahead and freeze until your ready to do some baking | Rootsy.org

If you are looking for a simple but yummy cookie recipe to serve during the holidays, you found it. This shortbread cookie recipe is different from storebought cookies you may have purchased. They bake up soft and flakey and the hint of lemon adds a bit of surprise.

Terrific on their own, the lemon icing is refreshing and not too sweet.  You can make the dough ahead of time, roll it out, cut into cookie shapes, and freeze until you are ready to do the baking.

Lemon Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon zest (1 ½ tsp if zest is dehydrated)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cream butter, sugar and vanilla together.
  3. Add lemon juice and zest
  4. Add in flour. The dough will be crumbly. Grab a large handful and begin shaping it into a ball. The more you work with the dough the easier it will be to work with.
  5. Roll out dough (I like to do this between sheets of wax paper) to about 1/4 inch thickness.
  6. Cut out shapes.
  7. Put shapes on a baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes. They are ready when edges begin to turn brown.
  8. Let them cool slightly before removing them from the baking sheet. Finish cooling on a rack.

Make Icing

Ingredients:

  • 2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon zest (1 ½ tsp if zest is dehydrated)

Instructions:

  1. Mix sugar, milk, and lemon juice and zest together until smooth. Add more powdered sugar if too thin
  2. Put into a ziplock bag and cut one corner off.
  3. Pipe onto cookies and decorate as desired.

These lemon shortbread cookies are a classic and one that you'll want to have on hand for special occasions or even for every day. Make the dough ahead and freeze until your ready to do some baking | Rootsy.org

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Shelle Wells is the founder of the popular websites PreparednessMama.com and Rockin W Homestead.com and believes that everyone should be prepared for the big and small disasters of life. She helps people do this by teaching them to build their food storage, grow a family garden, and to be as self-reliant as possible no matter where they live.
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