Friday, May 2, 2014

Luscious Lemon Sugar Cookies

Luscious Lemon Sugar Cookies

Hi friends!  COOKIE FRIDAY is here again! Today I am featuring these Luscious Lemon Sugar Cookies.  They are the perfect spring and summertime cookie! They turn out gorgeous every time and have amazing flavor!  I started with a my friend Carrie Spencer's cookie dough for toffee cookies and turned them into these beautiful lemon sugar cookies!  These are a wonderful cookie for luncheons, open houses, parties or just for the weekend!  Have a great one!
1 cup sugar
¾ cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon pure lemon extract
1 lemon, juiced and zested
2 cups flour
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  In bowl of electric mixer combine sugar, butter, egg, vanilla, lemon extract and lemon zest. Save the lemon juice for the Lemon Glaze.  Mix until creamy while scraping the bowl often.   In separate bowl mix flour, baking powder and baking soda.  Add to butter mixture and mix until well blended, about 1-2 minutes.  Roll dough into 1 ¼ inch balls.  Roll dough balls in extra granulated sugar and place on ungreased cookie sheet.  Dip bottom of a drinking glass in sugar and flatten dough balls into 2 ¼ inch circles.  Bake for 10-12 minutes, or just until tops of cookies begin to break slightly.  Let cool 2 minutes and remove from cookie sheet.  Cool completely before frosting with Lemon Glaze.

Lemon Glaze

Juice from 1 lemon (from recipe above)
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoon melted butter

In small bowl mix powdered sugar into lemon juice and stir until smooth.  Stir in melted butter and stir until smooth.  With spoon pour ¼- ½ teaspoon glaze on top of each cookie.  With the back of a spoon spread in a glaze in a circular fashion until the top of cookie is covered.  

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