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Grandma Babe's Lemon Knots

Yield 4 dozen cookies (serving size: 1 cookie)
Store these tangy cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week. Don't be alarmed at the curdled appearance of the mixture at the end of step two; the cookies turn out fine.


  • Cookies:
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups flour (about 13 1/2 ounces)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Cooking spray
  • Glaze:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon low-fat buttermilk

Nutrition Information

  • calories 72
  • caloriesfromfat 21 %
  • fat 1.7 g
  • satfat 1 g
  • monofat 0.5 g
  • polyfat 0.1 g
  • protein 1.1 g
  • carbohydrate 13.3 g
  • fiber 0.2 g
  • cholesterol 13 mg
  • iron 0.4 mg
  • sodium 34 mg
  • calcium 15 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.

  2. To prepare cookies, place granulated sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Beat in rind and 1/4 cup juice. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition (mixture will look curdled).

  3. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt, stirring well with a whisk. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture; stir with a wooden spoon to form a stiff dough. Turn dough out onto a floured surface; knead 10 to 15 times to form a smooth dough.

  4. Divide dough into 8 equal portions. Working with 1 portion at a time (cover remaining dough to prevent drying), shape each portion into a 30-inch-long rope; cut each rope crosswise into 6 (5-inch) pieces. Tie each dough piece into a knot. Place knots on 2 baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake 1 sheet at a time at 375° for 8 minutes or until bottoms of cookies are lightly browned and tops are still pale. Remove cookies from pan; cool on wire racks.

  5. To prepare glaze, combine powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons juice, and buttermilk; stir until smooth. Dip tops of cookies into glaze; dry on racks.