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Lemon Butter Cookies

Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Total time 1 hr, 29 mins
Yield Makes about 4 dozen (2 1/4-inch) or 2 dozen (3 1/4-inch) cookies
Cut this lemon-flavored sugar cookie dough into heart shapes and decorate with icing and glaze for Valentine's Day treats.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Parchment paper
  • Royal Icing
  • Colorful Glaze

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Beat butter and zest at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating well.

  2. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Shape dough into a disc.

  3. Roll dough to 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut with a 2 1/4- or 3 1/4-inch heart-shaped cutter; place 1/2 inch apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. If desired, cut 1 or 2 holes at top of each cookie (to hang or thread ribbon through after baking).

  4. Bake at 325° for 12 to 14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks; cool completely (about 20 minutes). Decorate as desired with Royal Icing and Colorful Glaze.