Lemon Butter Cookies

Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Buffy Hargett

Cut this lemon-flavored sugar cookie dough into heart shapes and decorate with icing and glaze for Valentine's Day treats.

Yield: Makes about 4 dozen (2 1/4-inch) or 2 dozen (3 1/4-inch) cookies
Total:
Recipe from Southern Living

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Recipe Time

Total: 1 Hour, 29 Minutes


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

Preparation

  1. 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. 2. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Shape dough into a disc.
  3. 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. 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.
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