Photo: Kana Okada; Styling: Sara Quessenberry
Makes 48 cookies

How to Make It

With an electric mixer, beat the butter and granulated sugar until fluffy. Add the egg yolks, vanilla, and salt and beat to combine. Gradually add the flour, mixing until just incorporated.

Divide the dough in half and shape into 1 1/4-inch-diameter logs. Wrap in wax paper and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

Heat oven to 350° F. Slice the logs into 3/8-inch-thick pieces and space them 1 1/2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until lightly golden, 16 to 20 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling racks to cool completely.

In a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners' sugar, lemon juice, and zest until it forms a thick but pourable glaze (add more lemon juice if necessary). Dip the top of each cookie into the glaze and let set, about 15 minutes.

To Wrap: Give a nut tin a second life. Wipe it clean with a damp towel, then peel off the label. Tie a bow with extra-wide ribbon to hide any glue remnants. Note: If nut allergies are a concern, use a coffee can instead.

To Freeze: Instead of refrigerating the dough, freeze the logs for up to 2 months. To bake, follow the recipe instructions, cutting and baking the dough from frozen, and use the upper end of the time range.

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Ratings & Reviews

KrissyB's Review

December 16, 2012

LeighAnnHewes's Review

December 24, 2011
Great shortbread by itself, but the fresh lemon glaze makes them INCREDIBLE!

eppercival's Review

December 10, 2011

RJB916's Review

December 21, 2010
These little cookies were a HUGE hit at my office cookie exchange! The lemon flavor is so fresh and tasty. I'll be making them again for family to enjoy on Christmas day!

kellergirl's Review

December 23, 2009
Love these!!! Wanted something a bit different for Christmas this year ... not choloclate or peppermint. These are perfect. I rolled mine a little smaller than suggested so only baked 12 minutes. Nice size with coffee or a cup of tea! Will definitely make again. PS huband didn't care for sea salt, chrystals