Thursday, February 13, 2014

recipe | lemon shortbread cookies

Just because everyone loves pink heart-shaped cookies for Valentine's Day!

Lemon Shortbread Cookies

2 sticks butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
zest from one lemon
pinch ground ginger
2 cups all-purpose flour
Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy. Mix in the salt, ginger, and lemon zest.Gradually add in the flour and mix until combined. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Roll out the dough 1/4 inch thick and cut into shapes.
Place on a cookie sheet about an inch apart and bake for 9-10 minutes
Allow cookies to cool completely while you make the lemon icing.

For the "lemon" icing...
juice from one lemon
1 cup powdered sugar
(I added one drop of red food coloring to make them pink for Valentine's day!)

To make the icing, whisk together the above ingredients. If the consistency is too thin add more powdered sugar. If it is too thick add more lemon juice or water, a little bit at a time, until it is the right consistency. Once the cookies have cooled completely, drizzle the icing all over the cookies and allow the icing to set up.

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