Lemon Cookies

It’s a rainy, stormy day here in Chicago. It makes me so tired but spring is finally here! Very refreshing. We need the rain. I decided to bake some cookies (of course) to help with the boredom. I actually had the dough prepared in the fridge so all I had to do was slice and bake. They are so easy and delicious! I have a feeling these will be my summer cookie. Great to bring to a bbq or pool party or other summer fun things. Yay for lemons.  Let’s bake some cookies…

What you will need:

Cookie sheet(s) lined with parchment paper

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup salt
2/3 cup granulated sugar
Zest from 1 lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
14 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temp
2 large egg yolks

For the glaze: 

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Note: This dough needs to be refrigerated at least 4 hours so plan accordingly!

To make the dough:

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and salt. Set aside. In a small bowl, stir together sugar and lemon zest with a fork. This will make a beautiful lemon sugar. Smells so good!

In a large bowl (or bowl of your electric mixer), beat butter with the lemon sugar until creamy and smooth. Add in the egg yolks and beat until incorporated. Add in flour mixture and beat until just starting to clump together. Divide the dough in half and place each half on plastic wrap. Form rectangle logs, about 6 inches long like I did here…

And then cover with the plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

When you’re ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Cut refrigerated cookie dough onto 1/4 inch rectangles, like so..

Bake for 13-17 minutes, depending on how soft or crunchy you want them. Let cool completely on a wire rack before glazing.

To make the glaze:

In a small bowl, stir together powdered sugar and lemon juice. Drizzle over cookies! I used a ziplock bag with a small hole cut in it but you can just use a spoon. Let the glaze harden for an hour before storing in an airtight container. Enjoy!


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