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Lemon Butter Cookies Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Debbie Williams

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1 c. butter, softened
1 tsp. lemon zest
1 c. powdered sugar
2 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
Parchment paper

Royal Icing--
3 c. powdered sugar
2 tbsp. meringue powder
1/4 c. cold water
Food coloring paste

Directions:
Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Beat butter and zest at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric mixer until creamy.
Gradually add sugar, beating well.
Combine flour and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Shape dough into a disc.
Roll dough to 1/8" thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut with a 2-1/4 or 3-1/4" heart shaped cutter; place 1/2" 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.)
Bake at 325 degrees 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.

To make Royal Icing---
Beat first 3 ingredients at high speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer, using whisk attachment, until glossy, stiff peaks form. Tint icing with desired amount of food coloring paste, and beat until blended. Place a damp cloth directly on surface of icing (to prevent a crust from forming) while icing cookies.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
cookies make about 4 dozen (2-1/4") or 2 dozen (3-1/4") Royal Icing makes about 1-3/4 cups
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
cookies--1 hr.29 min.> icing--5 minutes
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
I found this recipe in my Southern Living issue February 2010. The cover had a painted pink/red planter with a bare stick planted and moss around the edges. They had these cookies hanging on each branch and cookies stacked up in bunches tied up with ribbons. I started making these for my daughter and husband and they loved them.

 

 

 

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