I have seen some of my blogger friends asking where does the time go, and I would like some help with that question! It seems like I just shared my Easter Cookie Cups, and here we are already to May's "Fill the Cookie Jar"! This month the theme is "Mother's Favorites".
I turned the cookie decision process over to my mom, and she requested "Lemon". Other than that, Mom left it up to me. I made a couple different recipes, and this one was the hit. Loved by all, and requests for more!
It is a soft, chewy, bright flavored cookie, with the lemon zest bringing the lemon flavor to the top! These cookies were just as popular without the frosting, so if you are looking to save time, or calories, feel free to skip it! They will be just as popular.
If you are interested in joining Fill The Cookie Jar group on facebook, fill out the form that can be found at Fill The Cookie Jar. Each month we bake a different theme for the cookie.
We bake, we share and we enjoy our cookies!
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 egg, plus 1 egg yolk
2 tsp lemon juice
Zest from one lemon
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
6 Tablespoon butter, softened
1 Tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 tsp lemon extract
2 cups powdered sugar
Sprinkles or colored sugar, optional
Cream butter and sugar. Add egg (plus one egg yolk), mix well. Add lemon juice, and zest, mixing until combined. Slowly add flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until dough forms a ball. Cover and chill dough for at least one hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Using small cookie scoop, drop dough onto cookie sheet two to three inches apart. Bake for 9-11 minutes, just until edges are starting to turn golden. Cool for 5 minutes on cookie sheet, then transfer to cooling rack.
While cookies are cooling, in large mixing bowl add butter, lemon juice, and lemon extract. Mix until smooth and creamy. Slowly add powdered sugar, mixing until desired consistency for spreading. Add more powdered sugar as needed, if you want it thicker. Frost when cookies are completely cooled.
**For the bright colored decorating sugar: Put 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar in a small bag. Add 1/8 tsp of yellow gel food coloring. Squish the gel and the sugar around for a couple minutes until the two are completely mixed together.
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