Elevate your tea time or dessert experience with the bright and refreshing flavor of Lemon Shortbread Cookies. These delicate cookies are a symphony of buttery richness and zesty lemon, creating a treat that's both sophisticated and delightfully tangy. With a tender crumb and a hint of citrus, these cookies are a perfect balance of sweetness and zest.
Lemon Shortbread Cookies offer a refined take on the classic shortbread, infusing the buttery simplicity with the invigorating essence of lemon. The result is a cookie that melts in your mouth, leaving behind a trail of citrusy brightness. These cookies are perfect for those who appreciate the pairing of subtle sweetness with the lively flavor of lemon, making them an elegant choice for any occasion.
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
Zest of 2 lemons
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
Additional powdered sugar for dusting (optional)
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Preheat your oven to 325°F (163°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, cream together softened butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.
Stir in the zest of 2 lemons and fresh lemon juice, ensuring a well-distributed lemon flavor throughout the dough.
In a separate bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour and salt.
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar mixture, mixing just until combined. Be careful not to overmix.
Divide the dough into two equal portions. Roll each portion into a log shape, about 1.5 inches in diameter. Wrap the logs in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Once chilled, slice the cookie dough logs into rounds, approximately 1/4 inch thick. Place the rounds on the prepared baking sheets.
Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden. The centers should still be slightly soft.
Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. Optionally, dust with additional powdered sugar for a touch of elegance.
Embrace the zesty elegance of Lemon Shortbread Cookies with a cup of tea or as a delightful ending to any meal.
Tips for this recipe
For an extra burst of lemon flavor, you can add a lemon glaze to the cooled cookies. Mix powdered sugar with a little lemon juice until you achieve a drizzling consistency, and drizzle over the cookies. Allow the glaze to set before serving.