10 December 2007

Lemon Slice Cookies

It's freezing rain outside, Kansas is supposed to really get walloped by the weather tonight and tomorrow. And clearly, we aren't alone. All of the States, it seems, are getting battered by the chilly weather. And thus my inspiration: how about a batch of sunny little cookies to help brighten up these frigid winter days?

This recipe is from a REALLY old copy of Good Housekeeping. A little more time-consuming than your usual cookie, but oh so worth it! I love the lemony flavor (in fact, a secret: I usually juice my zested lemon into the dough as well, for an extra lemony punch). This time I didn't have any yellow sparkling sugar and was too lazy to make some, so I used the pink sugar in my cabinet. Think of them as pink lemon(ade) cookies.

Thoughts and prayers to all my fellow winter warriors! Hang in there.

Lemon Slice Cookies

3 c. All-purpose flour
1 1/2 c. Powdered sugar
1 1/4 c. Butter, softened
1/4 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 Large egg
2 tsp. Lemon extract
1 tsp. Lemon zest
Yellow food coloring
Egg white
Yellow sparkling sugar

In a large bowl, mix together flour, butter, sugar, salt, vanilla, and egg. Reserve 1/4 of dough (cover and refrigerate).

Knead lemon extract and zest as well as yellow food coloring into dough. Roll dough into a thick (4-in. long) log. Roll out reserved dough so that it is long enough to wrap around log. Wrap rectangle around log. Wash outside with egg white, then roll in sparkling sugar. Wrap tightly in Saran Wrap and chill at least 3 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 F.

To bake: cut log in half lengthwise, then slice into 1/8-in. thick slices. Place cookie slices on greased cookie sheets (or sheets lined with parchment paper), then with a butter knife add 5"spokes" to each slice. Bake about 6 minutes and cool on racks.


Meryl said...

What a sunny little cookie!

Gretchen Noelle said...

Adorable Nemmie, simply adorable! I may have to make these into lime slices, green colored. Wouldn't that be fun!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Nemmie, they look so beautiful! I love the pink twist. Anything lemony has a very special place in my heart. :)

Julie said...

Those are so cute!!!

Goody said...

How fantastic! I cannot wait to try these.

I stumbled onto your blog recently and I must tell you, that Kringle really blew my mind. Growing-up on the Illinois side of the Ill-WI state line I've always had a soft spot for Kringles-but they never looked that beautiful.

Sara, Ms Adventures in Italy said...

over from Nicole's blog...these are really cute! I like the pink lemonade angle :)

Helene said...

They are so cure Nemmie! I bet I could eat the entire batch should you look the other way!!

Anonymous said...

I love it. I can't wait to try it. I was going to make a spice cookie but I think this beats it. Thank you for sharing.

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