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    Italian Lemon Cookies

    Italian Lemon Cookies. Photo by GaylaJ

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    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    31 mins

    20 mins

    11 mins

    Lubie's Note:

    Yummy little Italian cookies that you can serve at holiday gatherings. Be creative! You can shape them however you like!

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    Ingredients:

    Yield:

    cookies

    Units: US | Metric

    Directions:

    1. 1
      In a small bowl, sift flour and baking powder together.
    2. 2
      In mixing bowl, beat eggs with sugar until light and lemon colored.
    3. 3
      Add the softened butter and lemon zest.
    4. 4
      Slowly beat in the flour and baking powder.
    5. 5
      Gradually add milk and vanilla.
    6. 6
      Dough should be soft.
    7. 7
      Divide dough into 6 sections.
    8. 8
      Roll out each section into a rope 1/2-inch wide.
    9. 9
      Cut into 3-inch pieces and twist each piece to form a loop.
    10. 10
      Place on a greased baking sheet or a parchment lined baking sheet.
    11. 11
      Bake in a 350°F oven for 10-12 minutes or until light brown.
    12. 12
      Remove from oven and cool.
    13. 13
      Combine the powdered sugar and enough orange juice to form a thin icing.
    14. 14
      Brush on top of cookies and sprinkle with colored candies.
    15. 15
      Makes about 4 dozen cookies, depending on size and shape of cookie.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 10, 2006

      45

      These cookies were very good, but I would probably make a few changes when I make them again. I think the flour and milk should be added alternately--I felt I was overbeating, as it took quite a bit of mixing to incorporate the milk into the stiff dough after all the flour was added. Although the butter will inhibit gluten development and help keep the cookies tender, I suppose it is just stuck in my head that cookie dough should not be beaten after the flour is mixed in to avoid developing the gluten. I found it difficult to roll the dough into 24-inch ropes and keep it an even thickness, so I divided the dough again so I only had to deal with 12 inches at a time. (You'll probably want to flour your board before trying to work with the dough.) I also had a problem twisting and making loops out of the 3-inch segments (at least the way I interpreted the directions), so I basically ended up with small circles. Unless I was making larger cookies, next time I would skip the labor-intensive roping and shaping and just shape them into slightly-flattened balls. With cookies of this size, the shape seems to get lost anyway by the time they are baked and decorated. I was trying to stay true to the recipe since I hoped to submit a representative photo, but in the future will take you up on your suggestion to shape them however I like (which for me will be the easy way). :) After tasting the baked cookies prior to icing them, even though I added extra lemon zest, the lemon flavor just didn't seem to come through so I used lemon juice rather than orange to thin the icing and just dipped the tops of the cookies in it instead of brushing it on. Next time, I think I would substitute a bit of lemon extract for some of the vanilla in the dough.I hope I don't sound negative, because we did enjoy these cookies--thanks for posting the recipe!

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    • on September 03, 2008

      45

      I added 1 teaspoon of vanilla and

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    • on December 13, 2006

      45

      Easy redipe but I added lemon juice in addition to the lemon zest. The family likes the cookies with a lot of lemon flavor.

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    Nutritional Facts for Italian Lemon Cookies

    Serving Size: 1 (1193 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 84.4
     
    Calories from Fat 21
    25%
    Total Fat 2.4 g
    3%
    Saturated Fat 1.3 g
    6%
    Cholesterol 18.5 mg
    6%
    Sodium 38.1 mg
    1%
    Total Carbohydrate 14.2 g
    4%
    Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
    1%
    Sugars 7.2 g
    28%
    Protein 1.4 g
    2%

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