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    Lemon Shortbread Cookies

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    55 mins

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    45 mins

    Debster's Note:

    My favorite cookie to eat with tea. Pure comfort. Wonderful for gifts...if there are any left.

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    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
    2. 2
      In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar with electric mixer.
    3. 3
      Scrape sides of the bowl.
    4. 4
      Add lemon juice, zest and flour and mix thoroughly on low speed.
    5. 5
      Shape level tablespoons of dough into logs on ungreased cookie sheet.
    6. 6
      Bake 15-20 minutes until cookie spreads and is very light brown in color.
    7. 7
      Cookies may be dipped in soft lemon frosting or melted chocolate on one end.
    8. 8
      Chill to set chocolate or frosting.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 13, 2002


      Very nice cookie.. easy to make and tasty, too. Thanks for posting. I'm going to add it to my cookie file. I used the fresh lemon juice and the zest of one lemon. I left some of the cookies plain..and some of them I put 2 chocolate chips on the middle of the cookie as soon as they came out of the oven. Then when the chips melted I spread the chocolate down the middle.. It sure saved melting and dipping!

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    • on March 14, 2009


      I like this recipie but I found the cookies were much better when I changed up some things. I would use 3 tsp lemon juice (extract or just zest don't have that needed acid note) an additional tsp vanilla and a 1/4 tsp nutmeg & salt to round out the flavor. I also rolled out the dough to 1/3 inch thick square and cut out the cookies. Make sure to space them out because the spread a bit more. A dusting of powdered sugar or lemon glaze is really required to make these cookies 5 star material.

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    • on January 01, 2009

      My family and I really loved this recipe. I too increased the lemon zest as well as added a bit more lemon juice, a bit of lemon oil and even a bit of vanilla extract. They came out incredible; very lemony and the bit of vanilla extract gave them a...richer flavor. Definately something I will make over and over again. Thanks for posting!

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    Nutritional Facts for Lemon Shortbread Cookies

    Serving Size: 1 (652 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1054.0
    Calories from Fat 559
    Total Fat 62.1 g
    Saturated Fat 39.0 g
    Cholesterol 162.6 mg
    Sodium 458.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 117.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.2 g
    Sugars 53.2 g
    Protein 9.2 g

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