Prep 1 hr
Cook 10 mins
Found this recipe in the Pillsbury "Sweet Ideas: Holiday Cookies" recipe book. (An impulse buy at the grocery store cash register.)
- 3⁄4 cup butter, softened
- 3⁄4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon lemon peel, finely grated
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons meringue powder
- 5 teaspoons lemon juice
- 4 -5 tablespoons water
- colored sugar sprinkle
- candy sprinkles
- In large bowl, beat butter and granulated sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. On low speed, beat in egg, lemon peel and 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt until well blended.
- Divide dough into 4 parts, flatten each part unto 1/2-inch-thick round. Wrap each in waxed paper or plastic wrap, refrigerate 30 minutes.
- Heat oven to 350. Remove 1 round of dough at a time from refrigerator. Between sheets of floured waxed paper or plastic wrap, roll dough until 1/4 to 8/8 inch thick. Cut with 3-inch cookie cutters in various shapes. On ungreased cookie sheets, place cutouts 1 inch apart.
- Bake 10 to 12 minutes or just until edges are golden. Cool on cookie sheets about 1 minute before removing to cooling rack. Cool 10 to 15 minutes before frosting.
- In medium bowl, stir together powdered sugar and meringue powder. Stir in 5 teaspoons lemon just and enough of the 4 to 5 tablespoons water to make a thin icing. transfer 1/2 cup of the icing into small bowl; set aside. Usung a flexible paster brush, paint cookies to the edge with icing. Place on cooling rack to dry completely, about 30 minutes.
- Beat reserved icing with electric miser on high speed 5 to 7 minutes until peaks form. Place in small resealable food-storage plastic bag; cut a very small hole in the bottom of the bag with the plain white icing. Squeeze icing onto glazed cookies. Before icing dries, sprinkle with decorations, and tap off excess. Dry thoroughly on cooling rack.