From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...These cookies look like wallflowers, and while their plain appearance might keep them from the tea table, I'd be remiss if I failed to tell you just how good they are. I'd also be remiss if I failed to tell you how easy they are to make. This is a great recipe for young cooks to try. The cookies can be made with a hand mixer in about 15 minutes, although the dough will need to be chilled before it can be shaped for baking. The batch I made had crisp edges and soft centers that made them perfect for dunking in milk or coffee and I suspect that lemon lover's will enjoy them as much as I did. The recipe was a contest winner that I found on the blog, Lauren's Latest. Do try these. Here is how they are made.
Lemon Crinkle Cookies...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Lauren's Latest
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease light colored baking sheets with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
2) In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Whip in vanilla, egg, lemon zest and juice. Scrape sides and mix again. Stir in all dry ingredients slowly until just combined, excluding powdered sugar. Scrape sides of bowl and mix again briefly. Dough will be soft. Refrigerate until it can be formed into balls. Pour powdered sugar onto a large plate. Roll a heaping teaspoon of dough into a ball and roll in powdered sugar. Place on baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough.
3) Bake for 9-11 minutes or until bottoms begin to barely brown and cookies have a matte finish look. Remove from oven and cool cookies about 3 minutes before transferring to cooling rack. Yield: 2 to 3 dozen.
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