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Old 09-16-2011, 01:57 PM   #1
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Lemon Shortbread Cookies

Here you go Andy!

1 cup butter
1/2 - 3/4 cup brown sugar
2 cups flour
1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
zest of one lemon

Either work the dough with your hands or pulse in the food processor until ingredients are combined.

You can use a cookie press with this dough, or you can make 1/2 inch diameter logs (about 2 inch) and bake those. Bake for about 15-20 minutes at 325. They should be JUST a bit golden around the edges, be careful not to overbrown them.

Some folks prefer to dip the ends in melted chocolate, but I like to make a lemon glaze or leave them au naturel.

Lemon Glaze

2 tbsps lemon juice
1 cup icing sugar

Stir sugar into juice until it is a thick, goopy glaze. Add more lemon juice if necessary to thin. Brush onto warm cookies with a pastry brush.

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Old 09-16-2011, 02:01 PM   #2
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Thanks, Lemon Lady!
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Old 09-16-2011, 03:01 PM   #3
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They're coming out of the oven right now. Smelling yummy! I did 1/2 cup brown sugar and more like 2-3 tbsps of juice. I figured I didn't want to glaze them so used all the lemon juice from the lemon for the cookies.
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Old 09-16-2011, 04:36 PM   #4
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Copied & pasted here, too. To be filed alongside Princess Fiona's Pecan Shortbreads. Oh boy!
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Mmmm I may have to buy a lemon when I do the shopping this weekend. C&P!
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Old 09-18-2011, 03:44 PM   #6
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I just took a batch out of the oven and they are delicious as expected.

I used more lemon juice as you suggested in your follow-up post (3 Tb because that's how much I got out of the lemon I zested) and 3/4 C sugar.

I did not glaze or dip them. That would be nice but is absolutely not necessary.

I ended up rolling the dough into walnut-sized balls and pressing them flat on the cookie sheet with a spatula. worked great.

I got 25 cookies.
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Old 09-26-2011, 09:28 PM   #8
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You guys are making my mouth water, I am a lemon freak, guess what I am going to bake first thing in the morning.

What about straight up Shortbread, my mother-in-law is a big fan, I have not found exactly the "right" recipe, any help.....
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Old 09-27-2011, 12:43 AM   #9
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Basic shortbread is pretty simple.

2 cups butter
1 cup sugar (usually icing sugar for traditional stuff)
4 cups flour

That's the basic dough. You can pat this into a pan, put it through a cookie press, roll it into a log and cut it...pretty much do whatever you like with it to shape it.

Bake at 350 for 8-12 minutes. Don't let it get too golden, just a bit around the edges.
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I'm thinking of substituting lime!
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