Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Lemon Gems

I just love the citrus cookies at Christmas and this is a great recipe!

The cookie is so delicate and it just melts in your mouth while the icing wakes you up with it's perfect tartness.

I realized that I had so much chocolate to give away as gifts and thought that I better round out my gifts with a non chocolate contribution. I am so glad that I tried this one. I'll be making them again for sure!

Lemon Gems
from Taste of Home Magazine
makes about 28 cookies

For the Cookie
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup cornstarch

For the Lemon Icing:
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel

1. In a small mixing bowl, cream butter and confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the lemon peel. Whisk together the flour and cornstarch. Gradually add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.

2. Shape into a 1 3/4 in.-diameter roll. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until firm.

3. Unwrap and cut into 1/4 inch slices. Place 1 inch apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake at 375 degrees for 9-11 minutes or until set and edges are lightly browned. Cool slightly and move cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

4. In a small bowl, combine icing ingredients and spread over cookies.

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  1. Those look fabulous! I love the flavor of lemon in cookies. A very pretty addition to a very tasty goody tray I'm sure.

  2. What a delish cookies! I bet it is very refreshing and wonderful.

  3. OOOH, I have been looking for a good alternative to the lemon square this season! Thanks ~ I am bookmarking this!

  4. Looks delish! I remember seeing this recipe on TOH but now I must try it. Do you ice them while they are still warm?

  5. bright melt-in-your mouth cookies, i love these!

  6. Mmmm, my folks have an overage of lemons from their tree right now that they keep passing on to me. I'm going to have to put those babies to goo use. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. I wish one of these were melting in my mouth right now!

  8. I can imagine these melting in my mouth... tart and sweet and so delicious!

  9. I am definitely going to make these for Christmas Day!


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