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Lemon Shortbread Cookies

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Lemon Shortbread Cookies
Cool: 5 minutes Bake: 25 minutes Prep: 20 minutes


1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp. sugar
1-1/2 tsp. finely shredded lemon peel
1/2 cup butter
Lemon Icing (recipe follows)
Coarse decorating sugar, optional


1. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, and lemon peel. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs and starts to cling. Knead gently until dough comes together and forms a ball.

2. To make wedges, on an ungreased cookie sheet, pat dough into an 8-inch circle. Make a scalloped edge. Cut circle into 16 wedges. Leave wedges in circle (do not separate).

3. Bake in a 325 degree F oven about 25 minutes or until edges start to brown and center is set. Recut circle into wedges while warm. Cool on cookie sheet 5 minutes. Remove and cool on wire rack.

4. Make Lemon Icing. Drizzle over wedges. Sprinkle with coarse decorating sugar, if you like. Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze in a freezer container for up to 3 months. Makes 16 shortbread cookies.

Lemon Icing: In a small bowl combine 1 cup powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Stir in additional lemon juice, 1 teaspoon at a time, until icing reaches a drizzling consistency.