Lemon Shortbread Cookies | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Monday, December 10, 2018

Lemon Shortbread Cookies



These Lemon Shortbread Cookies will be the star of your cookie tray! Lightly lemon flavored buttery cookies dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with yellow sugar couldn't be prettier. They are OMG delicious!

Lemon Shortbread Cookies on a platter

Of all the things I like to bake, cookies makes the top of the list.

That's why this time of year, I'm so busy in the kitchen it's hard to catch my breath! I love to make all the classics and just give them a little twist. Like these Oatmeal Cookies with Cranberries and Walnuts and these yummy Chipotle Peanut Butter Cookies. In fact, you can browse all of my twisted cookie creations in the FIND A RECIPE tab under Desserts above!


Lemon Shortbread Cookies on a platter on the table


But today it's all about these delightful Lemon Shortbread Cookies. I love a good shortbread cookie. Crisp, yet still tender, and oh so buttery. These Lemon Shortbread Cookies are just that. The lemon flavor is complimentary, not overpowering.

I think they are so festive dipped in white chocolate and then sprinkled with colored sugar, but they are fabulous without the extra garnish as well!


How do you make lemon shortbread cookies?



Traditional shortbread cookies do not have any eggs or leavening (baking soda or baking powder) in the batter. Their texture is crispy, yet tender and there is an overwhelming butteriness to them. To turn shortbread cookies into Lemon Shortbread Cookies, I've added lemon extract and the zest of one lemon to the dough of my favorite shortbread cookie recipe. 

I love this lemon shortbread cookie recipe because the dough is fabulous to work with. It comes together quickly in a stand mixer. It's not sticky and it rolls out beautifully. 


Lemon Shortbread Cookies dough in the mixer

Lemon Shortbread Cookie dough cut into circles and on the pan ready to bake

Tips for making the best Lemon Shortbread Cookies


  • Make sure the UNSALTED butter is at room temperature. Softened butter will combine with the sugar and flour better. Using unsalted butter, let's you adjust the amount of salt in your cookies. Salt is an important ingredient in sweet recipes like cookies to help balance out the flavors. 
  • Make sure you use a silicone baking mat or parchment paper to bake on. It will ensure your cookies don't stick to the pan. 
  • Always preheat your oven before attempting to bake your cookies. The right temperature will make sure each cookie is baked properly. 
  • Mix the wet ingredients well. A stand mixer or a hand mixer will help make easy work of this.
  • Measure the flour by the dip and sweep method (good) or by weight (better) for more accuracy. Baking is all about science and accuracy is everything. 1 cup of all purpose flour weighs approx. 120 grams.
  • Always allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 1 to 2 minutes before removing them to a wire rack to completely cool. This will allow them to "set" and not break apart when you remove them.

Three Lemon Shortbread Cookies on the table, one with a bite.


Lemon shortbread cookies
Dessert, cookies
American
Yield: 4 dozen

Lemon Shortbread Cookies

prep time: 10 minscook time: 15 minstotal time: 25 mins
These Lemon Shortbread Cookies will be the star of your cookie tray! Lightly lemon flavored buttery cookies dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with yellow sugar couldn't be prettier. They are OMG delicious!

ingredients:


  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature 
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. lemon extract
  • 1 TBS. lemon zest (the zest of about one lemon) 
  • 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour (measure by dip and sweep method) + extra for rolling
  • 2 cups white chocolate melting discs, melted, if desired
  • yellow sanding sugar, if desired

instructions:


  1. In a stand mixer or large bowl with a hand mixer, beat the butter until it's light and fluffy. (About 3 to 4 minutes). 
  2. Add in the sugar and beat another 3 to 4 minutes to incorporate into the butter. 
  3. Add in the salt, lemon extract, and the lemon zest. Mix to combine. 
  4. Add in the flour and mix until the dough comes together and begins to pull from the sides of the bowl and starts to form a ball. 
  5. Transfer dough to plastic wrap and form into a disc. Place in refrigerator for about 30 minutes.  
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheet(s) with silicone mat or parchment paper. 
  7. Remove dough from refrigerator. Working with half the dough at a time, on a lightly floured surface, roll out to about 1/4 inch thickness. Using 2" round cookie cutters, cut into discs and place on prepared baking sheets about 1 to 2" apart. 
  8. Bake in oven for about 12 to 15 minutes, or until cookies are set and slightly golden on the sides. 
  9. Allow baked cookies to cool on baking sheet for a few minutes before removing to racks to cool completely. 
  10. Cool completely. Dip one end of cookie into melted white chocolate and sprinkle with yellow sugar, if desired. 
  11. Gather up scraps and add in fresh dough and continue rolling and cutting and baking until all dough is used up. 

NOTES:

Nutrition information is estimate and does not include values for cookies dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with sugar.
calories
94
fat (grams)
6
sat. fat (grams)
4
carbs (grams)
10
protein (grams)
1
Created using The Recipes Generator


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