Recipe … Lemon Sugar Cookies With Lemon Buttercream Frosting

Standard
Makes 1 dozen
Ingredients
3 cups cake flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
Zest from 1 lemon
Juice from 1 lemon (2 tablespoons)
½  teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions
In a medium bowl combine cake flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.
Using an electric mixer cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add in eggs one at a time stirring after each addition.  Stir in lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla until combined.  Gradually add in flour mixture combined.  
Chill dough for at least one hour in refrigerator.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper.  
Roll 3 tablespoons of dough into a ball.  Use flour on your hands if needed.  Place ball on baking sheet and flatten to about 1/2 inch thick, molding sides to keep round shape if necessary.  Continue with remaining dough, placing each 2 inches apart.  
Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes.  Cool for a few minutes on baking sheet, and transfer to wire rack to cool completely.  
*For shapes- roll out chilled dough ¼ inch thick on a well floured surface.  Flour rolling pin and cut out to prevent sticking.  Cut out desired shapes and place on parchment lined baking sheet.  Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes.  Do not over bake.  Cool for a few minutes and transfer to wire rack to cool.
Shapes will spread from the baking powder.  To define the shape used after the cookie has cooled, place cookie cutter on top of cookie and firmly press all the way down, removing any access cookie for the edges.  
Frosting
Ingredients
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3 cups confectioners sugar
Zest from 1 lemon
Juice from 1 lemon (2 tablespoons)
food coloring (optional)
Directions
Using an electric mixer combine butter and gradually add in confectioners sugar.  When all sugar is added, add in lemon zest, lemon juice and blend on medium until fluffy.  Add in food color if desired.
Notes-
If frosting is to thick, add more lemon juice, water or milk until desired consistency is reached.

 

{Mother Thyme}  Jennifer | Mother Thyme

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