Thursday, August 22, 2013

Cookie Monday: Lemon Crinkle Cookies

To be honest, I picked this recipe mostly because of how little effort it required. I wanted a from-scratch cookie, and I needed something quick because I was baking them after volunteering at our local Pride festival. I also just bought a dwarf lemon tree to grow in my house and, while it will not bear fruit for a couple years, I felt inspired to make something lemony.

So I found this recipe in my Pinterest archives, of course (isn't Pinterest where all recipes come from now?). I doubled it and quickly managed 5 dozen cookies. I found that rolling them in powdered sugar did not have a visible "crinkle" result as most of the powdered sugar just absorbed right into the cookie, but I didn't skip it because it added some extra sweetness to the cookie. Everyone LOVED these. I loved these! They're very summery and light, and just the right combination of sour and sweet. Love. I would make these again.

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Lemon Crinkle Cookies
LDS Living magazine (Seriously)

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease light colored baking sheets with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Whip in vanilla, egg, lemon zest, and juice. Scrape sides and mix again. Stir in all dry ingredients slowly until just combined, excluding the powdered sugar. Scrape sides of bowl and mix again briefly. Pour powdered sugar onto a large plate. Roll a heaping teaspoon of dough into a ball and roll in powdered sugar. Place on baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough.

3. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until bottoms begin to barely brown and cookies look matte {not melty or shiny}. Remove from oven and cool cookies about 3 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

Yield: 2-3 dozen

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