Becky has spent her entire career cooking and baking, which are also her favorite hobbies outside of work. For her, time spent in the kitchen not only relieves stress, but is lots of fun as well. Becky’s love for baking began as a child, standing on a chair next her mom, adding ingredients and mixing up dough.
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These soft cut-out cookies, with a hint of lemon, are a great gift for teachers and friends!
Combine sugar and butter in large bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Add sour cream, egg, lemon zest and vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. Add all remaining cookie ingredients. Continue beating until well mixed.
Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a ball; flatten slightly. Wrap each in plastic food wrap. Refrigerate until firm (2 hours or overnight).
Heat oven to 350°F. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface, one-half at a time (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with 3-inch apple-shaped cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire cooling rack. Cool completely.
Combine all icing ingredients in small bowl, adding enough water for desired icing consistency. Beat with wire whisk until smooth.
Working with 1 cookie at a time, frost cooled cookies with icing. Immediately sprinkle generously with decorator sugars. Use chocolate icing to create stem and gumdrop slices for leaves, if desired.
Variation: Glaze cookies with icing. Use decorator icings to make A+ design on cookies.
Dietary Fiber: 0g
I volunteer at a local Nursing Home , and bake quite often for them. I made these cookies , but I did add 1 tblsp of milk . The cookies were a huge hit , both Residents and Staff loved them . Thank You , keep up the good work and keep those recipes comming . I look forward to them .
Needed more flour, and had to almost double it. I personally prefer chewy sugar cookies, and these are more on the crumb-y side. Overall good taste, lemon rind adds nice flavor.
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Every year around this time, I start to panic a little. How am I ever going to decide what cookies to bake for the holiday season?! Do I stick with the classics or try something new? How many can we eat at our house (more than I care to admit…but cookies count as part of a balanced breakfast, right?) Without self-restraint, I could probably make a dozen different kinds!
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