These soft cut-out cookies, with a hint of lemon, are a great gift for teachers and friends!
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1 cup sugar
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1/4 cup sour cream
1 large Land O Lakes® Egg
2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 to 2 tablespoons water
Red and green decorator sugars
Chocolate decorator icing , if desired
Small green gumdrops, sliced, if desired
Combine sugar and butter in 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 2 hours or overnight until firm.
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 7-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.
Combine all icing ingredients in bowl, adding enough water for desired icing consistency. Beat with whisk until smooth.
Frost 1 cookie at a time with icing. Immediately sprinkle generously with decorator sugars. Use chocolate icing to create stem and gumdrop slices for leaves, if desired.
If dough sticks to cookie cutter, dip cookie cutter in flour before each use.
Variation: Glaze cookies with icing. Use decorator icings to make A+ design on cookies.