These lemon-flavored cookies are always a special treat.
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1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 large Land O Lakes® Egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
1 to 2 drops yellow food color, if desired
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 drop yellow food color, if desired
3 to 4 tablespoons milk
Candied violets or tiny frosting flowers
Heat oven to 350°F.
Combine all cookie ingredients except flour, lemon zest and food color in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Stir in flour until well mixed.
Place 3/4 cup dough in small bowl. Stir in lemon peel and 1 to 2 drops food color, if desired, by hand. Shape lemon flavored dough into 36 (1/2-inch) balls.
Divide remaining dough into 36 pieces. Place 1 lemon dough ball in center of each piece of plain dough. Shape into 1-inch balls, making sure lemon dough is covered. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 15-18 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool completely.
Combine powdered sugar, 1 drop food color, if desired and enough milk for desired glazing consistency in medium bowl. Dip top of each cookie into glaze. Place on wire cooling rack over waxed paper to let excess glaze drip off. Garnish with candied violets before glaze sets.
Candied violets can be found in gourmet or specialty food shops. They should be stored in a cool, dry place in airtight containers.
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