Hi, I’ve done it!! I’ve managed to make Lemon Shortbread Cookies that are light, lemony and crumbly, but still taste of shortbread!
I can’t tell you how good it feels to get back to baking since my recent stay in hospital. I’m not out of the woods yet, but at least I’m on the right path! Baking relaxes me, allows my creative juices to get flowing and produces something scrummy to eat afterwards. Not bad eh???
Buttery, lemony, light Lemon Shortbread Cookies. The perfect biscuit, in my book anyway. I encourage you to try this recipe if you are a fan of lemon and shortbread. I think you get the picture – I LOVE THESE COOKIES!
Recipe : Makes 20-24 Lemon Shortbread Cookies
150g/5oz Caster Sugar
225g/8oz Unsalted Butter – room temp
1 Large Egg Yolk – free range
1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey
1tbsp Lemon Zest – finely grated (approx 1 medium lemon)
1/4 tsp Salt
300g/10oz Plain White Flour
Extra Sugar for sprinkling
Whisk the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy.
Add the room temp egg yolk, vanilla, lemon zest and salt. Whisk until thoroughly combined.
Add the flour and mix (I do this by hand) until all the ingredients are just incorporated and the cookie dough comes together.
Using your hands shape the dough into a log. Wrap tightly in the cling and repeat with the other half of the dough.
Tip: if you wipe your worktop/board with a damp, clean cloth, the cling film will lay flat and stay in place!
When ready to bake preheat the oven to 175C/160C fan.
Bake the Lemon Shortbread Cookies for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown and set (cooking time will be slightly longer, if you’ve cut the dough rounds thicker – my first batch took 18 mins!).
Remove from the oven, when cooked and then sprinkle a little more sugar over the cookies (I use granulated sugar for sprinkling).
Leave to cool on the tray for 10 mins then transfer to a cooling rack.
These Lemon Shortbread Cookies actually improve on keeping, in an airtight container, if you can wait.
Now think of someone you know, who loves lemon, pop some cooled cookies in a cellophane bag, tied with pretty ribbon and make their day!
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Keep smiling, Sammie x.