I liked these cookies which weren’t too sweet and had a good crunch to them. They’d be a great alternative if you needed a sugar cookie without the extra sweetness. You could also try using sage or lavender instead of rosemary. Give these cookies to the teacher, maybe the mailman or the cop who pulls you over for speeding. They say “Hey, I love you have an awesome day”
Here’s the recipe from the book, Citrus by Ethel and Georgeanne Brennan.
Lemon Shortbread Cookies
- 2/3 cups soft butter
- 2 tbsp lemon zest
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp fresh rosemary
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Cream the butter until fluffy. Add the zest and mix for one minute.
- Add the sugar and mix until smooth. Add the egg and mix on high until smooth batter forms.
- Add the vanilla and mix. Slowly add the flour and rosemary if using, mix until the dough forms a ball and just releases from the sides of the mixer.
- Dump the dough out onto the worktop and form a ball, cover in shrink wrap and chill for about 15 minutes.
- Flour a dry flat surface and take the dough from the fridge. Roll it out gently flouring well until about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out the cookies with your favorite cutter and place on a baking sheet or Silpat mat.
- Gather up the scraps and roll again until all of the dough has been turned into cookies.
- Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden around the edges.
- Let cool and drizzle chocolate on top (optional) or dust with some powdered sugar. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.