Around this time of year, especially if you work in an office, you are going to be offered a treat of some sort approximately every five seconds. Just remember that New Year's resolutions are right around the corner, so choose your sinful bites wisely. These lemon shortbread cookies might look like they are just your run-of-the-mill holiday fare, but they certainly beat rock-hard commercial cookies. What's the secret? Why butter, of course. So much butter that after you bake them, you will have to be comfortable riding the subway smelling like you just bathed in butter. But it'll be worth it. Especially if they garner you compliments from cookie samplers like, "If boys could get cellulite, they would be worth every dimple."
So without further ado, here's the recipe (adapted from Canadian Living), which can be tweaked to be as simple or as fancy as you want. These cookies are perfect if you are looking to make big batches:
Lemon Shortbread Cookies
Original Basic Shortbread Dough Recipe from CL- Dec. 2013, p.196
2 cups of flour
1 cup of soft butter
3/4 cup of icing sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
Instructions (makes approx. 30 cookies):
Preheat oven to 325. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
1-With a stand mixer or bowl and spoon, mix together your butter, icing sugar and vanilla until they are well combined. Slowly add in your flour, working dough until flour is completely mixed in.
2-Using a fine grater, grate the lemon zest into your dough (but do not use the juice).
3- Roll your dough into the shape of a log, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.4- When you take it out, it should be solid but soft enough to either roll out and use a cookie cutter on, or slice into rounds in it's log form.
5- Place on cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes. I flipped my cookies half way when I noticed they were getting golden on one side. Should be uniformly golden (but not burnt) when you take them out.
Just remember, you can add almost anything you want to this recipe and it'll taste good. So choose your own cookie adventure and just go with it- whether it be chocolate chip, candy cane, or just classic shortbread.