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Lemon Butter Cookies

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  • Yield: Makes about 50

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 2 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Grated zest of 1 to 1 1/2 lemons
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Approximately 1/2 cup granulated sugar, for coating

Directions

  1. Place the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on medium until smooth. Add the confectioners' sugar and beat until smooth and silky. Beat in 1 egg yolk, then the salt, vanilla, and lemon zest. Reduce mixer speed to low and add the flour, beating just until incorporated. Do not over-beat. Turn the dough out onto a work surface. Divide dough in two and wrap each piece in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  2. Working on a smooth surface, form each piece of dough into a log 1 to 1 1 /4 inches in diameter. Wrap logs in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours. Can be prepared up to this point and kept, well wrapped in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 1 month.

  3. Place one rack in the upper third and one in the lower third of the oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.

  4. Whisk the remaining egg yolk in a small bowl until smooth. Spread sugar out on a piece of wax paper. Remove the logs from refrigerator, unwrap, and brush lightly with the egg yolk. Roll logs in the sugar, pressing to adhere. Slice crosswise 1/4-inch-thick using a sharp knife. Place on prepared baking sheet, leaving about 1/2-inch between cookies.

  5. Bake until set but not brown, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer cookies to cooling rack until room temperature. Will keep stored in an airtight container, at room temperature, for up to 5 days.

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  • Joanne27
    20 FEB, 2009
    Could someone also send me Ina's recipe at parkeridge2@yahoo.com. Thank you
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  • Onnalee
    22 DEC, 2008
    I would also like Ina's recipe. I tried to find it, but no luck oflood79@msn.com Thanks.
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  • estherson
    17 SEP, 2008
    Can someone send me that recipe from barefoot contessa. I couldn't find it anywhere. thanks! estherson@hotmail.com
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  • Champagne
    7 JUL, 2008
    No nutritional info!!!
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  • nanagoeas
    18 JUN, 2008
    Could you please send me Ina's recipe also? I tried to find it and couldn't. jangoeasjones@aol.com Thank you
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  • schrinpmo
    13 JUN, 2008
    rachel, i'd like to have ina's recipe to compare- please thanks
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  • rachel2035
    16 MAY, 2008
    TO mnkb You are right, this recipe has no buttery flavour NOR LEMONY FLAVOUR. Try the barefootcontessa.com. She has the best lemon cookie I have ever eaten, along with the gang at my house. It contains a lot of fresh lemon juice, the zest as the lemon juice loses it's zip during baking. If I can find the recipe, I shall send it to your request at lifetransitions@rogers.com. Rachel
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  • rachel2035
    16 MAY, 2008
    You are right, this recipe has no buttery flavour NOR LEMONY FLAVOUR. Try the barefootcontessa.com. She has the best lemon cookie I have ever eaten, along with the gang at my house. It contains a lot of fresh lemon juice, the zest as the lemon juice loses it's zip during baking. If I can find the recipe, I shall send it to your request at lifetransitions@rogers.com. Rachel
    Reply
  • mo1039
    27 APR, 2008
    Has anyone tried adding lemon extract/flovoring instead of vanilla?
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  • diannabrown
    28 MAR, 2008
    I found these cookie's to be awesome. I made them a few years back for Christmas and they were a real hit at work. Everyone wanted the recipe. I have sinced moved and thought I had lost the recipe....yahoo I found it again. I find it hard to believe that nmkb followed the recipe completely, I agree with MichelleLee.
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