Crackle-Top Lemon Cookies


Lemon CookiesThese are fun little cookies. And if you like lemon, these are great cookies. They are crackly on the outside—from the sugar crystals—and chewy on the inside. They are pretty enough to give as gifts and easy to make.

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
a few drops of lemon extract
1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped
yellow decorating sugar

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

1. Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt together. Set aside.
2. Cream the butter and sugar together. Add half the lemon juice, the zest, and the extract. Beat until nearly combined. Add half the flour mixture and the nuts and beat again. Add the rest of the lemon juice and the rest of the flour mixture and beat until combined. You may need to knead these together to form a consistent dough. Do not over mix.
3. Place the decorating sugar in a shallow bowl. If you do not have yellow sugar, use white or add a drop of yellow food coloring to your white sugar. You may also use turbinado sugar. Form balls the size of walnuts and roll them in the sugar. Place the balls on an ungreased but nonstick pan or on parchment paper. Bake for 15 or 16 minutes or until they are nearly firm. Remove them from the oven and let them cool for two minutes on the pan and then on a rack until completely cool.

Baker’s note: You can purchase size AA sugar crystals on our site.

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