A Christmas Cookie Idea, Part One: Lemon Crinkle Cookies

17 Dec

After taking a couple of days off while a stomach virus ran rampant through our household, I am back with a new post. This past weekend while we were snowed in on Saturday we each decided we were going to make a Christmas cookie of our own. All three of us scoured recipes to try to find one that we would like to make while using only the ingredients we had in the house already since we were being pelted with snow. The first one to come up with one was Sean, who found this recipe online for lemon crinkle cookies. It’s a very straightforward recipe that produced some very yummy results.

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 egg

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease light-colored baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray or cover them in sheets of parchment paper and set them aside.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and the granulated sugar together until the mixture is light and fluffy. Whip in the vanilla, the egg, the lemon zest and the lemon juice. Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix again until everything is well incorporated. Stir in the salt, baking powder, baking soda and flour slowly until it is all just combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix everything together again briefly. Pour the confectioners’ sugar onto a separate plate. Roll a heaping tablespoon of the cookie dough into a ball and then roll it in the confectioners’ sugar to coat. Place the cookie on a baking sheet and repeat the process with all of the remaining dough.

Place the cookie sheets in the oven and bake the cookies for 9 to 11 minutes or until the bottoms of the cookies begin to barely brown and the cookies look like they have a matte finish, not melted or shiny. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool for about  3 minutes on the trays before transferring them over to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

This recipes makes about two to three dozen cookies, so you should get plenty from them. I really enjoyed the lemon flavor of these cookies. It is subtle and not overpowering like some lemon cookies can be and it combined nicely with the sweetness of the sugar. Best of all, it was really simple to make and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients. For most people, it may be things you already have on hand all the time so you could easily make these any time of year, not just for the holidays. We were all quite pleased with the results of this one and Sean was very happy that he made such a good cookie himself.

That’s all I have for today. Check back next time for another cookie recipe from our cookie day. Next up will be Michelle’s choice of cookie. Until then, enjoy the rest of your day, and enjoy your meal!


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Posted by on December 17, 2013 in Cookies, Cooking, Dessert, Holidays


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