Looking forward to spring? These sugar cookies mix the zest of lemon and the rich flavor of almonds to create a springtime treat. So let it snow outside. Your home will be warm and toasty and scented with the heavenly aroma of citrus and buttercream. (At least until your family devours the cookies!)
- 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
- 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- few drops almond extract
- few drops of yellow food coloring
- sliced almonds (optional)
- Measuring spoons
- Measuring cups
- Large bowl
- 2 Medium bowls
- Wax Paper
- Saran Wrap
- Rolling pin
- Cookie Cutters OR use top of glass
- Baking sheets
- Wire cooling racks
- Beat butter, sugar and salt in a large bowl with mixer on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
- Reduce speed to medium and add egg; beat until combined. Beat in corn syrup, lemon zest and vanilla. Reduce speed to low and add flour in two parts. Shape dough into two disks and wrap in saran wrap. Refrigerate 1 hour.
- Heat oven to 350°. Roll out 1 disk between 2 sheets of wax paper to 1/4 inch thick. Remove top layer of wax paper and cut out shapes using cookie cutter or the top of a glass with the appropriate diameter. Transfer to a baking sheet. Repeat with the second disk. Take excess dough scraps and continue to roll out scraps until all dough is used. Bake 12 minutes or until cookies are golden. Transfer cookies to wire rack and cool completely before frosting.
- For frosting, in a medium mixing bowl beat butter and half of powdered sugar with mixer on medium speed till combined. Beat in the milk, lemon juice, and a few drops of almond extract. Gradually beat in the remaining powdered sugar till frosting is smooth. Add a few drops of yellow food coloring for desired color, mix well. Frost cooled cookies and top with sliced almonds if desired.