Sunday, February 9, 2014

Lemon Shortbread Cookies

There’s no better way to show your children how much you love them on Valentine’s Day then by baking homemade heart-shaped cookies. Allow them to help you decorate the treats and you are guaranteed to earn the title of best mom or dad of the year! This fun recipe will bring your family together by creating something from scratch in the heart of your home – the kitchen. This cookie dough is so versatile that you and the kids could experiment with different shapes, sizes and decorations. If you and your family are willing to share these moist and crumbly cookies, pack them up in a tin container or individual clear bags as gifts for teachers, classmates and neighbors. Y

Kitchen Essentials:
Baking sheet
Stand or hand mixer
Plastic wrap
Parchment paper
Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
Mixing bowls
Cookie cutters
Piping bag and tips

Ingredients for Cookies:
2 sticks of room temperature unsalted butter
1 cup of sugar
1 large egg
1 egg yolk
1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon on vanilla extract
½ teaspoon of ground white pepper
Zest of one lemon
3 cups of flour

Ingredients for Royal Icing:
3 ounces of egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups of confectioner’s sugar

Directions for Cookies:
In a large bowl, combine the butter and sugar with a hand or stand mixer over medium speed. Next, add the egg, egg yolk, salt, vanilla, white pepper and lemon zest to the bowl and mix until fully incorporated. Slowly begin to add the flour one cup at a time until the dough is firm and turns into a big ball. With clean hands, create two round disks out of the dough. Cover each disk in plastic wrap and chill for an hour to three hours in the refrigerator.  

Now the fun part begins! Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a few baking sheets with parchment paper. While the oven heats up, cover clean surface and rolling pin with flour and roll out the chilled dough until it is about half an inch thick. Begin to cut out the cookies using cookie cutters of your choice. We used heart-shaped cutters about 3 inches big for this recipe but have also used smaller ones and they come out just as great. Place the cookies on the cookie sheet one inch apart. Create another disk of dough using the scraps and chill and roll out again until you have used all the dough. Bake the cookies 10-15 minutes depending on the size of the cookies. Keep a close eye on them by turning on the oven light. Resist the urge to open the oven door to avoid changing the temperature in the oven. The cookies are done baking once the edges turn golden brown. Remove from oven and allow the cookies to cool completely on a cooling rack before decorating them with the royal icing.

Directions for Royal Icing:

Royal icing is one of the best recipes for children to make because there is no heating involved. It could be a little messy, but definitely fun. In a large bowl, whisk together egg whites, vanilla and sugar until smooth. Divide the icing into separate bowls and add the food coloring of your choice. For this recipe, we divided the icing into two small bowls. We dyed one half red. The other half of the icing remained white. We used the white icing as glue for the multi-colored sprinkles we added to some of the cookies and the red icing to write on the cookies using a piping bag and a thin tip. Feel free to let your kiddo’s imagination run wild. No matter how the cookies end up looking, they will still be delicious!


  1. They are very kovely..İ will cook for my husnand..thanks gor the recipee..

  2. Oh my goodness! What a cute way to celebrate Valentine's! I know I'd love to be on the receiving end of one of these cookies!

  3. Oh, these are just beautiful! Your decorations are amazing and would be the perfect way to celebrate V-day!

  4. What pretty cookies - they look absolutely adorable and the recipe sounds wonderful too! I certainly would not mind getting some for Valentine´s Day on Friday!
    I have to apologize for taking such a long break from commenting - I had to spend a few weeks in hospital but I am now visting all my favorite blogs again - sorry about that!

  5. These cookies are so pretty! Perfect for Valentine's Day!

  6. These are just gorgeous! Perfect for Valentine's Day...both big kids (hubby) and little would be thrilled!!! xo


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