Lemon Sugar Cookies

Since I have learned to use royal icing, I have been making a lot more sugar cookies.  So, when planning my Mother’s Day Tea, I naturally chose to make sugar cookies along with my Pink Lemonade Cupcakes, and Spicy Hummus.  And why just any sugar cookies?  I decided to jazz them up a bit with some bright lemon flavor.

These bright, summery cookies perfectly complemented the cupcakes.  The design was inspired by The Sweet Adventures of SugarBelle.  Have you seen her creations?  A-mazing.  My cookies pale in comparison, but it’s okay, that’s what learning (and cooking adventures) are all about.

Lemon Sugar Cookies
An Amy Original

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
5 tbsp lemon juice
½ tsp lemon extract
½ tsp vanilla extract
3 cups flour

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. 

Slowly add in the baking soda, baking powder, salt, lemon juice, lemon extract and vanilla extract.  Mix in the flour on low speed until well combined.

Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 1 hour or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Roll out the cookie dough and cut into desired shapes.  Bake 8-10 minutes.  Cool completely, then decorate with your favorite icing.