Frosted Lemon Shortbread Cookies
Author: Guava Rose
Prep time: 18 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 48 mins
  • 2 c. all purpose flour
  • 1 c. salted butter, softened
  • ½ c. granulated sugar
  • finely grated zest of 1 lemon (optional)
  • 2 T. melted butter
  • 1-1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 3-4 T. lemon juice
  • finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Whisk together flour, sugar and lemon zest in a mixing bowl. Add in butter and rub it into the flour mixture until a smooth dough forms.
  2. Place dough onto a floured board. Sprinkle the top with flour. Roll dough out to ¼" thickness. Cut out shapes with 3" cookie cutters and place onto a baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 32-37 minutes, or until cookie is done but still pale. Remove cookies from pan and place them on a rack to cool.
  4. For the frosting, place butter, sugar and lemon zest into a bowl. Mix with 2 T. lemon juice, then add the remaining lemon juice as needed, one tablespoon at a time, until a good spreading consistency is reached. Frost cooled cookies and let air dry overnight. Store finished cookies in an airtight container.
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