Lemon Shortbread Cookies

Given to me by a friend who adapted the recipe a bit for her own liking
Adapted from Recipe Girl


1  Cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2  Cup powdered sugar
1/2  Cup cornstarch
1/2  tsp. vanilla (or lemon) extract
1  tsp. finely grated lemon zest
1 1/2  Cups all-purpose flour
1/2 Cup Finely Diced Nuts (optional)

Rolling Sugar:

1  Cup powdered sugar, sifted
1  tsp. finely grated lemon zest


Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. You will only need one baking sheet if you’re using a large one.

In a food processor, pulse butter with powdered sugar until combined. Add cornstarch, extract, zest and flour; process until a soft dough forms. Remove the dough to a floured surface and divide into 4 equal chunks. Roll a chunk of the dough into a skinny log- about 12 inches long.

Cut each log into 12 pieces, and roll each piece into a ball. Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet about 1 inch apart. They won’t spread much, so you can probably get them all on one baking sheet.

Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, until the bottoms are golden but the tops are still light.

In a medium bowl, mix powdered sugar and lemon zest. Just use a fork to blend in the zest and get that powdered sugar scented with lemon.

Add a few warm cookies at a time to the sugar mixture. Roll in the sugar and remove to a wire rack to cool completely.


About Delicious Goodies

Love life, the outdoors, photography, reading, cooking, baking, spending time with family. Just a girl next door in what I call paradise - Southern California. By no means a professional cook, I do enjoy cooking, trying new recipes and sharing with others. I hope you enjoy what you find here! I have one Vegan in the family, so we are always making two meals, rather fun, and it allows us to try new ideas. When I was in Middle School I use to help my Grandmother make cookie canisters - every year at Christmas we would make an assortment of cookies, breads, candy and put them in a wrapped canister and give them as gifts. I still enjoy this idea, although haven't done it that much - at least not an assortment of goodies. I think this year will be the year I go back to that idea and see how everyone likes it. Have a wonderful week, and spread kindness everywhere you go!
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