Holiday Cookie Countdown

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… and in terms of food, that means:

1. Overeating to my heart’s content without even thinking about calories
2. Homemade eggnog (recipe coming soon)
3. cocktail party after cocktail party for a month straight
4. and last, but not least, HOLIDAY COOKIES!

So, with that in mind, I thought I would share some of my favorite cookie recipes. Some are very holiday-centric (think gingerbread men) and others are just delightful (see below). So stay tuned, as I reveal another cookie recipe every couple of days, and email your favorites… We are always looking for reader recipes!

Lemon Sandwich Cookieslemoncookie.jpg
makes about 40 cookies

For the cookies:
2 sticks butter, room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp lemon zest, finely grated
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups flour
2 tbsp sanding sugar (granulated works too)

For the filling:
4 oz. cream cheese, room temp
1 tbsp lemon zest, finely grated
1 cup powdered sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. With an electric mixer, beat butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy – just a couple of minutes. Add the lemon zest and salt and mix until combined. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour and mix only until flour in incorporated.

Place dough on a sheet of plastic wrap. Form dough into a disk about 1/2 inch thick, then wrap and chill until firm (about 1 hour or up to 2 days).

Unwrap dough and place on a lightly floured piece of parchment paper. Roll dough to about 1/8 inch thick. The dough will be somewhat sticky, so flour frequently. Cut out cookies using a 2 inch round cookie cutter, or a water glass. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Repeat process until all dough has been cut into cookies. Bake until the dough is about the turn a light golden color (10-15 minutes) – you want to take them out as soon as they are cooked almost through. Think less is more in this case.

While cookies are cooling, prepare the filling by mixing cream cheese and zest until smooth. Slowly add the powdered sugar mixing until smooth and creamy. Mix in enough flour to make a spreadable filling.

Assemble cookies Oreo style.



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