12 Days of Cookies! Day 3: Lemon Sugar Cookies

These cookies were the first cookie with citrus that I had ever made. I have mentioned before that my love of lemons is something new for me. I have made these numerous times over the last 6 months, but baking with citrus was a bit nerve racking for me at first. I had to really start with the basics the first time I made these, truly I didn’t even know how to zest a lemon! It had been by pure chance that I had picked out a lemon zester a couple of weeks prior to the first batch. Thankfully there is the internet to look things up when you are unsure of how to do something, I got onto YouTube and found this video in case you are wondering as well. The recipe calls for both baking soda and baking powder, the first time I made this I only had baking soda and it turned out fine. The second time I did what the original recipe calls for (1 tsp baking soda and ½ tsp baking powder) but the cookies came out super flat. Now I just make them with only baking soda, I may have done something wrong, not sure about that…

Recipe by Two Peas & Their Pod

Lemon Sugar Cookies

2 ¾ cups flour
1 ½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 large egg
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ tsp vanilla
1 ½ cups sugar
zest of 2 lemons
½ cup sugar, to roll the cookies in

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1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. In a small bowl mix lemon zest, lemon juice, egg and vanilla extract. In a medium bowl mix all other ingredients except the ½ cup of sugar for rolling. Mix until combined and slowly add the lemon mixture.
3. Roll rounded tbsp of dough in the sugar and place on cookie sheet

4. Bake 8-10 minutes (mine are normally cooked 6-8 minutes).

The Rest of the cookie days:
Day 1: Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
Day 2: Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip
Day 4: Birthday Cookies
Day 5: Candy Cane Cookies
Day 6: Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies
Day 7: Chocolate Sugar Cookies
Day 8: Creamsicle Cookies
Day 9: Classic Spritz Cookies
Day 10: Peppermint Chocolate Chip
Day 11: Gingerbread Cookies
Day 12: Peppermint Kiss Cookies