Italian Lemon Cookies Decorated for St. Patrick’s Day

Italian Lemon Cookies Decorated for St. Patrick’s Day

Ingredients

    1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

    3/4 cup of sugar

    4 eggs

    2 + 1/2 tsp. pure lemon extract

    3 cups, plus 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour

    5 tsp. baking powder

    1/2 tsp. salt

Lemon Glaze

  • 2 + 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. milk
  • 1/2 tsp. pure lemon extract
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon zest
  • green sprinkles

Instructions

  1.     Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2.     In a large mixing bowl. Beat butter and sugar until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time and beat until each egg is well combined. Stir in the lemon extract.
  3.     In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt with a fork.
  4.     Slowly add flour mixture to the egg mixture, and beat until the dough is smooth and sticky. Drop by teaspoons onto an ungreased baking sheet, and space them apart, about 2-inches.
  5.     Shape each one into a ball as best as you can, using the back of a spoon to assist you.
  6.     Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove and cool, before adding the glaze.

Directions for Lemon Glaze:

  1.     In a small bowl, mix the first four ingredients together until smooth.
  2.     Set aside for 2 minutes, allowing the glaze to thicken. Top each cookie with some glaze, about 1 teaspoon. 
  3. Garnish with green sprinkles on top
  4. Set them aside for the glaze to dry.
  5.     Yields: 34 to 36 cookies

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