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Card Trick Cookies

I've always loved shortbread and enjoy the extra flavor of this lemony version. The dough is well "suited" for cutting out cookies in heart, spade, diamond and club shapes as late-night treats for card players.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour


  • In a bowl, cream the butter, sugar and lemon zest. Add flour; mix well. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. Divide dough in half. Flatten each portion and roll out between two pieces of waxed paper to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with 2-in. cookie cutters into desired shapes (such as hearts, spades, diamonds and clubs). Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 325° for 15-20 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 161 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 103mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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