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Slice ‘n’ Bake Lemon Gems

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

Makes

about 2 dozen

Rolled in colorful sprinkles, these melt-in-your-mouth cookies are pretty enough for a party. I make a lot of them for holiday cookie trays. (Complete your cookie tray with Chocolate Pretzel Rings.) —Delores Edgecomb, Atlanta, New York
Slice 'n' Bake Lemon Gems Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup colored sugar or nonpareils
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in lemon zest. In another bowl, whisk flour and cornstarch; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Refrigerate, covered, 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  2. Shape into a 7-in.-long roll (about 1-3/4-in. diameter); roll in colored sugar. Wrap in plastic; refrigerate 2-3 hours or until firm.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°. Unwrap and cut dough crosswise into 1/4-in. slices. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 9-11 minutes or until set and edges are light brown. Cool on pans 1 minute. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. In a small bowl, mix icing ingredients; spread over cookies. Let stand until set.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 117 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 46mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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