Thursday, January 04, 2007

lemon slice sunny day sugar cookies

lemon slice sunny day sugar cookies

these cookies are very easy to make and are like regular sugar cookies, only they are cut in half and rolled in brightly coloured sugar. their texture is softer than the standard sugar cookie [at least the ones i know]. note that you need to make sure you press the sugar in well and cut them in 1/4" slices, no thinner.

makes about 48 cookies [i never count!]


2 c all-purpose flour
1 1/4 c powdered sugar
3/4 c unsalted butter, softened
1 egg
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp freshly grated orange peel
2 tsp lemon extract, not juice [don't omit]

sugar ingredients:

1/4 c sugar
4 drops yellow food color
2 drops red food color


sift dry ingredients together to eliminate lumps and distribute evenly. combine all remaining ingredients in large bowl. beat at low speed. scrape bowl often, until well mixed.

divide dough in half. shape each half into a 6 x 1 1/2 inch log. wrap in plastic wrap. refrigerate until firm [at least 2 hrs].

combine sugar and yellow food color in jar with lid. cover and shake until well mixed [about 1 to 2 minutes]. remove 2 tbsp sugar; add red food color to remaining sugar. cover; shake until well mixed.

heat oven to 375°F.

cut logs in half lengthwise with sharp knife. roll 2 halves in yellow sugar and 2 halves in orange sugar.

cut into 1/4-inch slices. place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. bake for 8 to 10 minutes or til edges are lightly browned.

enjoy some sunshine!


Lilandra said...

Lemon is like the next best thing after chocolate.

What's lemon extract?
I want these cookies!

The TriniGourmet said...

oh those look sooo nyaam :D

The TriniGourmet said...

LILANDRA!!! lemon extract isn't like lemon essence?? they have at HiLo!!!
buh dis chile eh easy :D :D :D :D

burekaboy — said...

hey lilandra - welcome! sarina is right, lemon extract is the same as what you call lemon essence. it is oily and is used only in baked goods to add a lemon flavour.

sarina - thanks! they are lemony good, especially on snowy cold days (we don't have much of a winter right now though)

The TriniGourmet said...

trini comin to make a lime on your blog now!! :D :D :D :D bureka boy will never be the same :D

funny i was supposed to be asleep 3 hrs ago :P

Lilandra said...

what is bureka? should i read an about and it will tell me?
i don't call anything lemon essence :-p
but i will find out about this substance if necessary

chennette abhors essence

thanks for welcome bureka

Anna said...

my friend, you are the original cookie monster.

beenzzz said...

These sugar cookies do look like a slice of sunshine. I bet they taste light and refreshing also. I'm really into that combination at the moment.

burekaboy — said...

lilandra - a bureka is a kind of very popular (jewish) snack food which is shaped like a spanish empanada only they are typically very small and filled with either cheese or vegetable mixtures like potatoes or eggplant. it falls into things i love to eat!

anna - LOL! happy 2007 to you & j.

beenzzz - i thought so, too. i actually made them for a friend.

Lilandra said...

spinach and feta filled?

you changed the picture

burekaboy — said...

lilandra - yes, they can be filled with feta and spinach also but often (mashed) potato is involved to make it less "watery". i love the pure cheese ones the most. re the picture, yes i changed it. other one was too dark for my liking.

Pam said...

Potato and onion burekas are my favorite. ;)

The cookies look great! I love almost all things lemon-flavoured. When are you starting your shipments out West?

The TriniGourmet said...

prejudice!!!! :P i thought the darkness was to give it a come-hither sultry sweet vibe ;)

either picture made me happy in a sparkly sugary way :D

Coffee said...

!!!!!!! No words as always!!!!

From where do you get all the energy to do so much!!!!????

Can this lemon extract be used for your coconut chocolate bounty????

burekaboy — said...

pam - forgot about onions! fried of course until they are caramelized beyond description :P thanks for the compliment!

coffee - hehe, it's called obsessed. yes, the extract is the same thing to use in it. R- you call it essences, i think, in your part of the world. it's like kewra essence only it comes in a whole bunch of different flavours. hey, kewra may be an idea for a variation with the coconut! :P

sarina - LOL, i didn't hate the pic but found it too dark for the "sunshine-y" description. i do like the 'come hither' sultry connotation though! sparklicious — HA!

ML said...

I'm a huge fan of lemon. Your pictures always make me so hungry!

annie said...

WOW, these look marvelous!!! I'm just racing through your blog looking for the salad dressing recipe and saw these. The wedding is over, so I'm going to come back and see what all you've posted about, and look these cookies over more closely!

burekaboy — said...

ml - hey ml, thanks! :) i am a fellow lemon-lover, too

annie - HI!! :) mazaltov and congrats! i completely forgot you had told me about it. was wondering if perhaps you had gone into hiding! LOL. speak to you soon :)