Friday, July 23

It's Always Sunny... (Lemon Cookies)

Midterms are over! I'm determined not to slack off for the second half of this quarter like I did last quarter, so instead of sleeping in the sun for the next three days, I'm going to stay on top of the clinical work and reading that we have to do (in between sessions of sleeping in the sun). I do have a long list of things that I want to make over the next few weeks, so expect some sweet (and savory) postings that make the most of the rest of the summer!!

Hubby and I have started watching It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia on DVD. (Yay for Netflix!) I love watching TV shows all at once, like we did with House, Dexter, Friday Night Lights, Arrested Development...instant gratification. Much better than commercials and hiatus cliffhangers. After many recommendations from pretty much everyone we know, this month is Always Sunny - which gets funnier and funnier as it goes on.

These cookies are little bite-sized pieces of sunshine. They're buttery and lemony and melt in your mouth. Perfect little mid-July treat!

Always Sunny Lemon Cookies
(taken from Real Simple)

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 large egg yolks
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tbsp + 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp grated lemon zest

Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg yolks, vanilla, and salt - beat until combined thoroughly. Gradually incorporate flour, mixing until just combined. Turn out onto wax paper and shape into 1-1/2 inch logs (I made one long one, but you can make two shorter ones if you want). Refrigerate 30 minutes, until firm.

Preheat oven to 350. Remove from refrigerator and cut into 3/8 inch slices. Place on parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 13-15 minutes, until golden brown (the recipe says longer, but they brown quickly). Cool on sheet 2 minutes, then transfer to wire racks. Cool completely.

Whisk confectioners' sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest in a small, wide mouthed bowl. Dip cooled cookies into the glaze, and allow to set (15-20 minutes) before stacking. The cookies can get slippery, so hold on! Allow the glaze to set before serving (unless you eat them all yourself, in which case the choice is yours).

Little pieces of lemony goodness!! :-)

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