lemon sugar cookies

The weather here has been a bit on the dreary and grey side, so I decided to make these lemony cookies to perk myself up a bit.  These cookies are really good - they're soft with a bit of chewiness (my favourite way to have a cookie) and coated with a crunchy sugar crust.  Not to mention the subtle lemon taste...

I first made these cookies to take to work just before I came to the Netherlands.  They were a big hit and generated multiple requests for the recipe - which I think is a sign that you should make a batch of these cookies too!

Lemon Sugar Cookies

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • zest from one lemon
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar, plus more for rolling the cookies in
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 egg

Preheat the oven to 375 F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Start by combining the dry ingredients and the lemon zest in a bowl and set aside.  Cream the butter with the sugars until light and fluffy, then add in the egg and continue mixing until fully incorporated.  Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

Get bowls and put about 1/2 cup sugar in one and water in the other.  Scoop up the cookie dough by heaping tablespoons, then dampen one hand and roll the dough into a ball with your wet hand so that the sugar will stick to it.  Roll the dough in the sugar then place it on the cookie sheet.  Use the flat bottom of a glass to slightly flatten the dough balls to about 3/4" thick.  Bake for about 15 minutes - until the cookies are lightly golden around the edges and the centers are just set.

Recipe adapted from Baking Illustrated

Here's a couple pictures from the market near our place in Amstelveen: