Lemon Shortbread

by , May 30, 2017
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Diana Rattray

These melt-in-your-mouth cookies are made with only four ingredients! The fresh lemon flavor makes them perfect for spring and summer entertaining. Or enjoy them any time of the year.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes



  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or leave it ungreased.
  3. In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar; add the finely grated lemon zest and blend well.
  4. Add the flour a little at a time, until dough begins to hold together.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead lightly to form a disk. If the batter is very sticky, add a little more flour.
  6. Roll out to a thickness of about 1/4-inch or slightly thicker with a lightly floured rolling pin.
  7. Cut into squares or other shapes with a sharp knife or cookie cutters.
  8. Arrange on the prepared baking sheet.
  9. Prick each cookie in a few places with the tines of a fork.
  10. Bake the shortbread for 20 to 25 minutes, or until just lightly browned on the bottoms.
  11. Cool on wire racks.
  12. Store in an airtight container.

Makes About 2 1/2 Dozen (30 Servings)

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