Lemon Shortbread

Tis the season for sweets! I love shortbread for gift-giving, I haven’t met a soul who doesn’t love it.
This is my personal favorite, the creaminess of butter and freshness of lemon go together so well.
Sometimes I add a tsp of Penzey’s Spices powdered lemon peel for a little extra citrus zing as well.
For some reason the older I get, the more I love citrus and bitter flavors!
LEMON SHORTBREAD
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
zest of 1 lemon
Combine everything in a mixing bowl.
Beat with a wooden spoon until combined. (Don’t let it get too creamy.)
Pat dough evenly into an 8 or 9 inch square pan. Bake at 325 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until just beginning to turn golden.
Let cool in pan for 20 minutes, then remove from pan, transferring to a cutting board right side up.
Either cut in small shapes or use a large knife to cut in 1 1/2 inch squares.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature for about 5 days.
Lemon Shortbread

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • zest of 1 lemon

Instructions

  • Combine everything in a mixing bowl.
  • Beat with a wooden spoon until combined. (Don't let it get too creamy.)
  • Pat dough evenly into an 8 or 9 inch square pan. Bake at 325 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until just beginning to turn golden.
  • Let cool in pan for 20 minutes, then remove from pan, transferring to a cutting board right side up.
  • Either cut in small shapes or use a large knife to cut in 1 1/2 inch squares.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for about 5 days.
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    Comments

    1. I have not tried these with lemon juice. The flavor will be less inesnte because the extract is more concentrated. You may want to try a teaspoon of juice and see how that works. Adding too much juice might make a difference in the consistency of the dough. If you use the juice, I’m thinking maybe you should add another teaspoon or two of lemon zest because that adds flavor too. good luck and happy birthday to your mom!

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