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Mrs. Claus' Lemon Cookies

(7 Votes)
MAKES
36 cookies
COOK TIME
15 Min

Mrs. Claus' Lemon Cookies have just a hint of lemon and are so festive-looking, they'll add sparkle to your dessert table easily. And since Mrs. Claus made them, you know they're Santa approved!

What You'll Need:
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 teaspoons lemon extract
  • 1 egg
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  • GLAZE
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 3 drops yellow food color
What To Do:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat baking sheets with cooking spray.
     
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, oil, milk, salt,  lemon extract, and the egg. Roll dough into 1/2-inch balls and place on prepared baking sheets.
     
  3. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, or until cookies are set but not brown. Let sit 5 minutes then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
     
  4. In a medium bowl, combine glaze ingredients and stir until smooth.
     
  5. Dip tops of cookies in glaze and place on wire rack.
Notes
  • Use assorted sprinkles and decorating sugar to decorate your cookies. Just be sure to do it quickly, before the glaze hardens!
     
  • If you want to decorate your cookies with multiple colors, separate glaze into smaller bowls and mix in food colors one drop at a time, until desired colors are reached.
     
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Awesome! I made them for Christmas today, big hit. I didn't have enough lemon extract left, so I used almond extract instead, but reduced to 2 tsp since almond extract is so strong. They were perfect! I just left the lemon extract out of the glaze. I can't wait to make them again, but this time the lemon version.

Made these over the weekend and family and co-workers loved them. Definitely make them again for Christmas Eve. I did have some trouble with the glaze, it was very thick when I followed the recipe. But I added a splash more milk and it became creamy, and stayed sweet and tasty.

Could you use lemon juice instead of lemon extract in the glaze?

No, lemon juice won't work as a substitute for lemon extract because it's not as strong as lemon extract. Doubling up on lemon juice won't work either. We suggest sticking to lemon extract to get all that tart, lemony flavor!

I was wondering the same thing, thank you for asking!

Delicious and so easy to make. Makes a pretty plate with the sprinkles. :)

Very good and easy to make. Mild lemon flavor.

These cookies were simple to make and easy to decorate. I will put in a little more extract next time for a stronger flavor. I agree that I will try in different flavors in the future--orange, anise, almond, maple, vanilla.

These are a little dry, but have a nice mild lemon flavor.

I used anise extract and they were fabulous!

I am going to do this also...and roll them in chopped almonds before baking. these should be very tasty.;

I wonder how this would be with almond extract instead of the lemon?

sounds great!

These tasted soo good and with little time were soo easy!!! Will keep this for a long time!!

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