by Kimberly A. Cook (Twitter@ WarriorTales)
On Christmas Eve I decided I wanted to bake an old family favorite, Lemon Holiday Cookies. Now the only way I touch anything with lemon is with lots of sugar added, so these little treats fit the bill. We made these growing up using the manual turn cookie press and I love the scent of lemon in the air when they bake.
Its been several years since I’ve made them, but I’d been given the cookie press by my Mom and using it always brings back great memories. So to pass on this gem of a recipe, here goes.
Lemon Holiday Cookies
Combine thoroughly in large bowl:
1 1/3 Cup soft shortening (half butter may be used, I do)
2 Cups sugar. (Was not kidding about the sugar)
Food coloring of your choice for color. (Green for trees!)
2 eggs, unbeaten
1/4 Cup Cream (or milk)
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp lemon extract
4 Cups sifted enriched flour
2 tsp double-acting baking powder
1 1/2 tsp salt. Add to blended mixture; mix well.
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheets. Flatten slightly with spatula or fork. (Or use cookie press)
Add colored sugar sprinkles for decoration. I like green and red.
Bake at 400 degrees F. for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool and store in tight containers. Makes about 12 1/2 dozen small cookies.
What family holiday recipes do you cherish? Bake on!