6 months ago

Lemon Bar Cookies

Dusted with confectioners sugar, these soft, chewy cookies are like a tart lemon curd or lemon bar in cookie form. For a different citrus tang, make them with lime or even grapefruit instead.

Makes 4 dozen cookies
Preparation time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Bake time: 15 minutes

Ingredients
4 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
⅓ cup instant lemon pudding Mix (powder)
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 pound cream cheese
2 sticks unsalted butter
3 cups sugar
1 teaspoon lemon extract
3 tablespoons lemon zest
2 eggs
¼ cup lemon juice
Confectioners sugar (powdered sugar) for rolling and dusting

Directions

  1. In a bowl combine flour, lemon pudding mix, baking powder and salt. Mix together with a whisk.
  2. Using your electric mixer or beaters, beat together cream cheese, butter, sugar, extract and zest.
  3. Add eggs one at a time to butter mixture.
  4. Mix in lemon juice.
  5. Slowly add dry mixture to wet mixture, beating on slow until just combined.
  6. Cover and refrigerate dough for at least one hour.
  7. Heat oven to 350 F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  8. Scoop out 1-inch rounds and roll them in a bowl of confectioners sugar. (Note: Dough will be sticky.)
  9. Place on cookie sheet, leaving 2 inches between each cookie dough ball.
  10. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until edges are just barely browned.
  11. Cool on cookie sheet for 10 minutes, then finish cooling completely on cooling rack.

Recipe source: The Seaside Baker