Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Lemon Shortbread

Shortbread always makes me think of the holidays for some reason. It is a simple treat that is comforting and usually pairs beautifully with cocoa or tea. I would go with tea for this shortbread because it is flavored with fresh lemon zest. The great thing about shortbread is that it can usually be made in a pretty short time period. This recipe does not disappoint, it can be prepared in about a half hour, start to finish. 

As you know I love to talk about how recipes could be customized, and I think this recipe would also be good with orange zest or with some finely chopped pecans mixed in. Wouldn't that be nice? I used a mortar and pestle to grind the lemon zest and granulated sugar but if you have a clean coffee grinder or a small food processor then go for it. I'm one of those people who like to grind spices and such in the mortar and pestle when I can.

Some people have the little plastic or metal disks that they use to imprint designs on shortbread. I have those and plan to make some pretty shortbread sometime soon. I'm pretty excited about thanksgiving desserts too though, in addition to Christmastime desserts of course. Fall is definitely my favorite time of year. It's so odd to me that we just moved from NC last week and had 80F days and now the high here in VA is 50F and it's 30F outside right now. It's not that far away but I think we just picked the right time to move, right before it became super cold. This is super cold to me. I'm also excited because we have a fire place now and cocoa by the fire is so great to me. Yay!

I have some fun ideas for desserts I want to make in the coming weeks and I'm also looking into breads too because people usually like the bread posts a lot too. That's probably because bread is delicious. When we go to a restaurant with a bread basket I always remember what kind they have and tend to get really excited when we go, because I love bread. Love bread. Now that I've talked about how much I love bread then lets go see about these cookies :).

Lemon Shortbread
Makes 36 cookies

cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold, cubed
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
cup milk (I used 1%)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Granulated sugar or sanding sugar (for sprinkling)

1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grind together the lemon zest and granulated sugar in a small food processor or a mortar and pestle until combined well.
2. Place the flour, butter, salt, and baking soda in the bowl of a mixer and blend until mixed well and it is about the size of small peas, 2-4 minutes. Add in the sugar mixed with lemon, milk, and vanilla. Blend the mixture until it is just combined but do not over mix.
3. Roll or pat out the dough to about 6” x 7” and be sure to make the edges square. Cut the dough into 36 pieces and place them on a sheet pan lined with Silpat or parchment paper. Sprinkle the cookies with sugar and bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. Cool completely on a wire rack and store in an airtight container.

Printable recipe

Recipe adapted from Miette 

This recipe may be linked up to:

· Inside BruCrew Life - Trick or Treat Tuesday's
· Crazy For Crust - Crazy Sweet Tuesday’s
· Pint Sized Baker - Marvelous Mondays
· Alli 'n Sons - Sweet Tooth Friday 
· DJ's Sugar Shack - Whatcha Whipped Up?
· The Real Housewives of Riverton - Riverton Housewives Round Up
· Sweet as Sugar Cookies - Sweets for a Saturday 
· Mandy's Recipe Box - Totally Tasty Tuesday's
· A Pinch of Joy - Busy Monday Link Party 
· House of Hepworth's - Hookin up with HoH 
· Cups by Kim - Sweet & Simple Sunday  
· Couponing & Cooking - Mealtime Monday 
· What's Cooking, Love? - Showcase Your Talent Thursday 
· Bacon Time with the Hungry Hungry Hypo - Anything Goes Linky
· Chef in training - Tuesday Talent Show
· Dwell on Joy - Dwell on Friday 
· Six Sister's Stuff - Strut Your Stuff Saturday
· Something Swanky: Desserts & Designs - Sweet Treats Thursday 
· A Slice of Southern - Southern Sundays


  1. I am so making these tomorrow! Wish I could just steal your samples. May have to make a cookie field trip to VA, how far a ride? Made earl grey tea shortbread by flavoring the milk with a tea bag once, Yum!

    1. That's a great idea to use a tea bag to flavor the cookies!

  2. 12 hours later and I am ready to bake! Taking butter out of freezer, can't wait!

  3. Wow, they sound and look delicious!
    I would love to have you share this or any other recipe of yours at Wednesday Extravaganza - my Foodie Link Party with the chance to get a lifetime feature on my Wall of Fame! Here is the link:

    Can't wait to see you there!

    1. Thanks for stopping by and for the invite! :)

  4. These sound wonderful -- you sold me on the lemon zest and sugar ground with mortar and pestle! Cocoa is the perfect thing for 30 degree temps, btw! Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!


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