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Dive into the world of buttery delights with a tangy twist in these amazing cookies! These Whipped Lemon Shortbread Cookies are light, airy, and perfectly crumbly, with a burst of refreshing lemon in every bite.
Whether you’re sipping tea on a sunny afternoon or just need that little pick-me-up after a long day, this recipe is your ticket to pure cookie bliss. Another great lemon dessert recipe. One of our favorites actually. Let’s get whisking! You can even make your own homemade lemon extract for the recipe! It’s so fun!
What is shortbread?
Shortbread is a traditional Scottish biscuit that’s known for its simplicity and rich, buttery taste. It typically consists of three main ingredients:
- Butter: The key ingredient, which gives shortbread its characteristic rich flavor and crumbly texture.
- Sugar: Traditionally, white sugar is used, but variations might include brown sugar or powdered sugar.
- Flour: Typically, plain or all-purpose flour is used. Some recipes might also include rice flour or cornstarch to modify the texture.
The dough for shortbread is usually mixed until it’s just combined to avoid overworking, which would result in a tougher biscuit. The name “shortbread” is derived from the term “short,” a culinary description for anything made crumbly by the presence of fat (like the “shortening” in pie crusts).
Shortbread can be flavored in numerous ways, with additions like vanilla, lemon zest, chocolate, lavender, or nuts, but the classic version is plain.
Traditionally, shortbread is formed into one of three shapes:
- Large rounds, which are cut into segments as soon as they come out of the oven.
- Individual round biscuits.
- Rectangular fingers.
It’s commonly associated with Christmas and New Year celebrations in Scotland, but its popularity has spread, and it’s now enjoyed all year round and around the world. But we love to make it into cookies and crusts. For more amazing shortbread ideas, check these out:
Whipped Lemon Shortbread
For more lemon ideas, check these out:
Now let’s get to the main event.
- ½ cup of softened butter
- ½ cup of powdered sugar
- 1 cup of flour
- Juice of ½ a lemon
- 1 teaspoon of lemon extract
Blend softened butter and powdered sugar until it is smooth, for about 3 minutes.
Add lemon juice and lemon extract, mix for an additional moment.
Add flour and mix with a spoon until the dough is smooth and soft.
Place the dough in the freezer for 15 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, using a small scoop, form balls of shortbread and place them on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with non stick cooking spray.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 136Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 73mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 1g
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