I thought I should make something that did not have chocolate in, although I am not sure why :)
These three citrus cookies are divine and refreshing, especially this time of year. They are basically a sugar cookie with the zest of lemon, lime and orange. If you already have a sugar cookie recipe you love just add the zest to it. I roll the dough into logs, freeze the dough and slice off cookies to bake. As with the other recipes I have been sharing, do not thaw. I find inserting the dough wrapped in a piece of wax paper into a paper towel tube, helps me to roll the dough. The dough is soft and easy to roll.
A couple of tips.
1 I use a fair amount of zest because remember when you freeze items they loose their flavor a bit and you want to keep that punch.
2 Make sure you really get your butter and egg mixture all mixed because when you add the flour, you want to just barely mix it till it comes together. So feel free to really mix the butter and scrap the bowl and get all those bits, so you are ready for the flour.
3 If you do not want to freeze the dough at lest chill it an hour. You want that butter to re-harden.
4 After the cookie dough has frozen make sure you wrap the dough well and always keep frozen.
5 Keep roll on flat surface till frozen, so it will freeze flat (I made this mistake !!)
6 Here is a tag (just click on it to make it bigger) for you to save in your pictures and print up. If you give a roll to a needy friend you can add the tag. Enjoy !!!
Three Citrus Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/4 cup all-purpose white flour (or all white flour)
1/2 cup sugar, I used evaporated cane
3 egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. salt
zest of a lime
zest of a lemon
zest of 1/2 a orange
In mixer cream together butter and sugar until creamy. Add zests, yolks and vanilla. Mix, scrap down bowl and mix again. Add flour and salt and mix till it just comes together.
Divide dough in half. Roll into 12 inch long logs. Wrap in wax paper and freeze on cookie sheets. When frozen cut logs in half and wrap in wax paper again. Then set rolls into freezer baggie.
To bake, pre-heat oven 350. Slice cookies, set on greased cookie sheet and bake 10-12 minutes or until cookies start to turn golden on the edges.