Citrus Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies fall under two categories in my kitchen — cut-out and drop. Cut-out sugar cookies are fun to decorate but don’t excite my taste buds. Drop sugar cookies, on the other hand, may not be much to look at, but are delicious in the simplest way.

These cookies fall into the latter category. They have crispy edges and chewy middles, but a few seconds in the microwave will turn them into soft and chewy discs. The addition of citrus juice and zest do wonders for the flavor. I’ve tried these with lemon, orange, and lime. Lemon yields a classic sugar cookie, if that’s what you’re going for. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite, as all are delicious!

Citrus Sugar Cookies

Oven Temp.: 350°
Approx. Bake Time: 11-13 minutes
Yields: about 18 cookies

3/4 c. flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
4 tbsp. butter, softened
1/3 c. sugar
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. citrus zest
2 tsp. citrus juice
2 tbsp. beaten egg
extra sugar for dusting

– Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, beat butter for about 15 seconds. Cream butter, sugar, and zest until light and fluffy. Beat in juice and egg. Stir in dry ingredients.
– Roll level tablespoons of dough in extra sugar. Place on greased or lined baking sheet and flatten slightly.
– Bake in preheated oven. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for one minute, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.


2 Responses to Citrus Sugar Cookies

  1. VeggieGirl says:

    Oooh, I LOVE cookies that have crispy edges and chewy middles – yum!! I like your sugar-cookie variation, with the citrus flavor.

  2. nat tena says:

    i highly sugest dusting with confectioner’s sugar. buttercream frosting makes a great addition on top of cooled cookies!

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