Saturday, October 6, 2012

Lemon Gems

                                               Lemon Gems
I made these for my grandchildren's tea party. A soft cookie, with just a hint of tangy lemon.

1cup plus 2Tbl. flour
1/2tsp. salt
1/2cup sugar
1stick of butter
2tsp. lemon juice
1tsp. grated lemon peel

For the lemon glaze:
1-1/2cups confectioners sugar
2tsp. lemon juice
1Tbl. water
2Tbl. light corn syrup
5 drops yellow food coloring

You'll also need:
sparkling sugar crystals

Heat oven to 350*
Lightly greased cookie sheet
For the glaze, Combine all glaze ingredients in a bowl, and beat until smooth. Set aside.
In a bowl whisk flour and salt to blend. Set aside.
In another bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg, lemon juice, and lemon peel,  beat until smooth.
Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture.
Spread the dough onto the cookie sheet. about 1/8 inch thick.
Bake for about 20 minutes, or until it's just beginning to brown around the edges.
Cool 5 minutes, then brush on the glaze and sprinkle with sparkling sugar.
Cool completely, the glaze will harden. Cut into diamonds, or bars.

Press the dough, onto a lightly greased cookie sheet, into n 1/8-inch rectangle.

Bake until the edges are just beginning to brown. Cool 5-minutes, then paint on the glaze, with a large pastry brush, and sprinkle with sparkling sugar.

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