First up, before we start talking about cookies I wanted to let you know that the fabulous Melissa, who has guest blogged for me before, has started her own blog and I’m so excited for her! So be sure and stop by and say hello!
Now let’s talk some cookies!
This year for Christmas I put together gift baskets for the adults in the family. Basically I baked a lot of stuff, threw in some candy, gave them each a gift card to a favorite restaurant and topped it with a bow. (Well not literally a bow, but you know what I mean.) We really don’t need anything, so why not give them something they can enjoy and not have to keep up with! I baked pecan pie bars, gingerbread cookies, Hello Dollies and lemon sugar cookies. I then added in some coffee, candy and the gift card and it made a nice little bundle.
When I was living in Knoxville back in the day I always loved the lemon cookies from Ham and Goodys. Sadly it has been years since I’ve had one, and in fact the last time I was in Tennessee I stopped in only to find out that they were sold out that day! I remember them being lemony and just perfect and for years I’ve thought I’d try to make something similar. It took me a while, but at Christmas I finally got around to just that!
In all honesty I have no idea if these cookies are even similar to the ones I remember so fondly from Ham and Goodys. It’s literally been over a decade since I’ve had one of those cookies (How is that possible?), but I can tell you that they are some really fabulous lemon cookies! I’ll definitely be making them again.
What You’ll Need:
2 sticks of butter, softened
1 cup of organic cane sugar
1 teaspoon of sea salt
The juice of one lemon
The zest of one lemon
3 cups of unbleached all purpose flour
Cream together butter, eggs, sugar and sea salt until creamy. Add lemon juice and zest and mix until incorporated. Slowly add flour and mix until dough forms.
Shape dough into a ball and place in the fridge for at least 4 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Place dough on a floured surface:
Cut dough into quarters:
Roll each quarter out flat:
Cut into desired shapes and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until slightly golden.
Cool and store in an airtight container.
Oh and I have it on good authority that Santa LOVES these cookies! ;oP
Notes: The Ham and Goodys cookies are glazed. I had intended to glaze these with a lemon topping as well and then sprinkle them with a little silvery sanding sugar, but I ran out of time. Next time I think I’ll combine a cup of powdered sugar and enough lemon juice to make a nice icing and see how that turns out. Also you could do this with limes or key limes in place of the lemon for a lime cookie.