Lemon Sugar Cookies Recipe

  American Cookie

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
5 Tbsps. reduced-calorie stick margarine, softened
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. grated lemon peel
2 drops yellow food coloring (optional)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsps. granulated sugar (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 2 nonstick baking sheets with vegetable cooking spray. Set aside.
2. In small bowl, combine flour and baking powder. In a medium mixing bowl, using an electric mixer set on medium speed, cream margarine and 1/3 cup of sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in lemon peel and food coloring. Alternately beat in flour mixture and lemon juice until well blended.
3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll in 2 tablespoons of sugar. Place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Using the tines of a fork, press a crisscross pattern onto each cookie. Bake until edges are lightly golden, about 10 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and cool completely.

Freezer: To freeze dough, prepare through step 2. Shape dough into 2 cylinders, wrap in heavy-duty plastic wrap or freezer paper; press out as much air as possible. Freeze for up to 1 month. To bake, thaw dough in refrigerator. Cut into 1/4-inch slices; sprinkle with sugar. Bake and cool as directed in Step 3.

Lemon Sugar Cookies

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