Slice-and-Bake Lemon Shortbread

Slice-and-Bake Lemon Shortbread
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Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • coarse sanding or turbinado sugar for sprinkling

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter, granulated sugar, lemon zest, and vanilla on medium speed until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until the flour is incorporated (dough will be crumbly but will hold together when squeezed in the palm of your hand).
  3. On a piece of parchment, press the dough together firmly to form into a rectangular block, 12 by 2 by 1 inches (use a ruler or metal spatula to square off the sides). Wrap in the parchment and refrigerate until firm, about 3 to 4 hours.
  4. Heat oven to 350° F. Cut the dough into ⅓-inch-thick slices and place on baking sheets spaced 1 inch apart; sprinkle with the coarse sugar.
  5. Bake, rotating the baking sheets halfway through, until the edges begin to brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool slightly on the baking sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 7 days.
By November, 2010

Nutritional Information

  • Per ServingServing Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories 104Calories From Fat 46
  • Fat 5g
  • Sat Fat 3g
  • Cholesterol 14mg
  • Sodium 14mg
  • Protein 1g
  • Carbohydrate 13g
  • Sugar 6g
  • Fiber 0g
  • Iron 0mg
  • Calcium 3mg
What does this mean? See Nutrition 101 .

Quick Tip

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The most accurate way to measure flour (especially important when baking) is to use a large spoon to scoop the flour into a dry measuring cup, then run the flat edge of a knife across the top of the cup to sweep off any excess. Resist the urge to scoop flour with the measuring cup directly from the bag: It’ll become compacted and you’ll get more than is intended for the recipe. 

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