I ♥ citrus desserts. Mmmm.
Lemon squares, Key Lime pie, lemon butter cookies.
And this weekend I had the hankering for a citrus dessert but all I had was one stick of butter, an egg and a couple of boxes of Krusteaz sugar cookie mixes leftover from Christmas.
Disclaimer: I am not usually a “just buy the mix” kind of girl. I love making things from scratch.
I appreciate the time, thought and labor that goes into well made food.
But I am also (somewhat) realistic. And sometimes a box mix just fits the bill.
These cookies were quick and yummy. Here is the recipe I came up with:
1/2 cup butter, at room temp
Juice of one lime
Juice of one lemon
zest from a lemon and a lime
1 box Krusteaz sugar cookie
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (you may have to add a little more depending on how juicy you citrus fruit is)
dash of salt
Preheat oven to 375ºF.
In a mixer, beat the butter, juices and egg until well mixed. Slowly add the cookie mix, flour, and salt into the egg mixture until dough forms.
At this point, you can refrigerate the ball of dough for a couple of hours(or the freezer for 45 min), but I didn’t want to wait. Patience is not a virtue I possess. (but it’s much better to refrigerate them).
On a well floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/8″ or so. Flour a cookie cutter and cut out cookies. (This dough is pretty sticky if you did not refrigerate it so a simple shaped cutter is best.) Using a floured spatula, place the cookies on a baking sheet about 1″ apart.
Bake at 375ºF for 8-11 min depending on the size of the cookie. Don’t let the cookies brown. When finished baking, carefully transfer the cookies to a cooling rack.
Glaze (this glaze does not harden) For perfect hardened decorating icing see this post.
1 12 cups powdered sugar
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp lemon juice
4-6 tbsp milk
2 squirts of yellow food coloring
In a small bowl combine the sugar and juices. Using a small whisk (or fork) slowly mix in the milk until you reach a smooth but slightly thick glaze. Add food coloring and mix well.
Once the cookies are cool on the racks, top them with glaze. Let the glaze set-up on the cookies for at least an hour (if you can wait that long before tasting them). Enjoy!
Yield: 2 dozen cookies
Common Sense note: I used gel coloring hence the squirting. If you use the liquid coloring, 2-3 drops is probably sufficient. You don’t want cookies that look like they were iced with a highlighter marker. Don’t get me wrong. I love a good highlighter, just not in my food:)