Lemon Meltaways

Lemon Meltaways ~ Light and buttery, these lemon bite-sized cookies are a real treat! Easy to make and the perfect little bite of lemon!

Source: www.savingdessert.com

Do you think if I post bright lemony recipes, spring will come early?  Probably not but it’s nice to dream.  The forecast is calling for -4 degrees tomorrow night, we have about 7 inches of snow on the ground and a cold front coming in.  I’m really not complaining  because we’ve all wished for a good snow this year.  Now that we’ve had our snow – I’m ready for blooming dogwood trees, tiny tomato plants in the garden, asparagus peaking out from the frozen ground and I can’t wait to go camping and kayaking again!  It seems like it has been a long, long winter.    But who wants to talk about the cold when there are delicious, lemony, melt-in-your-mouth cookies to share?!?

I’m envious of my west coast friends with citrus trees in their yards.  How fun would it be to go outside and pick a few lemons and whip up a batch of these sweet gems?

Lemon Meltaways are easy to make with just a few pantry ingredients.
These truly do melt in your mouth and are similar in texture to a buttery shortbread cookie.  The lemon brightens the cookie and gives it an irresistible freshness.  Simple to make with just a few pantry ingredients they come together in no time.  Roll the dough into balls or flatten into discs and bake until barely browned around the edges.

The warm baked cookies can be tossed in confectioners’ sugar like a Russian Tea Cake or Mexican Wedding Cookie.

Or drizzle with a lemon glaze and have a memorable lemon experience!  The glaze can be thin or thick – it’s all up to you!

Lemon Meltaways are bite-sized treats that freeze beautifully!
Rolling the cookies into a small single-bite size treat makes it super easy to pop them in your mouth.  That can also be bad if you keep the entire batch for yourself.  They are not overly sweet so they’re the perfect light ending to any meal.  And they won’t make  your tummy hurt if you have a few for breakfast.  Not judging – just saying!

How to avoid a bitter lemon aftertaste when making these cookies:
When zesting lemons, make sure you’re not getting any of the white pith. The pith can make the cookie taste bitter. You only want to grate the yellow zest on the outside of the lemon. I recommend using fresh, firm, organic lemons that have not been coated in any kind of pesticides.

Ingredients
For the cookie dough:

  • 14 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest, packed - about 2 lemons (no white pith)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, about 1 lemon
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

For the lemon glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest for garnish, if desired

Instructions Visit: Lemon Meltaways By:www.savingdessert.com

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