Dear Readers, pardon my absence from the blogging world. For the past few weeks life just got the better of me. Today I am sharing another shortbread recipe that I made using some Meyer Lemons that needed to be used. They are sweet little melt-a-way cookies.
I am also joing in Kathleen's party, Let's Dish, where you are invited to share your dish finds and tablescapes that you put together. Before I share the recipe, I want to share some of my finds from a Christmas Tree Shop store in Virginia. These little footed bowls went for twenty-nine cents. I was able to buy six of them.
These little napkin rings sold for a quarter, and I picked up 12 of them. I thought they would be perfect on a Santa table at Christmas as, to me, they look like Santa's belt.
Now to get back to the shortbread squares....
You can use Meyer Lemons if you have them; they have a short growing season, or just normal lemons.
I used these cookie cutters; they are from World Market
Recipe for Meyer Lemon Shortbread Squares
1 cup butter, no substitutes
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons lemon zest
4 teaspoons lemon juice
2-1/4 cups flour
Powdered sugar for dusting
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In medium mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Beat in the lemon juice and the lemon zest. On low speed, gradually beat in the flour, beginning with 2 cups of flour, and adding more flour, if necessary. The dough should be able to be rolled out. Roll out cookies to about 1/3 inch and cut with a cookie cutter. I used a small square-shaped cutter. Bake at 325 for about 9 - 10 minutes. Let cookies sit on baking sheet a few minutes, and then remove and cool on rack. Note: If you want a really moist shortbread, which I like, under bake a little and allow to sit on baking sheet for about 30 minutes after you take it out of the oven. The cookies will be fragile, but oh so moist and melt in your mouth! The baking times will vary with the size and thickness of your cookie. Yield 36 small cookies.
Just dusted cookies.
Please take one before you leave.
Just a bit on the home front. This is our friend Danielle or "Wookie," as she is affectionately known as. She came over for dinner on Valentine's Day. We served asparagus with a little bit of butter. Weirdly, all the butter on the asparagus somehow got shaped into a heart shape! She asked me if I shaped it, and I said "No, but it looks like a good sign for 2013!" She is single and such a beautiful person inside and out.
Thanks for dropping by my couch!!