My favorite cookies to make are the ones that don’t require much fussing with rolling, cutting or decorating. When I’m already feeling the busy crunch of the holiday season the last thing I want is to become grumpy about the prospect of baking up sweet treats for family and friends – because I do love that!
These lemon cookies are a family classic for me. They have a little crunch from cornmeal (because I can’t resist that rustic touch), and smell so citrusy; the rosemary adds its pine-like essence that never fails to revive my holiday spirits.
Lemon Rosemary Cookies
Makes about 40 cookies
10 tablespoons butter, softened
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest
2 eggs, at room temperature
¼ teaspoon lemon extract (optional)
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup coarse ground cornmeal (polenta)
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped , plus a few sprigs for garnish
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
¾ teaspoon fine sea salt
¼ cup pine nuts, plus extra for garnish
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Beat butter and sugar in standing mixer until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes on medium high speed. Add lemon zest and eggs, one at a time, beating until incorporated. Stir in lemon extract, if using.
In separate bowl, mix flour, cornmeal, rosemary, baking powder and salt.
Add dry mixture to butter mixture on low speed in 2 parts, just until dough comes together. Stir in pine nuts. Cover the and refrigerate for 1-2 hours, until dough is firm and scoopable.
Heat the oven to 325°F and line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
Scoop dough into tablespoon-sized balls (I like to use a cookie scoop) and arrange on cookie sheets.
Bake 12 minutes, or until the cookies are puffed and slightly golden on edges. Cool cookies on baking sheet 5 minutes before transferring to a rack to cool completely.
To make glaze, stir together powdered sugar, cream and lemon juice until smooth. Spread some glaze on each cookie; top with a few rosemary sprigs and a pine nut.
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