Saturday, September 5, 2015

Lemon Lime Basil Shortbread Cookies

These lemon lime cookies are light and buttery. They're perfect for eating with an afternoon cup of tea. The submitter used the recipe from

Lemon Lime Basil Shortbread Cookies. Light and buttery. Perfect with a cup of tea.

Lemon Lime Basil Shortbread Cookies
submitted Stephanie Roman

Ingredients for 16 cookies:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar plus more for pressing cookies
  • 1/2 cup chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2' cubes
  • 2 tablespoons sliced fresh basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest plus 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 375 deg F.

In large bowl, combine flour, powdered sugar, chilled butter, basil leaves, lemon and lime zests, lemon juice and salt. Mix and fold ingredients into itself until a cookie dough is formed. Constantly scrape the side of the bowl to make sure that all ingredients are used. A simple fork can be used when mixing.

When a clumpy dough is formed, scoop a tablespoonful and form a small ball using the palms of your hands.

On a baking sheet lined with wax paper, arrange the dough balls with 2 inch spacing.

Flatten each ball into a cookie using the clean bottom of a ceramic cup or glass. You can dust off the bottom of a cup with powdered sugar to prevent cookie dough from sticking.

Bake for 14-15 minutes or until cookie edges turn brown.

Cool in a wire rack before serving.
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