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Simple Sugar Cookies

A few weeks ago, I was having a super bad day - the kind of awful day that makes you want to crawl under the covers and not come ever again. I came in to work the next morning and found a frosted sugar cookie on my desk. My co-worker Dina, who loves to bake as much as I do, left me a small pick-me-up. It was a perfect sugar cookie; soft and tender with white chocolate frosting and red decorative sugar. I thanked her and begged for the recipe. This is the email I got:

“Cream together 1 c butter, 2/3c sugar; beat in 1 egg, 3tsp grated lemon rind, 1 Tb lemon juice, 2 ¼ c sifted flour.  Mix well, chill dough. Roll. Cut, 350 bake. 8-10m.”

I was surprised – there’s no salt, vanilla, baking powder, which are all standard ingredients in any baked goods. She assured me that it wasn’t a mistake and that it was really that simple.

I was at IKEA recently and I found these adorable cookie cutters. The hedgehog is what convinced me to buy it, but I also love the snail and squirrel.


I made the simple dough, and let it chill for 8 hours. I rolled them out on the thick side, about 3/8”, so they took 15 minutes in the oven, till lightly golden on the edges. I went with a simple lemon glaze (lemon juice & powdered sugar), to mirror the lemon in the cookie.

I thought they were quite good, but I thought Dina’s was better. I think a thick frosting would have paired better with the cookie. Next time I’ll make my salted caramel frosting to decorate it.

I brought some cookies to my friend Kim and I got a text this morning:

Kim:  Try to imagine this in a pronounced British accent:
"That's CHAMPION, that is!"
--What Robin said upon receiving the cookies.
Thank you, he is really enjoying them.

sugar cookies


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