Monday, January 4, 2010

Lemon Slices - Bulldogs

The Bulldogs had their first game of 2010 and it was an interesting game to say the least, but more on that later.

I wanted a more refreshing cookie this time, as we just finished the holidays and I thought people might be a little tired of the holiday cookies and chocolate (I am not, but that is besides the point). Also, I love cookies that I can just slice and bake, so I was excited to try these. I wasn’t as organized this weekend as I should have been (I am going to blame this on the holidays one last time) and ended up baking the cookies only 3 hours before we had to leave – and the recipe said to refigerate overnight, hmmmm. Other adjustments were made, especially to cut down the number of cookies – when the new cookbook said “big batch” the really meant it, with most recipes averaging around 100 cookies!

Lemon Slices (Makes about 4 doz)

Recipe adapted from The Great Christmas Cookie Swap Cookbook - Good Housekeeping

1 large lemon
¾ cup soft butter (unsalted)
½ cup granulated sugar (+ more to decorate)
½ cup powdered sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp lemon zest (heaping tbsp)
2 tbsp lemon juice ( or juice from ½ large lemon)
2 cups all purpose flour
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt

1.Cream together the butter and the sugar (both granulated and powdered). Add in the vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice. Mix until well combined.
2.Combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix into the butter mixture.
3.Separate the dough into two balls and shape each ball into a 6 inch log. Wrap each log in saran wrap and freeze for 30 to 45 minutes. Slice each log into ¼” slices (crosswise)

Lay cookies on a tray, sprinkle with a little granulated sugar.
4.Bake at 350F for 12 minutes.

These were a nice cookie, that are a little lighter and have a bit of crisp to them. They boys enjoyed them (especially the goalie) and there were no leftovers.

The Bulldogs:
After 3 periods, 1 overtime period, 1 stick to the face, 1 puck to the face and one fight, the game ended in a tie. They didn’t get the shootout due to time constraints, and the boys think that lemon (while very tasty) isn’t a good pregame cookie. Of course they blame it on the cookies….

Next Bulldog game is Sunday January 10th. They have requested more ginger cookies….

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