Lemon Cutout Cookie Recipe for Cookie Cutters
How to make lemon flavored cookies for cookie cutters. These delicious and easy cookies hold their shape when baked. The secret to getting a cookie bursting with lemon flavor is to mix the fresh lemon zest with the sugar, so the flavors bind together. These pair well with our classic royal icing, recipe here.
Lemon Sugar Cutout Cookie Recipe
3 dozen 3" cookies
These delicious cookies have a bold lemon flavor thanks to the addition of lemon zest along with lemon extract. You can leave them "naked" or frost them with royal icing.
2 cups of Sugar
2 cups of Butter, softened to room temperature
2 Large Eggs
2 teaspoons of Vanilla Bean Paste (you may use vanilla extract as a replacement)
1 teaspoon of Lemon Emulsion
1 tablespoon Lemon Zest
6 cups of All Purpose Flour
Whisk the lemon zest and the sugar together in a bowl. Let it rest for a couple of minutes. This is going to bind the flavor of the lemon to the sugar and give you a bold lemon flavor.
In a mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the softened butter and the sugar until it's fluffy and light in color.
To your mixer bowl, add the eggs and the flavors (Vanilla Bean Paste, Lemon Emulsion) one at a time. Make sure they mix in well in between additions. Mix until everything is well combined.
Add the Flour to the mixer 2 cups at a time. Scrape the bowl in between additions. Mix only until well combined, do not overmix.
Divide the dough into equal portions and roll it in between two sheets of parchment paper. Use our precision rolling pins for equal thickness of the dough.
Once rolled, cut your cookies with any cutter that you want, and bake at 350 F for 10-15 minutes.
Cool these cookies on the pan for 2-5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
What flour should I use for cut out cookies?
Do not use self-rising flour, because it will make your cookies expand and not hold their shape. We recommend a white all-purpose flour like King Arthur, Gold Medal, White Lily, Pillsbury, or Bob's Red Mill.
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