Citrus Zested Sugar Cookies

citrus zested sugar cookies

Our good friends moved into a new house last month. When we went to visit, being the foodies we are, we wanted to bake something. As luck would have it, we had received our Secret Recipe Club assignment so we had a lot of options for baking inspiration thanks to Food Babbles!

I usually bake something chocolaty since, like us, they are chocoholics. Just thinking back right now, I believe at different times we’ve made them a No Bake Brownie Batter Cheesecake, Cookies and Cream Oreo Fudge Brownies, and of course Rachel’s classic Chocolate Chip Cookies. But this time we decided to be a little “adventurous” and baked these citrus sugar cookies. They were a hit! The cookies have a nice firm outside but soft and chewy inside. They are not overly sweet (as some sugar cookies tend to be), and the fresh lemon zest really adds a great dimension. Best part was just how easy there were to make. Kate, the mom-of-three, fellow New Jersyian (is that a word?), and food blogger behind Food Babbles, said these cookies were first made by her Grandmother, Nana. While our recipe, and Kate’s, are made from scratch, Nana left a comment on Kate’s post saying she is “sticking to the dry Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie and adding whatever inspires” her. :) Sounds like my Nana!

So, if you want to make the cookies from scratch, follow our recipe below which is the same as Kate’s. If you are in a time crunch or just don’t feel like it, follow Kate’s Nana’s direction and go grab some sugar cookie mix and add in some zest!

Kate currently has a giveaway going over at Food Babbles- head on over and check it out (since you need to go peruse her fantastic recipes anyhow!)!

citrus zested sugar cookies

It was nice visiting with our friends this weekend. They have two little ones around the same ages as our boys, so the kids have a blast playing with each other and it’s nice for the adults to reconnect. We’ve known each other since college, I was in their wedding party and he ours, I’m Godfather to his son and they are Godparents to our little boy. It would be very fair to say we are both at similar point in our lives, with our heavy focus being on our families. I’d say this is partially what has kept us close, and perhaps made us closer over the years.

I have other good friends, close friends, from the same circle, bonded at the same time. But we are now at different points in our lives; some not married and some married but not with children. We find ourselves presently at different points in lives and may never be at a similar point in life again- but that’s ok. When we do get together, we click into place as we always have, we just have different things to share. I have my proud daddy moments to share, and my trials and tribulations being a father, and my friends have their stories to share; one with his sky diving stories and not-safe-for-work stories, the other stories about what he’s seen and experiencing being an inner city school counselor, and so on.

It’s just a part of growing older I think; life taking people in different directions. Some friends directions are presently more aligned with mine, and some not. And it is all good.

citrus zested sugar cookies

Citrus Zested Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp orange or lemon zest

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and butter until fluffy.
  3. Next, beat in the eggs one at a time and then add the vanilla.
  4. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, salt, cream of tartar and baking soda. Add the orange or lemon zest.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the sugar mixture and stir to incorporate.
  6. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and then roll them in sugar.
  7. Place them on the prepared baking sheet 2 inches apart and bake 12-14 minutes or until lightly golden.
  8. Cool for 2 minutes on the cookie sheet then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
http://thekeenancookbook.com/dessert/citrus-zested-sugar-cookies

Recipe from: Food Babble

citrus zested sugar cookies

 

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