Soft Italian ring cookies scented with lemon and dunked in a lemon glaze.
Course Italian Cookies
3cupsall purpose flour
1tbs+ 1 tsp grated lemon zest
1tsppure vanilla extract
1tspfresh lemon juice
Ingredients; Lemon Glaze
4 to 6tbsfresh lemon juice
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Line 3 cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
In a medium bowl , stir together the flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.
Pulse together the sugar and lemon zest in a food processor for about 2 minutes.
In a stand mixer or hand held mixer, beat the sugar-lemon zest mixture with the butter on medium speed until it turns pale and fluffy. For about 2 minutes.
Add the eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition. If using a stand mixer, make sure to scrap down the bowl a couple of times. Beat in the vanilla and the lemon juice.
Reduce the speed to low and start adding the flour mixture a bit at a time until it is combined.
Using a small ice-cream scoop of about 1 1/4 inch in size, scoop out dough onto a lightly floured counter. If you don’t have an ice-cream scoop, a tablespoon will do.
Roll the dough into a rope, not more than 4 inches. You can roll them on your counter but I found it easier to roll between the palm of my hands, lightly dusted with flour. Bring the ends together, slightly overlapping and pressing to form a ring.
Transfer to your prepared cookie sheet and repeat with the remaining dough leaving about 1 inch space between each cookie. These cookies do not spread while baking but will expand somewhat.
Bake one pan at a time in a preheated oven at 350* for about 15 to 18 minutes. The cookies should have a pale golden look when done. Transfer cookies on a cooling rack. Let cool completely before icing.
For the glaze;
In a small bowl, whisk together the icing sugar and lemon juice till smooth. Dunk the top part of the cookie into the icing and let any excess drip off. Place the cookie on a wire rack and sprinkle with the nonpareils of your choice. Let the cookies dry completely. These cookies keep well in an airtight container lined with wax paper between each layer and stored in a cool dry place and freeze very well.
Adapted from the wonderful, Martha Stewart Website