Tangy Tea Cookies

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Tangy Tea Cookies

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Published prior to 2008

These delicate cookies are refreshingly tart-sweet.

Cookies
1 cup (2 sticks, 8 ounces) soft butter
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon lemon powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg yolk
1 1/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
3/4 cup Hi-maize Fiber or 1/2 cup cornstarch plus 1/4 cup flour

Glaze
1/4 cup melted butter
1 tablespoon lemon powder
1 1/2 to 2 cups confectioners' sugar

Decoration
food coloring, optional
sugar flowers for decoration, optional

Beat the butter, confectioners' sugar, lemon powder, salt, and vanilla until soft and fluffy. Stir in the egg yolk, then mix in the flour and Hi-maize Fiber until well blended. Continue mixing until the dough comes together.

Use a teaspoon cookie scoop to form the dough into balls about 1" in diameter, and place them on greased or parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake in a preheated 375°F oven for 10 to 12 minutes, until lightly browned on the bottom (the tops will be pale). Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for 10 minutes—they're fragile while warm. Transfer to a rack and cool completely before glazing.

Beat the glaze ingredients together, adjusting the consistency as needed with milk or confectioners' sugar. Add a few drops of yellow or green food coloring, if desired. Spread glaze on the cookies. Top with a sugar flower, if desired. Store cookies in an airtight container. Yield: about 4 dozen cookies.

Reviews

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  • star rating 09/22/2014
  • Lisa from Texas
  • These cookies have become my "signature" tea party treat. They are pleasantly tart, and if you make them small, they are the perfect pop of flavor. I find that the citrus flavor is a nice balance to all of the typical sweets that one tends to find at tea parties.
  • star rating 02/25/2009
  • TARA from CROWN POINT, IN
  • THESE COOKIES ARE SO WONDERFUL. THEY WERE SUCH A GREAT END TO A BEAUTIFUL TEA PARTY. MY GUEST LOVED THE FLAVOR, TEXTURE, AND HOW PRETTY THE SUGAR FLOWERS MADE THEM. THIS IS ONE OF MY GO TO COOKIES. IT IS EASY TO DO AND MAKES A GREAT IMPRESSION.
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