Lemon Rose Shortbread Cookies
The sweetest Lemon Rose Shortbread Cookies. Lightly sweetened, buttery shortbread cookies hinted with lemon and vanilla, and finished generously with a sweet lemony glaze. These are easy, fun, so pretty, and so very delicious!
Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 15 minutes Total Time 30 minutes
Servings about 20 cookies Calories 124 kcal
- 2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon dried rose petals, finely crushed (optional)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons Meyer (or regular) lemon juice
- 1-2 drops blood orange juice (optional)
- 1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, lemon zest, dried roses, if using, and vanilla until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Add the flour and beat until combined, and the dough forms a ball.
- Roll out the dough between 2 sheets of lightly floured parchment to 1/4 inch thickness. Make sure you’re using enough flour or your dough will stick. Cut out the cookies using a heart-shaped cookie cutter or your favorite shape. Carefully transfer the cookies to a parchment lined baking sheet. Cover the baking sheet with plastic wrap and place in the freezer, freeze until firm, about 10-20 minutes. Roll out the leftover scraps, and repeat with the dough.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake the cookies on the middle rack of the oven for 12-14 minutes or until just lightly golden. Cool on the baking
sheet5 minutes and then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
- To make the glaze. In a medium bowl, beat together the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon water until smooth and drizzly. If needed, thin the glaze by adding water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until drizzly. Stir 1-2 drops blood orange juice if a pink color is desired.
- Dip the tops of cookies into the glaze, letting the excess drip off. Transfer to a wire rack and decorate as desired with fresh roses. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 4 days