Valentine Cookies

Makes about 2 dozen cookies (depending on the size of your cutters)

2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature – I used a European-style butter, which has lower amounts of water and whey. This makes the cookies taste better and have a fantastic crisp texture, but isn’t absolutely necessary.

1/2 cup superfine sugar – this also makes the texture of the cookie, see below to make your own.

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Rind of 1 lemon – see below for directions

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour – measured by stirring flour and then using scoop and sweep method.

1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt – I used kosher salt and just added another pinch

Lemon Royal Icing:

1 1/2 tablespoons Meringue Powder

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/2 pound confectioner’s sugar

1 1/2 ounces lemon juice

Food Coloring Gel

more lemon juice – to thin out the icing when decorating

To make the cookies: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment.

Via Zoe bakes

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