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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

My Favorite Patriotic Cookie For The 4th Of July

Two years ago I discovered this recipe from Taste of Home - it has become our families favorite 4th of July cookie.

Make these treats throughout the year by using different cookie cutter and food coloring.

Lemon Nut Star Cookies

TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons half-and-half cream
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • GLAZE:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Red and blue food coloring


In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the lemon juice, cream and lemon peel. Combine the flour, almonds, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured star-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
For glaze, in a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, corn syrup and lemon juice until smooth. Divide into three bowls. Tint one portion red and one portion blue; leave the third portion plain. Spread over cookies; let stand overnight for glaze to harden. Yield: about 5-1/2 dozen.


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