Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Lemon Snickerdoodles


So, maybe these aren't technically snickerdoodles, but they're very similar. They're thin (which means they spread a LOT, so make sure you leave a lot of room between them when baking) and chewy, with crispy edges. The flavor is wonderful - bright and lemony. I have a stash of these, unbaked, in the freezer so I can have freshly baked cookies in just ten minutes.

That's probably my best cookie tip of all time - freeze unbaked scoops of cookie dough in ziploc bags, just make sure you label them with the correct oven temperature and time! (And you might have to add a minute or two to the baking time.)

I found this recipe at Tove's blog - it's in Swedish.

Lemon Snickerdoodles
about 40

250 g butter, at room temperature
400 g sugar
1 egg
4 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
grated zest from 1 lemon
2 tsp vanilla sugar (or 1 tsp extract)
420 g all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
extra sugar for rolling, optional

Beat the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the egg, the lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla sugar. Mix well. Add flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder, and mix lightly.

Shape the dough - which will be quite soft and sticky (chill it a little if you need to) - into walnut-sized balls and place well apart on a baking sheet. You can roll the cookie balls in sugar first, but I didn't.

Bake at 175°C for 8-10 minutes, and let the cookies cool completely on the sheet (or they'll break easily). They should be pale, but lightly golden around the edges.

Recipe in Swedish:
Sega citronkakor


LoLy said...

WOW, I Love it :) Thank you so much for sharing :) Have a wonderful day

Tora said...

This made my mouth water.

Oh, the lemony zestiness, the crispy, tantalizing sweet crunch of the edges... paired with the chewy, soft, yet crumbly, slightly buttery centre. So mesmerizing...


Victoria McLean Hall said...

I'm definitely making these this weekend! Being 18 weeks pregnant the only thing i'm really loving is lemon so i'm SUPER excited to see how these turn out! Thank you for sharing!

Matarkivet said...

Ser j├Ąttegoda ut! Och perfekt att frysa in obakade, det ska jag anamma.

Jenny said...

These sound wonderful. Thanks for sharing :) I've been on a lemon kick lately... must be the cold weather and citrus is so zesty.

Pene said...

Anne, I made these on Monday. But I cut the sugar a bit & added a bit more flour to compensate & I accidentally left out the egg. I use a cookie scoop which is quicker than making balls, & the cookies came out a little higher but still delicious.