Strawberry Lemonade Shortbread Cookies
These Strawberry Lemonade Shortbread Cookies are like little bursts of sunshine and are the ultimate summer cookies. Plus, they're incredibly easy to make!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Chill Time2 hrs
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 24 cookies
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp strawberry extract
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup crushed freeze-dried strawberries, plus more for sprinkling on cookies
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1/4 cup coarse/decorative sugar
- Zest of 1 lemon (for sprinkling on cookies)
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 3-4 Tbsp lemon juice
In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat butter, sugar, and salt on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Mix in strawberry extract and vanilla extract.
With mixer running on low speed, add flour and crushed freeze-dried strawberries to butter mixture and beat to just blend, taking care not to over-mix.
Divide dough in half and place each half on large pieces of plastic wrap. Fold plastic wrap over dough to completely cover and use your hands to roll the dough into a smooth log, about 2" in diameter. Repeat with second half of dough and then place in fridge to chill until firm, about 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Taking one dough log out of the fridge at a time, brush the outside of each log with egg wash and roll in coarse sugar.
Slice each log into ½"-thick rounds and arrange on prepared baking sheet about 1" apart. Bake for 11-13 minutes, until edges are just beginning to turn golden. Let cool slightly on pan before moving to wire racks to cool completely before icing.
Dip cooled cookies in lemon glaze coating about 1/2 of cookie. Sprinkle on additional crushed strawberries and lemon zest, if desired.
In a small bowl, whisk together confectioners' sugar, lemon zest, and 3 Tbsp of lemon juice. Add remaining Tbsp lemon juice if mixture is too thick.
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