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Italian Lemon Cookies

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Exclusive recipe from our Gluten-Free Gourmet Desserts Cookbook collection (pages 138-139)

Gluten-Free Italian Lemon Cookies: These cookies do a wonderful job of mimicking a traditional Italian lemon cookie. mild flavor and flaky texture make this a great tea or snack cookie.

These cookies were designed to replace some (gluten-containing, traditional flour based) favorite cookies from a local Italian bakery. The end result comes close enough to satisfy those cravings for the original Italian Lemon Cookies.

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Gluten-Free Italian Lemon Cookies
Cookie Ingredients
½ Cup (1 Stick) Butter
6 Ounces Cream Cheese
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
1½ Cups Cornstarch
½ Cup Glutinous Rice Flour
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
Zest of One Lemon (optional)
1 Egg (slightly beaten for an egg wash)
Glaze Ingredients
1¼ Cups Powdered Sugar
2 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
2 Dozen Cookies.
Baker’s Tip

Since these cookies do not spread when baked, you can place all cookies on one sheet if you choose (to speed baking).

Store in covered container. They will keep a few days, though they may get a bit dry after the first day or two.

Cookie Directions
  1. Cream together the butter and cream cheese. Add baking powder, oil, cornstarch, glutinous rice flour, vanilla, sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest (zest is optional, but adds flavor). Mix until just blended.
  2. Take enough dough into your hands to roll into a one inch ball (approximately). Form ball into oblong / oval shape (or whatever shape desired — ovals pictured below, with lower-right cookie in pre-flattened state). Place formed cookies on greased baking sheet and flatten slightly.
  3. Picture: how to form lemon cookies on pan.
  4. Brush egg wash (beaten egg) on top of cookies (helps with browning).
  5. Bake at 425°F for 15 minutes — tops will be a light golden brown when ready.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before dipping tops of cookies in glaze.
Glaze Directions
  1. Place powdered sugar and lemon juice in a bowl and mix until smooth.

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