Holy Downton Abbey.
Do you watch Downton? If not: do yourself a favor and clear your schedule this week. Watch all three seasons immediately — and if you somehow manage to pace yourself like a civilized human, I commend you for having restraint of great proportion.
Really though, I have friends my age (both men and women) who love it — and I’m sure my Mom and Grandmother would love it too! It’s just such a great story, hilarious (thank you Maggie Smith!), and beautiful to watch.
Anyways: I CANNOT BELIEVE LAST NIGHT’S EPISODE! I won’t give anything away, for those of you not caught up, but SERIOUSLY: WTF? Now I can’t wait another 11 months (yes, ELEVEN months) for season 4. I’m terribly pathetic when it comes to waiting for addictive shows to come back. Especially with awful cliffhangers, such as the one they tossed out last night. UGH.
Had I not already consumed them all, I would be drowning my Downton sorrow in these iced lemon cookies: they’re pretty phenomenal, if I’m allowed to say that about my own cookies! I like ’em extra lemony, so I threw in some extra zest, and lemon juice — you could tone it down if you wish, but what’s the fun in that?
I started out drizzling them with icing, but decided the dip method was much more satisfying — and easy to make a perfectly coated cookie! Get after it!
- 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 3 Tbsp lemon zest
- 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
- 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl. Set aside.
- With clean fingers, rub the sugar and lemon zest together until fully incorporated. Combine with the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer, and cream together on medium-high until light and fluffy (4-6 minutes), scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
- Add the egg, mixing until incorporated, then the lemon juice and vanilla.
- Comine the wet and dry ingredients, and mix until just combined.
- Chill the dough for 30 minutes before rolling into slightly flattened ⅛ cup balls and baking on a parchment-lined cookie sheet for 12-14 minutes. The edges will be set but the tops of the cookies should not brown.
- Let the cookies fully cool before whisking the powdered sugar and lemon juice together, and dipping each cookie into the glaze.