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Holiday Shortbread Cookies

These cookies are very tender!

Quick Facts

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 10 to 15 minutes per batch
Yield: 6 dozen cookies

Ingredients

COOKIES:

  • 1-1/3 cups Argo┬« Corn Starch
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon Spice Islands┬« Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel

ICING:

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice, plus additional 1 to 2 tablespoons as needed
  • Red food coloring, optional

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. For COOKIES: Combine corn starch, flour and 2/3 cup powdered sugar in medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. Beat 2 cups butter in a large bowl with a mixer at medium speed until softened and smooth. Add the corn starch mixture, vanilla and 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon peel; beat well. (If necessary, refrigerate dough 1 hour or until easy to handle.)
  4. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and place them 1-1/2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten slightly with bottom of a glass dipped in sugar to prevent sticking. Bake 10 to 15 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned. Cool completely on wire racks.
  5. For ICING: Beat together in a medium bowl 1/3 cup butter and 1 teaspoon lemon peel until butter is softened. Add 4 cups powdered sugar and lemon juice; beat until well combined, adding additional tablespoons lemon juice or milk, if needed, to reach spreadable consistency. Add red food coloring, if desired. Decorate cookies with icing. Store in a tightly covered container.