Lemon Shortbread Bites


My son is 3 months old today!
I wish I could explain how, but when I held Lionel in my arms for the first time, a delicate scent of freshly baked lemon cookies wafted out from his little body. I always knew that babies had that sweet, unmistakable “baby smell”, but who knew they smelled like pastries? Lionel’s soft lemon fragrance has long since morphed into that scrumptious baby odor, which I often deeply inhale from his head with delight.
I never forgot that lemony aroma that lingered around my son in his newborn days. So to commemorate the birth of Lionel and all the precious moments we’ve shared thereafter, I present to you these buttery, tart lemon shortbread bites . I call this dish, “The Little Lemony Lion” (“Lionel” means “young lion.”)
Wash down the lemony goodness with a cup of Assam tea.
These treats are for you, Son!
Recipe adapted from Add a Pinch
40 bites
Shortbread Ingredients
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Lemon Glaze Ingredients
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
You’ll Also Need
Electric mixer
Plastic wrap
Baking sheet lined with parchment paper
Instructions for the shortbread
On the electric mixer, use the paddle attachment to cream together the butter and sugar. Sift the flour into the butter and sugar mixture. Add the lemon zest and lemon juice. Beat on low speed until the dough combines.
Take out the dough and shape into a flat disk. Chill in plastic wrap for about 1 hour.
When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350. Cut the dough out into desired size and shape, and place onto the lined baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until set (the cookies will not brown). Allow to cool.
Instructions for the lemon glaze
Pour the confectioner’s sugar into a mixing bowl. Mix in the lemon zest and lemon juice. Stir until smooth.
On completely cooled cookies, spoon on and spread the glaze. Allow the glaze to set. Then, serve and enjoy!

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