Lemon Drop Cookies

I love lemon.  It is a summer flavor in my opinion.  When I saw these cookies on a blog, I thought they would be good; but they exceeded my expectations...  oh, did they exceed my expectations!  I am so glad I made a double batch.  It made quite a few so I made up some treat boxes and took them to my neighbors.  I hope you enjoy this batch of sunshine!

Take lemon drops (I used Claeys from Hobby Lobby I know Brachs makes lemon drops too.) and put them in your food processor or blender to pulverize into powder.  It takes about 6 oz for a double batch.
Assemble your ingredients.  Lemon Drops, 2 eggs, lemon zest, and half and half. 
Measure dry ingredients and mix with lemon drops...oops, looks like one didn't get crushed. 
 Cream butter and sugar.
Add egg and cream.  Mix well.
Add lemon zest; mix and add dry ingredients.
Dough should look a little like this.  Make 3 tablespoon sized balls and place on cookie sheet.  You're going to test the dough to make sure the dough is thick enough.  Cook for about 10 minutes.  Cookies shouldn't spread too much.  Add flour if needed.
Cookies should look like this.  Flat with little areas of "glossy" yellow.  Now, you must try one to make sure they are okay for your neighbors. Mmmm!
I prepared 3 boxes and lined them with parchment paper. Then I added cookies.
 I added a yellow bow to complete the look.  I'm sure my neighbors will love these!  Enjoy.

Lemon Drop Cookies 
*Taste of Home

1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar 
1 egg 
1 tablespoon half-and-half cream 
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel 
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
1/2 cup finely crushed lemon drops 
1 teaspoon baking powder 
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, cream and peel. Combine the flour, lemon drops, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. 

Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 3 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks. Yield: about 3-1/2 dozen.




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