Hi, Deb again from Cooking on the Front Burner and I’m excited to be back this month with these Patriotic Shortbread Cookies just in time for your holiday menu planning!
Celebrating patriotic holidays bring back fond memories for me. Those are times when we would visit our aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins. Sometimes we would just have a picnic “down the yard” as my grandmother would call it or we’d go to picnic grounds. Sometimes the weather was great and other times, we would be shivering wrapped in blankets. But the best part was just getting together and enjoying each others company. And we always had amazing food! It’s all about the food, right? I’m sure these cookies would be a hit.
- 2 cups flour
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 sticks unsalted butter (soft)
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 1½ cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- colored sprinkling sugar (red, white blue)
- Combine the flour, cornstarch and salt in a medium sized bowl
- In a larger mixing bowl beat the butter and powdered sugar until it becomes light and fluffy. Next mix in the vanilla and zest.
- Take the dry ingredients and gradually add them to the butter mixture until it is well blended.
- Flatten into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap - - keep refrigerated for one hour.
- Preheat oven to 350
- On a lightly floured large cutting board roll the dough ¼" thick. Use a cookie cutter (your choice), cut and place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. (about 1" apart)
- Bake until the bottoms are light brown which takes about 10-12 minutes and be sure to not overbake.
- Cool on cookie sheets for 5 minutes then place on wire rack to cool completely.
- To make frosting whisk the powdered sugar and lemon juice together, frost cookie and sprinkle with sugar if desired.
Another fond memory was going to parades and I really miss that. As a kid I loved when the candy was thrown and we would all run around and try to get as much as we could. Since our families lived in small towns, everyone knew everyone and I thought that was so neat. Now that we have a couple grandchildren, I’m hoping we can start some similar traditions with them.
And most importantly patriotic holidays are a time to remember all those who have worked hard for our freedom especially those who lost their lives. So this year as we celebrate, I’d like to send a special thanks to our troops.
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These look so delicious!! And I think my kids would have fun making these with me. 😉
Thanks for sharing these patriotic cookies with us Deb!
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