The sugar cookie base is soft and moist, with just a hint of lemon. The texture is just perfect! I love that they stay soft for several days and don’t fall apart when you take a bite. The strawberry buttercream is sweet and flavorful and complements the soft cookies perfectly. These cookies would be the perfect dessert for any summer celebration!
- 2½ cups cake flour
- 2 teaspoons corn starch
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup butter, room temperature
- ¼ cup shortening
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 egg white
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon lemon extract
- zest of one lemon
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- pinch of salt
- 3½ cups powdered sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons strawberry puree (from about ½ cup strawberries)
- Whisk together the cake flour, corn starch, baking powder, and salt, and set aside. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter, shortening, and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg, egg white, vanilla extract, lemon extract, and lemon zest, and beat until smooth. Add the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate one hour (or freeze 20 minutes if you're impatient like me).
- Preheat the oven to 375. Prepare two baking sheets by spraying with cooking spray or lining with parchment or baking mats. Dust a work surface with flour and roll out the dough to a ⅓ - ½ inch thickness (depending on how thick you like your cookies). Cut out cookies using a cup or biscuit cutter and transfer to the baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes, or until the bottom is lightly browned (the tops of the cookies will still be very pale). Cool completely before frosting.
- To make the frosting, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add the salt, powdered sugar, and vanilla, and mix to combine. Add the strawberry puree and beat until light and fluffy. Frost cookies as desired and enjoy! (If you're interested in topping them with roses like I did, here is a link to an excellent tutorial.)
cookie base adapted from Cooking Classy
Who would have thought of Strawberry Lemonade Sugar Cookies?!? Seriously – genius! Thanks, Alicia!
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