Lemon Shortbread with Sprinkles might be the perfect cookie — sandy, lightly sweet, lemon-scented and impossibly cute with seasonal sprinkles.
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If you only learn to make one cookie, I think it should be shortbread. It’s simple to make, few ingredients, yet pays off with big flavor and delivers ultimate sweet satisfaction. I’ve never seen someone turn down a shortbread cookie.
First, it’s easy to see that there aren’t many ingredients. Second, they’re usually cut in small squares, so if you like them, you can reach for another. And if someone needs a teacher gift, or has a baby, or a birthday, or gets some good news, they’re easy to bake up and bring later that afternoon or the next day as a gift. When I send them to work with my husband, the container comes back with only crumbs.
I’ve made this as a small-batch recipe, because shortbread is basically a butter-and-sugar delivery system. You know? And there can be too much of a good thing, especially when it is delicious, so if we make a small-ish batch, we won’t feel we have to finish the whole thing off ourselves. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.
How to make Lemon Shortbread with Sprinkles
Gather your ingredients (oops, I am missing the butter from the photo above. Sigh.). This only has 5 ingredients, plus sprinkles if you are using them. (If you leave them off, that’s your business. I am not the boss of you.) And since they have so few ingredients, use the best quality you can find or afford, because you’ll be able to taste the difference!
First you’ll line your loaf pan with parchment paper, leaving the 2 long sides overhanging a bit. These will become handles later on, to lift the shortbread easily out of the pan after baking. I now use this technique nearly every time I bake something. With a nonstick pan, you don’t have to grease the pan that way; it just pops out!
Mix the ingredients (except sprinkles) using an electric mixer, or you could stir it together by hand if you like. I’m lazy and I like my mixer, so I always use it. It will come together quickly into a thick dough.
Put the dough into the prepared loaf pan. I’m using a metal pan, but use a glass or ceramic loaf pan if that’s all you have. Use what you have!
Use your hand to press the dough down. It is quite malleable.
Apply sprinkles as liberally as you like! You’re in charge. Tamp them down lightly so they adhere.
You can vary the look of it with different colored sprinkles. This batch looks particularly springy, doesn’t it?
After it’s baked, use the parchment to lift the whole thing out of the pan in one piece.
Cut it into 18 squares. Or hey, make it 12 pieces if you want to be a rebel. You do you.
All right, let’s GO!
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Sponsor products used in this recipe for Lemon Shortbread with Sprinkles
In this recipe, I’ve used Lemon Extract Paste from Taylor & Colledge, an Australian company that makes premium flavorings for baking. It’s gluten-free, Kosher, suitable for vegetarians and vegans, GMO-free and comes in an easy-to-use tube.
I have also used Dixie Crystals sugar, a high-quality pure cane sugar.
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Wednesday #SpringSweetsWeek Recipes
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- Coffee Jelly Roll  by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Cream Cheese Cupcakes  by Pook’s Pantry
- Easter Dessert Board  by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
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- Kumquat Upside Down Cake  by Jen Around the World
- Lemon Cake  by House of Nash Eats
- Lemon and Lavender Cream Pie  by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Lemon Cooler Cookies  by Blogghetti
- Lavender Lemon Cheesecake Bars  by Eat Move Make
- Lemon Poppyseed Bread  by The Carefree Kitchen
- Lemon Shortbread with Sprinkles  by Shockingly Delicious
- Mini Carrot Ginger Rhubarb Bread Loaves  by The Spiffy Cookie
- Mini Key Lime Pies  by Palatable Pastime
- No Churn Lavender Ice Cream  by Art of Natural Living
- Raspberry Almond Coffee Snack Cake  by Sweet Beginnings
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