Citrus Sugar Cookies

Citrus Sugar Cookies

3 1/2 C. all-purpose flour

1 t. baking soda

1/4 t. salt

1 C. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

1 3/4 C. granulated sugar

1/4 C. packed light-brown sugar

2 large eggs

2 T. finely chopped candied orange peel

2 t. grated lemon zest

1 t. grated lime zest

1 t. grated orange zest

6 drops lemon oil

3 drops lime oil

3 drops orange oil

Fine sanding sugar, for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 350° F. Line two baking sheets with Silpats or parchment paper; set aside. Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and the granulated and brown sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating to incorporate after each addition. Mix in candied orange peel, the zests, and the oils. Reduce mixer speed to low, and slowly add dry ingredients. Beat until fully combined and dough begins to form around paddle.

Use a 2-inch ice-cream scoop to drop cookies onto prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Flatten cookies with palm of hand. Sprinkle with sanding sugar. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush tops with water. Sprinkle with more sanding sugar. Transfer to oven, and bake until just beginning to brown at edges, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool completely.

Makes about 30.


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