The great feast is a happy memory.  Now is everybody ready for something real simple—like an old fashion cookie with the cup of tea?  This just might be your ticket to a four o’clock teatime break.  Easy to put together in one bowl—drop the cookies by spoonsful on to the cookie sheet, sprinkle a little coarse sugar on top—-and you might be transported back to Granny’s kitchen on a winter afternoon.  Or try them with a little glass of Limoncello for an interesting aperitif!

  • 1 ¾ cups flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • Zest of one large lemon
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • ½ cup soft butter
  • 1 tblsp lemon juice, or more to taste

Whisk all dry ingredients, plus lemon zest, together.  Add eggs, soft butter and lemon juice—then hand beat to combine well.  Chill for 15-20 minutes.  Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper and preheat oven to 350’.  Drop small spoonsful of cookie dough on to sheets, then sprinkle with finishing sugar.  Bake for 15+ minutes until lightly browned around the edges—and the kitchen smells like a lemon grove.  Cool on racks.

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